When you have a special event like a wedding, prom, or bachelorette party, you know you want you and your friends to arrive in style. So what's a person to do? What kind of car should you try to rent or buy? Unfortunately, when you think of luxury cars, you usually think of the high-end vehicles, like a Rolls Royce, Bentley or Tesla, and while some of these cars are beautiful to look at, their price tag is out of reach for most of us. However, there are two cars that could easily not break your bank: the Lincoln or Cadillac.
Lincolns and Cadillacs have had a rich history in our nation's story, with some historical facts being more tragic than others. On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a Lincoln in a Dallas, Texas parade. On the brighter side of politics, many of our presidents are usually driven in Cadillac limos, which are usually gifted to them as an inaugural gift. In the world of entertainment, the Batmobile from the 1966 television show, "Batman" was actually a concept car built in 1955: the Lincoln Futura. And who could forget Elvis Presley's classic hit "Pink Cadillac"?
While many people consider themselves experts in identifying these two vehicles, we can now prove it. By taking this quiz, you can prove to your friends and family if you have the keen eye for detail that you boast to having.
When you think of big luxury SUVs, certainly the Escalade pops into your mind. With its massive 20 inch rims, large tires, and plenty of chrome, the Escalade is perfect for those who want to make an entrance. This probably explains why rappers love it!
The Cadillac CTS is a luxury car is now in its third generation having been released in 2002. It is built on the GM Sigma platform. Powerplant options over the years have ranged from a 2.6-liter V6 right up to a 6.0-liter V8.
There was only one generation of the Cadillac Cimarron was released by Cadillac over a 7-year period from 1981 to 1988. The Cimarron was featured as a 4-door sedan in the compact car segment. Unfortunately, it didn't perform well and is listed on by Forbes on their list of "Legendary Car Flops."
Released in 2014, the Lincoln MKC is a compact crossover built on the Ford C platform, which it shares with the Ford Kuga and Escape. Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was used by Lincoln to promote the MKC on its release.
The Lincoln Premier was a 2 or 4-door luxury car and was built from 1956 until 1960. It was available as both a convertible and a hardtop with power supplied by a 6.0-liter Lincoln Y-block V8. This large vehicle could seat six people comfortably.
At 5.8 meters, the Lincoln Continental Mark V was certainly a long car, especially for a 2-door coupe. Built between 1977 and 1979, the Mark V had two powerplant options, a 6.6-liter V8 or a 7.5-liter V8. About 228,262 were sold in three years, making the Mark V the most sold model of the Mark series.
Designed by Kyu Kim and built on the Ford FN platform which it shared with the Mercury Cougar and Ford Thunderbird, the Continental Mark VIII Lincoln was marketed between 1992 and 1998. It was only ever available as a 2-door coupe.
Featuring two generations, the Cadillac SRX is a crossover SUV marketed between 2004 and 2015. It quickly became the best selling Cadillac model in America with sales of over 220,000 between 2012 and 2016.
The Cadillac STS-V is a high-performance executive car which didn't sell massive numbers from 2005 to 2009. In fact, only 2,503 were produced. It remains an impressive car, however, with a 4.4-liter Northstar LC3 V8 engine producing an impressive 469 brake horsepower. The STS-V was capable of 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds.
Manufactured between 1936 and 1938, the Cadillac Series 60, a full-sized vehicle was available as a 2-door coupe and convertible as well as a 4-door sedan and convertible. The Series 60 was marketed in the mid-priced category.
From 1987 until 1992, the Cadillac Brougham saw sales of over 220,000 units. This popular Cadillac was a full-size luxury 4-door sedan with three powerplant options, all above 5.0-liters and all V8s.
Available in a 2-door as a coupe or convertible and as a 4-door sedan, the Cosmopolitan was produced by Lincoln between 1949 and 1951. Power came from a 337 cubic inch 5.5-liter V8 coupled to either a 3-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox.
The first car ever produced by Lincoln was the L-series. The model made its debut in 1917 and was built right up until 1930. Throughout its production run, the L-series was powered by a V8 motor coupled to a 3-speed manual transmission.
A Cadillac for Europe, the BLS is in fact manufactured by SAAB and is a reworked version of their 9-3. It was produced between 2005 and 2009 in Sweden and 2009 to 2010 in Russia. Production ceased as a result of poor sales.
Produced between 1936 and 1940, the Zephyr was a mid-sized luxury car produced by Lincoln. It was the only car in its class to feature a V12 engine with its rivals running V8s and straight 8s. The Zephyr was available in a variety of body types including 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible, and 4-door sedan to name a few.
An upgraded version of the Ford F-150, the Blackwood was Lincoln's answer to the pickup market. It only sold in America in 2002 due to a poor reception from the public.
With a production run of almost 30 years, the Cadillac Seville featured in the mid-sized market in the United States. During this period, five generations were made. The Seville was a popular model throughout its production run but was eventually replaced by the STS.
Based on the Ford D3 platform, the Lincoln MKS competed in the full-size luxury segment from 2009 to 2016. At 17.13 ft this vehicle was the longest production sedan in North America. Over 100,000 units of the MKS were sold in the States up until 2016.
Built between 1931 and 1940, the Lincoln K-Series was partly designed by Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford. Over the years, it had a variety of powerplants including a massive 414 cubic inch 6.8-liter Lincoln-Zephyr V12 engine.
The Cadillac Eldorado, introduced in 1959, had everything you could wish for in a ‘50s classic, including ridiculously long and pointy tailfins and chrome, lots of chrome. Sadly, finding one today is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Certainly an iconic name in American motoring, the Cadillac DeVille was produced between 1958 and 2005.
