Concept Design for Cadillac
1944. Pencil and watercolor on drafting paper. Lower right corner of page has been skillfully replaced. Does not affect images. Image size (including text): 15 1/4 x 21 inches. Framed. 22 3/4 x 28 7/8 inches.
Handsome proposed design for a post-war Cadillac.
The license plate reads "GM 1944" raising interesting questions, since, as everyone knows, virtually no new cars were produced during the high armament production years of World War II, and certainly not pretty new dark pink ones. The car portrayed here does however anticipate very much the look of early fifties' vehicles, if not necessarily Cadillacs. And bright colors certainly would catch on in a way they had not before the war. Note the 1930's Cadillac emblem on the front grille, which was changed when auto production actually re-commenced.