End-of-the-World Hint: Detroit Paper Can't Tell Cadillac From Lincoln

July 31, 2009

Detroit's been going through tough times for, oh, the last 40 years or so. That's both Detroit as in the carmakers formerly known as The Big Three, now more commonly called The Detroit Two and a Half, and Detroit the city. About which one can only say, oh dear.

But the rot is spreading. We read Detroit's newspapers regularly, and were intrigued by a Detroit News piece yesterday on a new show of cars owned by rock stars at The Henry Ford.

(We think it used to be the Henry Ford Museum, but it got renamed, just like the Ford Taurus replacement became the Ford Five Hundred before it switched back to being the Ford Taurus again. You see? Good.)

The piece says, "Peer inside the side windows at the chandeliers in the back of Snoop Dogg's "Brown Sugar" Lincoln for a touch of gangsta."

Sounds interesting, no? We went searching for a photo, wondering if it was something like the fabulous 1979 Lincoln Town Car with uber-luxe crushed velour upholstery owned by our friend Joe in Missoula.

Nope. It's earlier, from 1967, in fact. It's also, ummmmmmmmm, not a Lincoln. It's a Cadillac.

You know end days are nigh when a Detroit newspaper can't tell the difference between a Cadillac and a Lincoln.

I mean, we're a blog, we 'fess up to our errors, correct them (and even leave the old words with strikethroughs so you know we screwed up). But they're a, you know, newspaper and all.

Sigh.

1979 Lincoln Town Car, Missoula, Montana

1979 Lincoln Town Car, Missoula, Montana

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[Detroit News; photo, The News Herald]

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