Aretha Franklin’s Cadillac LaSalle Hearse Also Once Transported Her Father and Rosa Parks

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Aretha Franklin’s Cadillac LaSalle hearse has also been used in ceremonies for her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; for David Ruffin, and Rosa Parks.

Not all Cadillac vehicles are meant for everyday use. One the rare occasion, a special one might be tucked away for very particular intentions. One such vehicle lives in Detroit, where it has been stored safely for decades when not in use. This special Cadillac is a white, vintage LaSalle hearse. Cadillac built this hearse in 1940, with two doors, three speeds, and a shifter in the steering column.

The vintage Cadillac LaSalle hearse is a gorgeous vehicle that has been dusted off for use in honoring some remarkable lives. Most recently, the LaSalle hearse was used to transport Aretha Franklin during her public viewing and memorial in Detroit. Aretha Franklin’s Cadillac LaSalle hearse has also been used in ceremonies for her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; for David Ruffin, a member of Motown vocal group the Temptations; and Rosa Parks.

The Cadillac LaSalle hearse is owned by the Swanson Funeral Home, who purchased the vehicle back in 1958. The same driver typically drives the vehicle throughout the past 30 years, though on this particular event, it was O’Neil D. Swanson, the president of the funeral home, who took the wheel.

The Cadillac LaSalle is a beautiful and classic Detroit icon just as the Queen of Soul was a Detroit icon herself, so many viewers — including us at ELCO Cadillac — were touched to see this perfect fit come together for her public viewing.

Take a Fall Road Trip in Missouri and Enjoy the Season

Fall Road Trip in Missouri
If you want a great vehicle to take on a fall road trip in Missouri, check out our selection of new and used vehicles at ELCO Cadillac.

Autumn is right around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time for a fall road trip. Missouri has many great routes for those who want to appreciate the natural beauty this state has to offer. You can take a tour of wine country, watch the leaves change, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air as you drive.

The Lake of the Ozarks Loop is one of the best scenic drives in the fall, according to Missouri Howell. Covering 130 miles, you will go past the hills of the Osage River Valley and the scenic Lake of the Ozarks. There are several state parks and conservation areas along the way, including smaller roads off the beaten path for those who want to go on an adventure.

Next, take a tour of wine country. While Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the best-known spots in the US for wine, Missouri has a lot to offer in terms of vino buono—“the good wine.” You can take a 125-mile tour of places just outside St. Louis and as far as Hermann. There are several wineries in the area, but be sure to take a designated driver along if you plan on drinking. If you prefer beer, check out the Hermann Oktoberfest.

The St. Francois Loop is perfect for those who want a romantic getaway. Covering 70 miles of mountainous scenery and striking colors, the beautiful regions includes Johnson’s Shut-Ins and the Mark Twain National Forest.

If you want a great vehicle to take on a fall road trip in Missouri, check out our selection of new and used vehicles at ELCO Cadillac.

Three Classic Country Songs Inspired by Cadillac

Three Classic Country Songs Inspired by Cadillac

Few brands have captured the American imagination quite like Cadillac. From film to literature, Cadillac vehicles have appeared in high places — and sometimes low ones — across the country’s cultural history. It might be in the rich world of country music that the Cadillac shines brightest.

We’re all big fans of both good ol’ Americana country and a classic Cadillac here at ELCO Cadillac, so here’s our three favorite country songs inspired by Cadillac vehicles:

“The Ride” by David Allen Coe

Mr. Coe is “thumbing from Montgomery” when a stranger picks him up in an “antique Cadillac,” and the rest is country music history. From its deep, Southern riffs to its old-fashioned country-gothic lyrics, American music doesn’t get much better than “The Ride.”

“One Piece at a Time” by Johnny Cash

What list of Americana music would be complete without an entry from the one-and-only Johnny Cash? In this beloved hit, he pines for a “long and black” Cadillac of his own so deeply that he sneaks the car out of the factory in which he works, you guessed it, “one piece at a time.”

“Cadillac Red” by The Judds

Ladies, if you’re “full of high octane,” this one is for you. The Judds’ song is an homage to a mysterious and powerful red-haired woman, lovingly called “Cadillac Red,” and her adventures with her female comrades behind the wheel of a Cadillac of her very own.

