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A Mini meets a really big Cadillac

Harlem and Divison Auto Repair in Oak Park looks after my Mini.  Bob, John & staff take good care of it for me.  They work on all kinds of cars, people seem to bring their “unique” cars there for service.

In taking my Mini to Harlem and Division the other day, it was noted that while I own the smallest car they service; the largest car they service, a 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine, was in for repairs.  I couldn’t help but photograph the two.  The shop even moved other vehicles out of the way to help stage the photo.  But then, I think that they may have had problems putting the Cadillac on the rack without the tailfins puncturing something once it got lifted in the air.  My Mini, on the other hand, has to be driven carefully onto the rack.  It has such a narrow gauge between tires that there is a concern that the rails on the rack may not be spaced close enough together to prevent my Mini from slipping in between the two guiderails.

An optical illusion, the Mini actually appears larger than the Cadillac
An optical illusion, the Mini actually appears larger than the Cadillac

According to the laws of perspective, if something – like a small car like my Mini – is in front, it will automatically appear larger than anything behind it.  My Mini still can’t hide this behemoth.  To be fair, it ought to be noted that my Mini is actually an Estate model, the “stretch” version, if you will.

Tinkerbelle vs Jane Russell
Tinkerbelle vs Jane Russell

It was kind of like the difference between Tinkerbelle and Jane Russell.

Posted in Automobile Design.