A great value for money, excellent for road trips, and not a bad all-rounder, the Lincoln MKZ offers fuel efficiency thanks to its hybrid engine as well as a responsive ride with excellent handling. Not only that but also expect a comfortable ride and excellent gas mileage of around 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highways.
Another long-running Cadillac Model, the Series 70 featured for eleven generations between 1936 and 1987. All Series 70 Cadillacs were powered by V8 motors.
For Cadidillac lovers, the CT6 hits the mark: it has three engine options to choose from, reasonably decent gas mileage figures, a spacious interior, as well as parking assist. It is let down by the fact that its trunk is fairly small.
The Cadillac ATS comes standard with plenty of features, offers a range of power options and gives an excellent ride thanks to its impressive handling. Economy wise, it's not the greatest, and rear seat space and storage areas are small. It is a good-allrounder, however, especially if you love Cadillac.
One of the earliest Cadillac models, the Model Thirty was produced between 1909 and 1911. It was the first model in the United States to offer a closed body.
An American classic, the Continental Marque has adorned many Lincolns over the years. The 2018 model has some advantages over its rivals, especially in the fact that it costs less, but sadly, it is let down in terms of a dated interior, less than impressive space and poor gas mileage figures.
A seven-passenger touring car, the Cadillac Type 57 even saw service during World War I when a US doctor purchased one and offered to drive it in to France as a medical vehicle. It was powered by a 314 cubic inch V-8 motor. Celebrity TV host Jay Leno has an unrestored 57 as part of his extensive collection of vehicles.
Named after a town in France, the Calais was produced by Cadillac from 1965 to 1976 and had two generations. Although a full-sized luxury car, it was aimed at the entry-level market.
The Batmobile in the 1960s Batman TV series was, in fact, a Lincoln Futura, a concept car from 1955 with only one was ever built. The Batmobile itself was not this Futura but a replica with a fiberglass body. In 2013, it sold for an astonishing $4.62 million at auction.
A crossover SUV, the Lincoln MKT was introduced in 2010. Average sales for the MKT have reached close to 5,000 units over the past three years. The MKT shares many of the same parts at the Ford Flex.
Essentially a rebadged Ford Edge, the Lincoln MKX entered the market in 2006. This crossover SUV seats 5-people with the top of the range model powered by a 3.7 L Cyclone V6 engine which produces 303 brake horsepower.
Marketed between 1927 and 1929, the Cadillac Series 341 had a range of body styles and cost between $3350 to $5500 depending on the style chosen. Over 18,000 were built of this popular model.
Produced for a 20 year period from 1981 to 2001, the Town Car was a Lincoln model in the luxury full-size car segment. Three generations of this vehicle were produced over the two decades the Town Car was marketed.
This racecar was built by Cadillac to race in the American Le Mans series. The cars were built between 2000 and 2002 before General Motors scrapped the idea to focus on their Corvette racing program.
Over 21,000 of the Cadillac Allante, a two-door convertible roadster, were sold between 1987 and 1993. It was built to compete with two-door convertibles of other brands notably Mercedes and Jaguar. The Allante had three powerplant options ranging from 4.1 to 4.5-liters, all of them V8s.
The Versailles was marketed by Lincoln in the luxury compact car segment from 1977 to 1980. At the time, the Versailles, named after the famous French palace, was the smallest Lincoln model produced and remained so up until the introduction of the LS in 2000.
The Lincoln Aviator debuted on American roads in 2002 and was made for a three-year period up until 2005. This luxury mid-sized SUV was powered by a 4.6 L DOHC Modular V8 engine and models included a 2-wheel drive as well as an all-wheel-drive version. Over 70,000 were sold by 2005.
The XLR luxury roadster was marketed by Cadillac between 2003 and 2009. It had two engine options including the 4.4-liter Northstar Supercharged V8. Over 15,000 XLRs were sold until 2009.
Known as the Cadillac Sixteen, this full-sized luxury car was produced from 1930 to 1940. It was featured as a 2 and 4-door versions and in a range of body styles including coupe, convertible, town car, sedan, and even a limousine.
Built on the Ford DEW98 platform, the LS, a luxury executive sedan was produced by Lincoln between 1999 and 2006. The LS came with either a 3.0-liter V6 or 3.9-liter V8 engine, both built by Jaguar.
Introduced in 1997, the Navigator was the first SUV offered by Ford's luxury brand, Lincoln. The Navigator is the heaviest vehicle ever produced by the company and is currently in its fourth generation which is powered by an EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Sixty Special Marque is used on special Cadillac vehicles from 1938 onwards. Generally, this is a four-door sedan of high quality and ultimate luxury. All-in-all, eleven generations have been produced over the years with the last in 1993.
Built between 1952 and 1959, the Lincoln Capri was a full-sized luxury sedan. Three generations featured in those seven years with the Capri available as a coupe, convertible, sedan, and hardtop and as either a 2-door or 4-door. The Capri was often used in racing and won its section of the Pan American Road Race in both 1952 and 1953.
Built between 1941 and 1942 and again in 1955, the Lincoln Custom was a 4-door sedan limousine powered by a 292 cubic inch (4.8 L) Lincoln-Zephyr V12 engine. One of these vehicles, named the Sunrise Special, was provided to the White House for presidential use.
With a production run from 1941 to 1962, the Series 62 was a popular front-engine, rear-wheeled drive sedan from Cadillac. Seven generations of this model were produced with multiple vehicle types including convertibles, sedans, and coupes.
A four-door fastback sedan, the MKR was a concept car showed by Lincoln at the 2007 North American Motor Show. It was based on the Ford DC2 Platform, the same used for the Mustang. The MKR was powered by a 3.5-liter TwinForce/EcoBoost V6 engine.