The last of the legendary Harley Earl’s designs in which he directly participated, the Cadillac Cyclone was not only a beautiful design with a host of unprecedented firsts, but also a working prototype for something that is only now, more than half a century later, becoming commonplace.
The Cyclone, despite its name, was not a turbine-driven car, though accounts say that it originally was planned as such. The fledgling turbine program at General Motors, however, was not quite ready for show and would have to wait. The Cyclone would serve another purpose: it was Earl’s final shot at building a “dream car”. And the design genius went all out.