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Chinese Diplomats to Go Capitalist Class in Cadillacs

From Reuters

General Motors said today that the company delivered its first cars to mainland China since 1951, a fleet of Cadillac luxury limousines destined for use by the Peking diplomatic corps.

Cadillac executives said the sale of 15 Fleetwood stretch limousines, and five smaller models costing $30,000 each, marked the first time the GM flagship division has sold limousines to the People’s Republic of China. Each of the limousines can carry as many as eight passengers, a spokesman said.

The spokesman said the price for the stretch limousines was not immediately available.

The Fleetwood models include 10-inch color television sets, four-speaker AM/FM radios and cassette stereos, lead crystal decanters, illuminated ice service compartments and intercom systems, Cadillac said. Five of the limousines are also equipped with video recorders.

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Cadillac said the autos were bought by the China International Trust and Investment Corp. and adapted to buyer specifications by O’Gara Coachworks of Simi Valley, Calif.


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