There are a lot of options out there if you need to take a bunch of passengers in comfort. Although the trend has very much died down, there are still plenty of minivans on the market that offer eight-passenger seating in something distantly resembling comfort. Seven-passenger vehicles abound, even though virtually none of the people driving one will ever have any reason to carry seven passengers at the same time. But if you’re going to carry an entire women’s curling team with alternates, and you want to look like a god among men while you do it, you’ll have to get a little more creative than a Grand Caravan.
This car is actually stumping me somewhat. It appears to be a 1968 Cadillac Sixty Special… but the grille isn’t quite right. This does become the problem when you’re dealing with a custom-built limousine like this one; during the process of converting a regular car into a limo, the body style can change, and the fabricators will use components from several different years. This beauty was auctioned off at the recent Edmonton Motor Show, and was already sold by the time we saw it, so most of the information had been removed.
The layout is fascinating, however. There are of course the two seats in the driver’s compartment, separated from the rest of the vehicle by a plastic sneeze-guard. Directly behind that wall are a pair of jump-seats facing rearward. There are then a pair of folding seats, resembling the normal style of rear seat you would see in a 7-passenger sport ute today, and a pair of large, luxurious thrones at the very back. This is an eight-seater Cadillac. This is a minivan done right.
Probably the most interesting thing about it is that it’s really not much larger than a regular Cadillac Sixty for the era. It has almost twice the seating capacity, but it’s only a little bit larger. Sure, maybe that Honda Odyssey will give you better fuel economy. But you know what? Your kids would be happier if you dropped them off for school in this. Guaranteed. And if they’re not, they’re probably not your kids anyhow.