On a Manhattan Rooftop, Talking Tail Fins With the Designer of the Cadillac Ciel

After its debut at Pebble Beach last month, the Cadillac Ciel concept has been on a whistle-stop tour en route to the Frankfurt auto show, turning up in Michigan on Monday and New York on Thursday. The car was displayed on the rooftop of a gallery building here in Chelsea, against a backdrop of wooden water towers and blue September skies.

There is no shortage of emblematic American land yachts that the Ciel, which is a foot longer than a Cadillac CTS sedan, evokes. Take the Lincoln Continental of the early to mid-1960s, for example. Not only the car’s long, slab sides and sharp fender creases lend that impression, but the words of the executives who rolled the car out in California on Aug. 18.
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