Then, once they’d seen it, they wanted to buy it. It wasn’t clear which of the Ciel’s features most appealed to them, but there’s plenty to choose from. As a four-seat, four-door convertible, it sits on its 22in rims in the long-vacant, never-filled hole in the market left by the departed Lincoln Continental. Its styling doesn’t desert completely the current Cadillac angularity, just softens it and introduces an elegance that has all the presence, just without so much steroidal aggression.
Key to this is the long, upsweeping line that runs the length of the car, kicking upwards as it nears the rear. But it’s also reinforced when you look at the car from above, or when sitting inside it. The two nickel-plated rails that run the entire length of the car arc gently from stem to stern, making the car feel like it’s enveloping you.