If you also love these songs and find that their longing for a Cadillac calls out to you, visit us at ELCO Cadillac and take a look at our showroom

New 2019 Cadillac Escalade Offers Improved Convenience and Styling Features

2019 Cadillac Escalade

 

The top-of-the-line when it comes to luxury and refinement, the new 2019 Cadillac Escalade offers even more style, convenience, and sophistication than ever before. With updates to the Escalades exterior, along with an array of new styling options, the 2019 Escalade will be an easy choice for SUV drivers in search of the best. Read on to learn more about what’s new on the 2019 Cadillac Escalade.

 New Sport Package.

For the first time, Escalade drivers will have the option of a stunning Sport Package. Available on Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trims, this styling package includes unique finish wheels, a Black Ice Chrom-colored front grille with black gloss daylight opening surround, rear appliqué, a lower front fascia, and striking bodyside molding.

 Hands-Free Tailgate.

The 2019 Escalade will also come standard with a convenient Hands-Free Tailgate. This feature allows you to easily open and close the tailgate by simple waving your foot under the rear bumper, making it even easier to stow items in the spacious Escalade interior. 

New Color Options. 

The 2019 Escalade will be available with some new color options, as well. 2019 Escalade drivers will be able to choose from Manhattan Noir Metallic and Shadow Metallic, in addition to many other color options previous available on the Escalade.

The Cadillac Escalade was already good to begin with, but now it’s even better! Check it out in person at ELCO Cadillac.

Father’s Day Activities in St. Louis That Dad is Sure to Love

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If you’re in the St. Louis area and are in search of the perfect thing to do with dad this Father’s Day, look no further. We’ve rounded up the best Father’s Day activities in St. Louis so you can count on a great afternoon that shows your dad just how much you car. Don’t forget Father’s Day is June 17th!

Kimmswick Car Show

Take a trip to nearby Kimmswick this Father’s Day and treat dad to an afternoon at Kimmswick’s annual Father’s Day Car Show. It will feature a huge selection of cars and motorcycles as well as great food and music. The event will take place from noon until 3pm, so make your plans no and show up early!

Father’s Day Beer Garden

Bring dad to the terrace at Perf Marquette Lodge to enjoy a Father’s Day Beer Garden. Aside from tons of great local and national beers to try, the Beer Garden will feature live music and BBQ. What’s not to love?

Sinatra at the Symphony

This Father’s Day, the St. Louis Symphony will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra with “Sinatra: 100 Years and Beyond.” If your dad is a music fan, get your tickets to this unique performance before it’s too late!

You can never run out of things to do with your dad in St. Louis. But to make Father’s Day truly special, take him to ELCO Cadillac! Whether it’s for a new luxury car or just an oil change, he’s bound to love it.

 

2019 Cadillac XT4 debuts at New York Auto Show

Cadillac XT4 2019

Cadillac is adding a brand-new crossover to its lineup for the upcoming 2019 model year, a compact crossover to compete with the other luxury offerings in this segment, for which demand has grown exponentially in the last couple of years.

The Cadillac XT4 debuted at the New York Auto Show in March, where it made waves thanks to its exclusive new SUV platform, along with a powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder twin-turbo engine that puts out 237 horsepower. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the XT4 will get a projected 30 mpg on the highway.

The XT4 starts an expansion of the Cadillac lineup, which will offer a new Cadillac every six months for the next three years. The XT4 is also the first vehicle to feature Cadillac’s new “Y” trim strategy, with two trims branching off from the base Luxury trim into Sport and Premium Luxury. With distinctive grille designs and other accents, these trims are made for two very different customer bases.

Cadillac aims for a more youthful market with the XT4, which is why the team that created it was made up of young designers. Young, single drivers who want utility but don’t need big passenger cars are a booming demographic that the entire auto industry is catering to.

Stay tuned to ELCO Cadillac for all the latest news about Cadillac models and reveals.

 

Cadillac Super Cruise: The Future of Driving

Cadillac is a leader in the industry, especially when it comes to vehicle technology. Cadillac Super Cruise is an example of the brand’s incredible innovation, as the hands-free driving system will revolutionize the way we drive. Providing safety and comfort to drivers, Cadillac Super Cruise is great for virtually anyone.

The Super Cruise system works using a combination of software to serve as your eyes and ears. There are driver assistance features like Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, as well as OnStar® connectivity. Safety features can’t stand in for a driver; however, they can provide a level of safety like never before.

In order to highlight Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology during the 90th Academy Awards, the brand released an ad focused less on abstract ideas and more on the brand’s own technologies. “I kind of feel the public is tired of seeing these heavy, lofty ads,” explains Cadillac marketing director Renée Rauchut. “It just seems a little bit more honest right now in my opinion to focus on our products.”

