The Many Saints of Newark, Sopranos prequel film expands the mythology of the legendary show. Though the cast includes a young Tony Soprano, its protagonist is mafia captain Dickie Moltisanti. The Many Saints of Newark shows that Dickie was just as powerful and feared as Tony would later become. However, the prequel also reveals Dickie was loved and cool in a way Tony would never be. Dickie Moltisanti’s classic cars–eye-catching rare convertibles–are a reminder of the differences between Tony and his idol.
1966 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport
The Many Saints of Newark opens in 1967. Dickie Moltisanti is running his own crew. He is an up-and-comer, ruthless and stylish. Early in the film, he is driving around checking on his various lieutenants. He is cruising in a 1966 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport.
From 1961 through 1969, the Super Sport was the top trim of the Chevrolet Impala. Chevrolet offered the car with several V8 engines, all tuned for more than 300 horsepower. The venerable 409 big-block V8 powered the fastest Super Sport. It is one of the easiest muscle cars to restore.
Dickie Moltisanti’s Chevy is a white-on-white convertible. Though not a luxury car, it is eye-catching and fast. His father operated a GM dealership, so Dickie likely got a deal on his beloved Impala.
During the film, Dickie fusses over his Impala Super Sport. When Newark is burning during the 1967 riots, Dickie worries about the ash collecting on his car.
1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado
Halfway through The Many Saints of Newark, the film jumps to the early 1970s. Dickie Moltisanti’s position in the mob has improved, and so has his vehicle. In the early 1970s, he is driving a 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado.
For much of its history, the Eldorado was the top-trim or second-to-top trim Cadillac. Beginning in 1967, GM mass-produced the Eldorado as a two-door personal luxury car, similar to the Ford Thunderbird.
The Eldorado was central to the rise of Cadillac. In 1971, the Eldorado gained six inches in its wheelbase and an exclusive 8.2-liter V8. The same year, GM began to offer the car as a convertible, for the first time since 1966. General Motors branded the El Dorado as a sub-series of the elite Fleetwood line of Cadillacs until it split off in 1976.
Dickie Moltisanti’s Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado is a green convertible. The film features the Eldorado in a prominent scene when much of the cast–old and new–are together for a drive. Dickie and his mistress take Tony Soprano and Tony’s friend out for a drive. Then, they pull into Harold McBrayer’s auto repair shop to check in with Dickie’s ex-lieutenant.
[Spoiler Alert] Dickie’s Cadillac meets an untimely demise. As Dickie and “Johnny Boy” Soprano come out of a club, McBrayer attempts a drive-by shooting. However, when the Italians hide behind their car, McBrayer shoots up the Cadillac.
1971 Buick Centurion
The second 1970s car driven by Dickie Moltisanti is a 1971 Buick Centurion. After his Cadillac Eldorado, Dickie goes for an upmarket convertible coupe yet again.
The Buick Centurion began as a futuristic 1956 concept car. Buick eventually produced the Centurion from 1971 through 1973. It replaced the Buick Wildcat as a performance-oriented, full-size car. It was an upsell of the LeSabre but slotted below the Electra. Every Centurion was powered by a 7.5-liter big-block V8.
Dickie’s Centurion is brown with a brown interior. Near the end of the film, he takes his mistress on an off-season drive down the snowy Jersey Shore in his Centurion.
[Spoiler Alert] The Buick Centurion is Dickie Moltisanti’s final car. This is the car he is driving when he is assassinated. He parks the Centurion outside his home and opens the trunk to unload some furniture when an unseen assassin shoots him from behind.