The LaSalle was considered the poor man’s Cadillac. Same engine, but different body. The LaSalle’s hood ornament was a gentleman tipping his hat. My dad used to say that, back in the day, the joke was that the man on the hood was collecting money for a Cadillac.
I wanted to share with you the photograph below of my dad in one of his cars, The Phaeton. His family could not have afforded a car like this when he was a kid. He loved antique cars; we toured a lot together in them and I hated to sell them. Two weeks before he passed away, he told me he finally wanted a Cadillac.