In the end the outcome was a car that packed the attributes which defined a Cadillac—space, luxury, quietness, isolation from the road, effortless ease of operation, power assistance on everything, a big V8 engine and prestige styling—into a smaller package. So did Cadillac succeed? To answer that question I went to look at George Akele’s 1978 Seville. And here’s my first major impression: For a car that is a half an inch/13mm longer and an inch/25.4mm wider than a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, it sure looked smaller! Maybe it is because the Seville is a noticeable five inches/125mm lower. The second major impression is the styling. The razor sharp edges and creases, the upright lines, an almost vertical angle on the C pillar, the restrained design of the rear end, the minimalist use of chrome and the long bonnet/short boot ratio all combine to infuse the Seville with a chic elegance that stands out even today. When the Seville was released in April 1975 Mitchell was two years away from the mandatory retirement age at GM, and those who were there at the time knew he was keen to embellish his design legacy with one last great styling trend. And with the 1975 Seville he did just that, influencing a styling trend which came to dominate the American car industry until Ford’s design vice 11