1953 Cadillac Le Mans Concept news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: 4
GM Styling built four of these gorgeous fiberglass show cars for various shows and exhibits. LeMans #4 was brought back to GM styling and given a styling redux under the watchful eye of Harley Earl head of GM Styling. Front-end styling as changed dramatically by the edition of quad headlamps GM first. Quad headlamps made their production debut on the 1957 Eldorado Brougham. Rear-end styling was also changed and a more modern Tailfin was added. The complete drivetrain was updated to 1960 Eldorado specifications.
The Restyled Lemans ended up in the hands of James (Bud) Goodman who was head of GM Fisher Body division.
The LeMans was on display for many years in a Cadillac dealership in Hollywood, California. Ownership later passed to Mr. Goodman's son, Jack.
The LeMans is currently owned by Cadillac Motor Car Division - General Motors Corporation, and is currently displayed at the Cadillac Historic Collection.
GM styling built four of these fiberglass show cars for various shows and exhibits. The LeMans features a 250 horsepower V8 engine coupled to a 4-speed gearbox, making it faster and smoother than any contemporary Cadillacs. The fiberglass body also sported the company's very first wrap-around windshield.
Three of the four cars constructed have survived to this day. The fourth was destroyed by fire.
Created in 1953, the Cadillac Le Mans received its name for the grueling and prestigious 24 Hours of LeMans race in France. The concept never went into production, but the design was an exercise in the use of fiberglass and two-seater design.
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