One of the most influential Cadillac concepts cars of the 21st century—and perhaps of all time—will make a rare public appearance next month when the Cadillac Sixteen visits the Amelia Island 2013 Concours d’Elegance. The event is one of the highlights of the international concours circuit and each year draws some of the finest vintage vehicles in the world to Amelia Island, Fla.
Now, the Sixteen isn’t exactly a “vintage” vehicle, as it was first introduced in 2003, but the 16-cylinder, 1,000-hp ultra-premium sedan does make a perfect halo car for one of the special classes that will be highlighted at Amelia Island this year: The 18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Cadillac Concept Class, which will showcase a selection of the brand’s vehicles from the Motorama era (1949-1961). Along with the incredible Sixteen, also included will be cars such as the 1949 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, 1953 Le Mans Concept, 1953 Supercharged Eldorado, 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, 1958 Eldorado Biarritz, and 1959 Cyclone.
“’Standard of the World’ is not simply a Cadillac slogan or the product of some copywriter’s imagination,” explained Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in a recent newsletter. “It is an honor and title bestowed upon Cadillac in 1909 by the Royal Automobile Club when a trio of Cadillacs won the RAC’s Dewar Trophy … the Nobel Prize of the automotive world.
“Cadillac’s dedication to precision and technological leadership has been part of their corporate DNA since the company was founded in 1902. That spirit is personified in Cadillac’s concept cars. They’re not just interesting styling exercises, they’re important for the entire automotive industry.”