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Cadillac & LaSalle Club Forums => General Discussion => Topic started by: TJ Hopland on February 03, 2009, 10:22:26 AM

Title: Why no 'Eldo' comercial chassis in the 70's
Post by: TJ Hopland on February 03, 2009, 10:22:26 AM
It seems like that would have been a natural for limos and ambulances.  They would have had much more room and flexibility without the 'hump' to deal with.  Obviously GMC saw that benefit because they used the Olds version with the RV's. 
Title: Re: Why no 'Eldo' comercial chassis in the 70's
Post by: Davidinhartford on February 04, 2009, 10:27:30 AM
True, the rear load floor would have been lower too.   But for generations the funeral and ambulances were based on regular production cars.   The shared mechanical and body parts were a selling point, not to mention having a matching limo and hearse.   This of course is misleading as just about everything from the windshield back on the commercial chassis cars is different from a series 75 limousine.

I'm sure some at Cadillac probably considered front drive.  But the volume of these commercial chassis car sold each year was low.  I guess they didn't want to reinvent the wheel so to speak.    The GMC mobile homes were totally unique from the ground up.  So they had a fresh start.   And for what its worth, I think they still look pretty darn stylish even today.  Well, maybe not the shag carpeting and plaid seats.  LOL  Thats just cool in a retro way.