The Super Cruise technology is only offered on certain CT6 models at the moment, although Cadillac has plans to expand the technology. This semi-autonomous system will also only work on certain divided highways, so there are a few criteria to meet before the technology will work.

Why wait for the automotive future to arrive when you can drive a Cadillac? Learn more about Super Cruise and the brand’s advanced features at ELCO Cadillac.

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Rethinking Standards: The Cadillac XT4 Debut

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The long-awaited Cadillac XT4 is set to debut during the New York International Auto show at the end of the month, and the premium model promises to wow crowds. The XT4 will first make an appearance at the world-renowned Cadillac House in Manhattan on March 27 in anticipation of the show on March 30. The new model is a smaller crossover SUV that take many of the best aspects of existing models and combines them in one package. At ELCO Cadillac, we can’t wait to see what the Cadillac XT4 debut brings at the end of March.

According to Motor Authority, the XT4 will be the third SUV in the Cadillac lineup, as it will join its place alongside the XT5 and the Escalade. The XT5 is a mid-size model that has a combination of space and efficiency, while the Escalade is a full-size model with tons of seating, premier comfort, and the latest amenities. The XT4 is set to fit in a smaller segment, providing an urban-friendly ride and impressive handling.

“Cadillac in 2017 recorded its second-highest sales mark in the brand’s 115-year history, delivering 356,467 vehicles worldwide and resulting in a 15.5 percent sales increase year over year. That total should grow with so many new models on the way,” notes Viknesh Vijayenthiran at Motor Authority.

For more information about the upcoming Cadillac XT4, feel free to reach out to us at ELCO Cadillac.

What’s New on the 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan Exterior?

What’s New on the 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan Exterior?

The new 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan boasts everything you could want in a luxury car: superior performance, intelligent technologies, and high-end style created from high-quality materials. The exterior of the ATS Sedan certainly falls in line with this last category, providing a design worthy of its performance and intelligence. Its aerodynamic contours, performance dual exhaust tailpipes, and vertical LED taillights make for a grand appearance that captures the attention of others on and off the road. Additional exterior lighting includes available HID headlamps with available Adaptive Forward Lighting. These intelligent lights will swivel as you turn the wheels of your ATS, optimizing visibility so you can feel more confident while turning.

The 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan is available in nine trendy exterior colors, mainly consisting of alluring neutrals. The range of neutral colors include Black Raven, Crystal White Tricoat, Phantom Gray Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Silver Moonlight Metallic, and Stellar Black Metallic. If you want some flashy color, you can choose Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic or Red Obsession Tintcoat. Featured next to these alluring colors are the ATS’s 17-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires. Alternatively, if you choose the Premium Performance trim level, your ATS will feature 18-inch forged-alloy wheels. You can also add a touch of additional flair with available Illuminating Door Handles, providing a glimmer when unlocked that will light up the night.

See the 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan for yourself; visit us at ELCO Cadillac or call to schedule a test drive.

New Cadillac SUVs Answer Consumer Cries

. New Cadillac SUVs are on the way, and, given the automaker’s extensive history of bar-raising vehicles and innovations, they could very well be the best yet.

The Cadillac SUV lineup hasn’t seen many all-new models in recent years, but consumer cries for more have prompted the luxury marque to add a few more options. New Cadillac SUVs are on the way, and, given the automaker’s extensive history of bar-raising vehicles and innovations, they could very well be the best yet.

As one of the longest standing luxury brands in the industry, you can expect high-quality additions from Cadillac. These top-tier vehicles are designed around consumer demands.

The 2018 Cadillac XT4 is a compact SUV that’s has a reveal scheduled early in the year. An early release signifies that Cadillac aims to perform extensive testing and factor in consumer feedback to create the perfect model.

More new Cadillac SUVs are scheduled for release following the Cadillac XT4. While we likely won’t see them until 2019, we already know a little about what’s yet to come. For starters, one of the upcoming SUVs will be a three-row model designed for families. It’s set to go tire-to-tire with rivals like the Audi Q7. In addition to the new model, consumers can also expect an updated Cadillac Escalade to hit the road for 2019.

We can’t wait to see the new Cadillac SUVs up close and in person. If you’d like to take a closer look at the 2018 Cadillac SUV lineup, stop by ELCO Cadillac for a test drive.