1/24 Danbury & Franklin Mint Black Cadillacs 1932, 41, 55, 57 & 59

Photographed by Peter Brown

Danbury Mint 1932 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 Sedan (Above Left)
Based on DM's '32 Cadillac V-16 Phaeton, this can hardly be called a re-issue. The model was totally transformed, and the detailing soars to new heights. The exterior details, like the grille, are beautiful, but it's on the inside that this sedan really shines. From the movable footrests to the sliding straps, and the handles done in chrome and simulated wood to match the window frames, you'll wish you were 2 inches tall so you could hop in. This model is also available as a limited edition in two-tone black and blue.

Danbury Mint 1941 Cadillac Fleetwood (Above Left)
As a Cadillac fan, I've seen the 1:1 car at several shows, and I have to credit DM for the way they've perfectly captured this car's essence. Some nice surprises on this one, like the taillight that lifts up to reveal the gas cap, and the finely detailed interior, not to mention the jewel-like hood ornament and Cadillac crest. I don't expect anyone to ever improve on this image, unless DM decides to do a repaint one day (I vote for maroon). Update: DM did a repaint in two-tone green as a Classic Cars Preview Society exclusive LE. See it here.

Franklin Mint 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 Special (Above Left)
I admit it, I love Cadillacs. TFM has given us several of varying desirability, but this one is up near the top of the heap. A rally limited edition of 3,000 this should have been sold out, but for some reason FM was taking a long time to sell off the last few examples. Maybe it was the brown interior; red or black would have been more pleasing to the eye. Nevertheless I recommend buying one if you can in the secondary market, because you won't be sorry. Red lenses instead of painted tailights, a finer scaled Cadillac crest, and photo-etched "V" emblems instead of decals--even clear ducts for the air conditioning--all make this one a keeper.