It was only in production for 14 years, but during that time La Salle made a powerful impact that wasn’t soon forgotten. That’s because it offered buyers distinctive high style in an affordable package, and in a variety of body styles to suit everyone’s needs.
Ron Van Gelderen and Matt Larson’s “La Salle: Cadillac’s Companion Car” will probably be the only book ever published on La Salle for the simple reason that it covers every single aspect of La Salle production, from styling and design to mechanical specifications and colors offered. It’s as complete a history of a marque as any book can be; it’s that comprehensive and far-reaching.
Published in a large 9 x 12-inch hardcover format, this full-color tome totals 425 pages in length, which is broken up into 24 chapters, the majority of which are labeled per the car’s year, such as chapter Nineteen Twenty-Nine or Nineteen Forty. After each year’s production is covered, there are also dedicated chapters on the 1941, 1955, 1963 and 1975 prototypes that never made it into production. And as expected, each chapter is filled with production data, mechanical specifications, body detail changes and any important historical information such as the introduction of new engines or pacing the Indy 500.