Until you just heard about the American cars that how big they are, you cannot imagine what people are talking about. Fortunately, there is a museum in Keszthely where you can see the giants of giants
I’ll bet that you would never think about that there is a Cadillac Museum in Keszthely, however, as far as I know, that is the only place in Hungary. The cars, that make you shocked certainly, are exhibited by the edge of the town centre, two minutes from the Main Square. You have seen them in thousands of movies, you have read about them, their legendary dimension and measure. But suddenly you stand in front of them and your mouth is watering for them, you becomes stupid and you can repeat only that they are amazingly big. No, they aren’t. They are FRIGHTENING GIANTS.
To tell the truth, I knew all along that Cadillacs made in the 60s and 70s are outsized drags and I have met some of them in the USA, where they are still in fashion: lots of these cars are plodding on the long straight roads of California and I saw a man in New York who established a moving office in an old cabriolet and he was working in the middle of the night city sitting in his Cadillac accompanied by fax, printer and monitors.
But it is totally different to see all of these by the Lake Balaton, where the cars running on the streets are third as large as Cadillacs. And it causes more shock to see the models from the 20s-40s, since there are some of them in the museum, and you discover that the giants of the 50s and 60s are made in terms of miniaturization compared to the older ones.
And as you are looking around, you become attached to the museum, these cars, the certain eras and you realize that through the development of Cadillacs you can get to know one of the most exciting half century of the USA, too. From the heroic age of motorization through the time of the mafia and Rock and Roll in the 50s and 60s (two of the cars are derived from the collection of Elvis) to the lack of imagination and the oil crisis of the 80s there are everything in front of you represented by such pop-historical icons like Cadillac Coupe from 1959 (it is difficult to imagine a cooler car than this one) or the De Ville from 1967 that was also a chief character of more movies. Speaking of movies: there is the La Salle Sedan from 1932 that is the same car that Sonny Corleone arrived to the wedding by in the first part of the Godfather. The owner made an effort to get the car that ran 28 thousand miles, but if you stand in front of it you understand why.
All of them are beautiful works of art, if you are interested in cars just a little bit and if you are near Keszthely, do not miss the Cadillac Museum.
Keszthely, Kossuth L. street 77
Open From Monday to Saturday: from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Open on Sundays: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.