1982 Cadillac CimarronEnlarge Photo
The great thing about covering cars is its randomness. There you are, cranking out road tests, when a Tweet leads you to a site that leads you into YouTube ... and before you know it, there's another story that just fell in your lap.
We were doing a little piece on the "Electric Car" video from They Might Be Giants, the expermimental alt-rock band, when we stumbled across a video on TMBG's website, directly below that "Electric Car" clip.
Why does TMBG have a video about the smallest Cadillac ever built on their site? We asked the band's manager, who turns into esteemed automotive Jamie Kitman once he takes off his manager costume. "No idea," he responded. "Just amusing, I guess."
So you thought that you knew about the small end of the luxury Cadillac brand, did you? Hah!
Sure, there's today's 2010 Cadillac CTS (and its wicked older brother, the hot rod CTS-V). Or the Europe-only Cadillac BLS sedan and wagon, in gasoline and diesel variations, in reality no more than a Saab 9-3 under the skin.
Perhaps the late, unlamented midsize Cadillac Catera, "the Caddy that zigs"? Or the worst one of all, the dreadful Cadillac Cimarron, nothing more than a 1984 Chevy Cavalier with way, way too much makeup and chrome jewelry ladeled on?
Nope, not even close. THIS is the smallest Cadillac ever built, courtesy of They Might Be Giants and the British Film Institute National Archive. Just watch.