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The GM B-Body: A Love Song In B Major
www.curbsideclassic.com, 12 July 2011 [cached]
The Cars Of GM Designer Wayne Kady: Slantbacks And Bustlebacks From Beginning To End
Reading interviews with Wayne ...
www.curbsideclassic.com, 28 Nov 2013 [cached]
Reading interviews with Wayne Kady, who was also a GM Corporate Stylist during the 1980s and in charge of the Cadillac studio at the time that the 86s debuted is another interesting read.
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You probably won't be too wild about my piece on Wayne Kady either: http://www.curbsideclassic.com/automotive-histories/the-cars-of-gm-designer-wayne-kady-slantbacks-and-bustlebacks-from-beginning-to-end/
avatar CraigInNC Posted February 14, 2013 at 6:07 PM
I did read the article on Kady.
The Cars Of GM Designer Wayne ...
www.curbsideclassic.com, 27 Mar 2012 [cached]
The Cars Of GM Designer Wayne Kady: Slantbacks And Bustlebacks From Beginning To End
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In the case of former GM Designer Wayne Kady, his fascination with sloping tails started with....what else? Just about the most beautiful sloping tail ever.
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So Wayne built his own, during high school, in the years 1953 - 1955, with the Jaguar's tail very much accounted for. Here he is in his custom roadster on the family farm in Central California. This was the golden age of DIY custom cars, and although Wayne's never got quite finished, it certainly shows his love of a long sloping tail. There's a detailed account of his roadster here at forgottenfiberglass.
Wayne wanted to be a car designer from an early age, and he never finished the roadster because was accepted to Pasadena's Art Center on his second try in 1955, shortly after the end of high school.
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Kady started (in 1961) and ended his GM career with Cadillac, but had two stints at Buick in between. His first acknowledged contributions to a production car were the 1965 - 1966 Cadillacs, which are somewhat polarizing for having abandoned the knife-edge styling of their predecessors. And their successors, the 1967s, revived the sharp creases with a vengeance. he '65 - '66s stand out, almost anomalies, although they have a certain subdued and understated charm.
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This one dated 1/27/66 is identified by Kady as "Proposal for the 1967 Eldorado program".
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Both of these are predictive of the 1971 Eldorado, the first car Kady is credited with being the lead designer.
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There were two finalists for the 1976 Seville design, on of them being this semi-fastback by Kady. This picture is of an earlier concept called LaSalle, dated June 26, 1973, which is a bit after Kady went to Buick. But according to an account of how the Seville came to be, this was originally designed or conceived by Kady before he left, and its themes were then applied later to a Nova-based clay that became on of the two finalists.
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In 1974 Kady had returned to Cadillac, and worked on the final production design.
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Kady's tenure at Buick was brief (1972 - 1974) just long enough to do(in) the Riviera. In 1974, Kady was made Chief of Cadillac Exterior Design, a position he held through 1988. In that position, he would presumably have had some influence on the downsized 1977 Cadillacs, although the usual Kady hallmarks are not in evidence.
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Although Mr. Kady should get an award for being its single greatest inspiration, the 1970s Superfly era was truly over by 1980; at least with mainstream luxury car buyers.
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Undoubtedly, the very flawed 1985 Cadillac (CC here) downsizing was dictated in principle from above, but nevertheless, its execution happened under Mr. Kady's time as Cadillac Design head.
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But Kady had nothing to do with this car, having moved back to Buick 1988. Were these promotions, or shuffling the Design Heads of the Titanic?
Wayne Kady is credited with three Buick designs before he retired in 1999.
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Kady also takes credit for the 1992 Skylark, another polarizing design if there ever was one.
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But then, IMO neither were Mr. Kady's designs.
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So, on the whole, Kady was a hack who was great at drawing cars that didn't have a chance in hell of being made. I would have created crappy drawings at half the price. The end result would have been the same.
He must have had compromising photos of top management.
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I did not know Kady was in charge of the 97 Buick W bodies or the Roadmeister. I always figured they were just generic GM re-hash. Just enough to differentiate but not enough to cost any actual money. I have to admit that I liked both, not enough to buy one though.
I can't really fault Kady for "de-tailng" of the Riv.
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I thought I read in a book that Kady was credited with the last-gen Riviera (1995-99) which would make sense, since it's a modified boat tail.
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Was confusing Bill Porter with Wayne Kady.
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Maybe Porter was influenced by Kady because I see an influence.
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Some of the commenter's remarks stands out in my mind, about Kady being some sort of hanger-on or having pix of upper management in compromising positions. FWIW, I seriously doubt that Mr. Kady was a lucky bum, there must have been something there for the guy to directly into the Cadillac studios right after starting at GM.
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With the exception of the 2nd gen Seville, there's little of Mr. Kady's work I find objectionable. I don't know to what degree his other designs got diluted by production or cost concerns. I agree that many of his designs have a common theme with the descending line and some sort of bustle at the rear.
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I've got to admit I only like one design of Kady's, and that is unfortunately a fibreglass clone of the XK120. I *knew* the damned rear sloping line seemed familiar, thanks for pointing me to the source. Why, oh why couldn't Kady have left the bustle out of the bustleback and just blatantly copied the smooth, downward flowing XK120 rear?
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If you don't like the bustleback Seville, blame Mitchell much more than Kady, because while Wayne drew it, the design was inspired by, drawn for, and expected to please Mitchell- and for good or bad, that is how GM Styling ran at that point in time. Mitchell saw this car as his swan song, and perhaps it is.
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I am a devoted fan of Wayne Kady. I think he was a styling genius. I think his renderings are incredible, and as a Cadillac fan, you can't discount his accomplishments. He had a hand in every Cadillac from 1965 to 1990.
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Wayne also hit some foul balls, as evidenced by the Cimarron, the 85 DeVille and the 86 Eldo and Seville. These cars were also designed during the worst years of GM and Cadillac leadership. His hands were tied on the awkward proportions and shrunken size, though he did manage to sneak in an inch of width on the 86 E body.
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It's hard to hate on Wayne Kady without hating on Cadillac of the 60s and 70s.
Four-Links - Wayne Kady, ...
blog.hemmings.com, 18 Nov 2010 [cached]
Four-Links - Wayne Kady, Borg-Warner Trophy, mystery electric, Leyland gas turbine
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* Dean's Garage recently posted a few renderings from GM stylist Wayne Kady, including the above rendering of a V-16 powered Cadillac, part of a program that explored Cadillac's potential return to the world of V-12s and V-16s.
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Tagged with Borg-Warner Trophy, Cadillac V-16, Electric cars, gas turbine, Indianapolis 500, Leyland, Wayne Kady
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Wayne Kady style renderings.
Krasl Art Center - St. Joseph, MI. Where imagination and art fills your senses!
www.krasl.org, 8 Aug 2009 [cached]
5:30 talk by featured designer, Wayne Kady, chief designer for Cadillac for many years. Open to KAC members and car owners only.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.Reception open to the public. $40. Rub shoulders with Wayne Kady and Pass in Review narrator, F. Edward Lucus II.
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