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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 04:08 PM
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9. That Cadillac is a

parking nightmare, just waiting to happen. :P

Actually, I've had no trouble maneuvering it around....its turning radius is way better than I expected, too. Driving it in a straight line is no problem, either, as on a freeway, 'cos all that's in front is a fairly big hood that's not too freaky even for those of us used to smaller cars. Making turns in gas stations (those yellow poles that they install to ding car doors) or drive-throughs (yes, I took the limo to Taco Bell for seven-layer burritos!) is okay, too, as long as I remember that she's got a massive bootie that sticks way out back there. Baby's definitely got back. :D

The steering is responsive and tight, and it rides smoothly but does not float as I remember those big '70s cars doing -- I liked that feeling when I was a kid, but I imagine it's disconcerting to a driver who likes to feel connected to the road, as I do. It handles well, stops well (great brakes), and feels more like a small to midsize Mercedes than a '70s American land yacht. Looks like an aircraft carrier, performs like a windsurfer (okay, maybe not quite that extreme).

The Pantera story is pretty cool. Elvis loved cars but, like motorcycles, he didn't care how prestigious or expensive the brand...he just liked moving rapidly (he even took the governors off golf carts' motors and used to race the carts around Graceland at highly insane speeds, and he put caterpillar tracks on snowmobiles that he'd also tear about on around Graceland, year-round). I heard the Pantera story long ago but in that version the car was a Ferrari that he shot out in the desert beyond Vegas. Here's the story with some pictures:

Here's a picture of Elvis in it in 1975, before he put it out of his misery:

Elvis was here:


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