1970 NART Zagato
I know I’m cheating with this one, but I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to present you with this majestic Caddy. This one-off mid-engined 4-seat prototype was, and still is one of a kind vehicle. Not just for Cadillac, but for the entire auto industry. Concept was conceived by Luigi Chinetti – three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, founder of North American Racing Team and then exclusive Ferrari distributor in the U.S.
Chinetti wanted to offer a unique luxury sports car to wealthy customers. He turned to GM for help. Cadillac gave him 1968 Eldorado Mark VII platform, and Chinetti quickly delivered the sketches. Clay model was made in GM’s studio during 1969. Then Italian coachbuilder Zagato enters the fray. Zagato made aluminum body and filled it with Cadillac’s luxury equipment including climate control, AM/FM stereo, and power windows. Project was completed in 1970 and displayed at Turin Motor Show by Zagato, and at New York Auto Show by Chinetti himself.
Final product boasted disc brakes on all four corners, tail lights taken straight off 1966 Pontiac GTO, pop-up headlights, and unique Euro flair lines across the body. Cadillac’s 500 cu in V8, now at the back, was rated at 400 horsepower. Sadly, by the time Cadillac NART Zagato got completed, GM had already lost interest in marketing the car.
A sad turn of events for a luxury coupe that could have become one of the most unique Cadillacs ever built. With combined NART, Chinetti, Zagato and Cadillac heritage, this forgotten one-off is definitely one of the most exciting classic Cadillacs in existence.