Pig Car Award: Cadillac Escalade

Spotted this 12 mpg chunk of trash in San Francisco last week. Shitty design to boot.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

9 Responses to Pig Car Award: Cadillac Escalade

  1. I am no fan of the Escalade for sure. But how can you mock this vehicle by calling it a 12 mpg "chunk of trash" and yet a couple of posts earlier there is a 1956 Cadillac "Camper" with a V-8 auction link posted. Yeah it's "funky" and "cool", but this reeks of hypocrisy. Although this seems to be the norm with liberalism,and humanity. Just disappointed I guess, I sure did like the Shelter book and Builders of the Pacific Coast. Peace!

  2. To respond to James.The difference is the 56 cadillac was a unique custom camper for less then 2k and about 38000 less then the escalade. Personally I like the 56 caddy better though.

  3. My guess is that when the owner can no longer afford to buy the gas for the Escalade (which is going to happen much sooner than we all think), he'll park it somewhere and build a camper on it.

  4. Both vehicles are unfortunate. But in 1956 gas was 35 dents a gallon and no one had any idea petroleum supplies were limited and polluting. Producing these monster gas guzzlers these days is tasteless and like America saying fuck you to the rest of the world. I'm embarrassed. We should know better.
    Also, design-wise, give me the old Caddy any day. This particular one was making a somewhat practical use out of a 65 year old piece of machinery: witty. The Escalade is like a pseudo pickup truck. Yuck!
    And James, "…hypocrisy…seems to be the norm with liberalism…"? C'mon.

  5. I live in Houston and so many of those piece of shit cars are here.Texans do not give a shit about anything but there big ass cars.LOVE YOU LOYD.I LOVE when someone calls me a liberal.I thank them.It is beautiful word.When someone gives you a complement thank them.

  6. I think there is a huge difference between the old caddy and the new one, the old one is still standing and the new ones fall apart quicker than Chuck Norris can kick (fast) there was once a time when american car companies made a car with longevity in mind and the materials used to make the car were of high quality. I think that is what he is saying. The new Caddys are pieces of CRAP they get even worse mileage than the older one, but the older one was made when oil supplys were not as scarce, so gas was not as a big issue. The fact that they are still making the grossly oversized cars with extremely large engines shows their inability to comprehend the fact that these large engines are not needed and are just wasting precious resources. They also claim that the cars are flex fuel cars, which can in turn run on ethanol, almost any combustible engine can be altered to burn ethanol, My Subaru can run ethanol with just a change of the injectors. Besides Ehtanol will NEVER catch on, it costs less to make than gas but sells for more than gas a dream for the oil cpmpanies but a nightmare for the consumer.
    Besides look at brazil, they are so heavily relying on ethanol fuel, the price of corn is so high most farmers cannot afford to feed their livestock. . . . just my two cents

  7. By chance I turned on the tv yesterday to see an old 1920 Cadillac being driven, after seeing the above image (and admittedly not knowing much about american cars other then the assumption they seem to be big, square and heavy on fuel) I was surprised at the skill and craftsmanship that had obviously gone into building the early models in what was clearly a very experimental age of automobile engineering.

    With a little more looking round I found the New York Public Library have a flickr stream with images of these old classics http://www.flickr.com/photos/nypl/3592659449/ after looking at these I hope the era of the craftsman returns.

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