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Vinty provides cars, ushers and coordination for a fabulous photo-shoot in Downtown Los Angeles

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Last week, Vinty assisted the Black Lemon event agency in organizing a multi-location photo-shoot for famed French luxury fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent. Black Lemon contacted us with their idea and asked if we could help. They needed cars and drivers that looked the part. We were able to do more - we coordinated with each venue to ensure parking and setting for the shoot, and identified the best routes to each location and helped to ensure that the event ran smoothly. All in all, it was a lot of fun but also hard work to make sure everything goes according to plan!

We knew starting this business that we would raise interest from brands and companies wanting to promote their product with classic cars, so it was an exciting achievement to work on this project.

We gathered our crew of drivers and cars in Marina Del Rey at 7:30 AM and convoyed to Downtown LA (aka DTLA). The plan was to pick up our guests - photographers and team from Yves Saint Laurent, along with their models - social influencers who had flown in from all around the world - from the Ace Hotel at 8:30 AM, after which we were going to several locations in DTLA for the shoot.

Our drivers were fired up. Riding in these classics is always very exciting, and ten of them cruising the streets together makes for quite a scene! From the thrill of the V8 engines of the Impala and the Mustangs to the feeling of cruising in the Cadillac Eldorado and DeVille.

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After picking them up, we split into two groups - one group was driven to the Art Share L.A gallery.

In the meantime, the other group of guests proceeded to the Order DTLA Tattoo Parlour, where they got tattooed and hung out in the artists' studio.

Lunch was held at The Row, and we then switched the groups in the afternoon. The activities finished around 4:30 PM.

With the rain starting early in LA, the driver of the one car missing wipers had to improvise a bit but hey, this what happens with 50+ years old vehicles in "sunny" California!

Overall, the day felt like a dream. Our guests were thrilled to be able to take great pictures and experience Downtown LA in legendary vintage cars. People passing by approached us to share their own stories about the cars. Being able to bring wonderful memories to each and everyone that encountered our classic autos was the cherry on the cake.

We look forward to helping with other corporate events soon, don't hesitate to contact us if you need to rent classic cars!

The Myth of the Eldorado

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Many classic cars have an interesting history and the Cadillac Eldorado is no exception.It begins with a small controversy and a competition. Contrary to what was reported by Palm Springs Life magazine at the time, the Cadillac Eldorado was not named after the Eldorado Country Club in Indian Wells, California. With a little research, anyone at the time would have discovered that the country club didn’t open until 1957, five years after Cadillac held the naming competition that gave birth to the Eldorado name.

Apparently the country club was a favorite haunt for General Motors executives. Unfortunately, the magazine took too many liberties and assumed too much. And became a humorous side note in the car’s history.

The Eldorado CompetitionThe Cadillac Eldorado name was actually coined following an internal naming competition for an upcoming concept car in 1952. The concept’s inception came about as a tribute to Cadillac’s golden anniversary. The concept led to a limited-edition convertible introduced in 1953.

The winner of the naming competition was a secretary in Cadillac’s merchandising department, Mary-Ann Marini.

Ms. Marini, using two Spanish words, created a contraction that translates as “the gilded” or golden one. El Dorado also refers to the South American “Lost City of Gold”, long searched for by Spanish explorers. And so began the story of the Cadillac Eldorado.

History and StylingOne of the classic Eldorado's offered by Vinty and featured in the photography here is a 1976 model. The body style of the 1976 model originated in 1971 as the seventh generation in the car’s lineup, with Cadillac selling 27,368 cars after the new body style was introduced. The following year, Cadillac sold a little over 40,000 Eldorado’s. Subsequently, Cadillac went on to make facelifts to the Eldorado in 1973 and 1975.

Remarkably enough, a 1973 Eldorado was chosen as the pace car for the Indy 500. Whether it was the facelift or the car’s appearance at Indianapolis, sales soared to 51,451, equaling over one-sixth of all Cadillac sales.

As you look at the 1975 Eldorado, styling updates for that model year were rectangular headlights, rear wheel openings minus the fender skirts and crisper body lines. These may seem like minor updates but it made for a more visually appealing car which some say carried design cues reminiscent of the 1967 through 1970 models.

Vinty’s Eldorado isn’t an Indy 500 pace car but it is available for rent in Los Angeles. Check it out and get your reservation in now.