Cadillac Day at the Larz Anderson Museum

Cadillac day lead

During the summer, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, in Brookline, MA, hosts a number of themed events. We, Jay and I, have covered many of them in the past and by now we all should be familiar with what’s what; it’s a series of themed car shows: Porsche Day, Miata Day, Mercedes Benz Day, German Car Day, British Car Day, etc.

This year we start off with Cadillac Day!

The turnout was smaller than most shows, but there were many interesting, if rare/obscure cars. Overall it was a mix of the old, the new, and the really old. There were a few one-offs, too, such as the shorty and the longy pictured above. The most interesting car of all wasn’t a Caddy at all, but rather it was a Caddy.

VW Caddy

At first glance this looked like someone just put a bug Caddy V8 into the bed of the, uhmm, Caddy. A closer look however, revealed  that it’s actually the whole front-end of an Eldorado. Awesome, I’d to hoon that all day, everyday.

The other interesting aspect of the show were the Cadillac owners. Some were some extremely stereotypical, be it owners of mint 1970’s models or the low-rider group, while others, mostly people who owned the 80’s and 90’s cars, were just gosh-darn interesting but in a weird way.

Enjoy the pics.

18 Comments

  1. Looking at that lead photo, were all the Caddies there that day mangle-modded?

          1. I'm willing to be wrong pretty much constantly. It feels nice to be good at something.

  2. I remember working these events back in the '80s. What a summer job for a high school hoon! I didn't care that I had to ride a Yamaha Towny scooter all the way there from Stoneham. I volunteered until they started paying me. Eventually I bought the curator's KZ650 and things got a bit better.
    Cadillac Day. Most cigars per capita than any other club. And the largest, stinkiest most ostentatious cigars, none of your tiparillos in that crowd. This was Regan/Thatcher era capitalism's showtime; nearly mint condition Nixon – Agnew bumper stickers on them Eldorados. The men were all pasty and overweight and looked like the butchers that worked in the steakhouse down in Brighton, only in white polo shirts instead of aprons. The women all wore gold everything. I met some nice people, but they were LOUD nice people!

    1. The way that Great American Car day and Cadillac Day have been going, I think Caddy needs to be folded into American Car day, cause that one has been embarrassingly poorly attended the last couple years.
      That, and they need to start the lawn events in mid-April, cause 90 degree temps in July and August actually hurt participation and organization. I love the fact that very last lawn event last year was snowed out – I think it was BMW day actually. But its good to see that they're stretching the calendar into pleasant weather territory, aka Autumn. In July and August people bail at noon cause its stupid hot outside. Some days in July the show field was deserted by 1:30pm cause everyone and everything got broiled.
      Tutto Italiano, especially, either gets monsooned out, or everyone gets third-degree burns. There is no third weather option that first weekend in Aug. So I'm all for starting the season early, and ending late.

  3. A wild mix of cars for sure, very eclectic. Lots of modified weirdness for some reason, very unlike typical Larz lawn events.
    DTS 4door cabrio is an interesting thing to see, Tajikistan is gonna need that for its military parades in a couple years, we should give them a call.

  4. Sadly, Cadillac Day at the Larz has been kicked around on the schedule and grown smaller over the last seven to ten years. I wasn't able to make it to this one because of travel, but it used to be one of my favorite lawn event days of the season.
    Thanks for the great pictures!!!

  5. anyone have any more info or photos on that rear engine cadi truck thingy? just wanted to see more engineering/custom photos of that motor – transaxle area..
    cheers

  6. and not a '68 to be seen anywhere. The nicest looking car was the '68 Impala parked on the street

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