His­toric Cadil­lac plant to close

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Cadil­lac’s Detroit-Ham­tramck fac­tory is among four plants to close in 2019.

Opened in 1985, Gen­eral Mo­tors over­came lo­cal protes­ta­tions and con­tro­versy to build Detroit-Ham­tramck, which re­placed Cadil­lac’s pre-war Detroit as­sem­bly plant.

Three gen­er­a­tions of fa­mous Cadil­lac name­plates ended their run at DetroitHam­tramck; the Seville, Eldorado and DeVille were pro­duced there from third, ninth and sev­enth gen­er­a­tions on­ward. Detroit-Ham­tramck also formed the end of the much-vaunted ‘air bridge’ be­tween Italy and the USA when Cadil­lac’s Al­lanté was in pro­duc­tion; bodyshells would be welded and sprayed at Pin­in­fa­rina’s San Gior­gio Can­vese fa­cil­ity near Turin, then air-freighted on spe­cially fit­ted Al­i­talia 747s for their run­ning gear to be fit­ted.

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