Not long ago, we featured the Cadillac Cien V12 supercar that the luxury brand had built to celebrate it’s centennial in 2002. Now comes word that the Ciel concept, a flagship four-door (with power operated suicide doors, yet, video here) convertible that was the hit of the Pebble Beach festivities in 2011 and again got rave reviews on the auto show circuit last year, will not go into production. Of course, whenever the topic of concept cars that Cadillac should have made into production vehicles comes up, the over the top Cadillac Sixteen is mentioned. Even without a V16, something problematic in an eco-conscious era, it was such a bold statement of the brand, a true heir to “the standard of the world” image, it should have been built. They could roll it out tomorrow with some kind of high-end version of the Volt/ELR drivetrain and they’d have instant credibility with the must-have set.
Former head of GM Design Wayne Cherry was honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Eyes On Design show and a number of concept vehicles created by GM Design under his direction were on display at the Eyes On Design show a few weeks ago, including the Sixteen. The photo gallery linked to at the top of the post was shot at the 2013 EoD show. The bottom two photos link to a gallery shot at the General Motors Heritage Center.