A&A Auto (USA): mildly customized coupe named Goldilocks
[Barris, George?] (USA), custom "half-tip" conversion
on 1960 Eldorado Biarritz. According to Tony Wood, a
Barris associate, this car was actually built by Dale Gould at his shop in Hollywood, Ca.
The leading on the roof was performed at the Barris shop, in 1968. Tony kindly supplied
five of the photos of the car (below). It has the roof off a '65 Chevy Impala and may be
displayed with or without the removable roof portion. This car was featured in the
book, Famous Customs and Show Rods by Barris & Scagnetti.
The '60 Biarritz "before"
Left: Dale Gould and and George Barris leading
the Impala roof onto the car
Right: the modified front grille
Photos [above three rows]: Barris archives, courtesy
This photo: from the book by Barris and Scagnetti
Barris, George (USA) special Series 75 limousine for
Elvis Presley (special issue CCON, p.24-25); Done in a gold and white motif with portholes in the sail panels a la '57
T-Bird, all the metal on this car is 24kt gold-plated. The top panel is gold frieze
imported from France and tufted with pearl buttons. Aboard, there is a display of some of
the King's gold records. The semi-circular rear seat is upholstered in
pleated white naugahyde [with that kind of money, I would have ordered leather!].
All the windows are screened with gold lame drapes and the floor covering is white mouton
throughout. Facing the rear seat in the rear compartment is a center lounge seat;
incorporated in the division are a gold vanity case with gold electric razor, hair
clipper, shoe buffer and other grooming items. A refreshment bar is prominent; it
will freeze ice cubes in 2 minutes. A gold-plated swivel TV set completes the rear
accoutrements. Passenger and driver both may control electronically a 10-record
automatic record changer, intercom and air-conditioner. The driver has a gold-flake
telephone at hand to receive and relay calls. The body has 40 coats of pure
diamond dust pearl which consists of crushed diamonds and pure fish scales from the Orient
rubbed to a mirror-like luster. Oh yeah!?!? Sounds fishy to
me. Watching TV on the evening of Jan. 24, 2007, I glimpsed another custom 1960 Series
75 limousine just like this one (with quarter roof portholes) but, for the life of
me, I just can't remember the name of the program ! Is it possible Barris converted
TWO of them ?
Barris (USA) Custom low rider conversion. According to Tony Wood
who was a Barris associate, this conversion was one in 1998-99 for body-builder, Chris
[De Rosa, Frank] custom Land Shark or Sharkmobile
owned [1980s] by Bob Bowen, a Lodi (CA) local. Stretched to 20'7", hand-made
gull-wing doors, padded vinyl top, special wire wheel hubcaps, headlights, De Soto grille
and steering wheel. I'm not particularly attracted to this kind of street machine,
but now and again you find a head-turner like this one. I couldn't resist including it.
This wild thing was offered for sale by auction at the annual Barrett-Jackson event in
Scottsdale, AZ, in January 2001. The catalog for that venue described it thus: Frank
Derosa's famous "Sharkmobile". Car is all metal and lead, with no plastic
used. It includes customized widening and lengthening, is lowered with an upside down '53
DeSoto grille, Mercedes headlights, '56 Packard tail-lights, '63 Thunderbird interior
including the wrap-around rear seats, "gills" (louvers) on the sides, a Packard
hood ornament, custom exhaust and Lake pipes, T-Top, unbelievable paint scheme and
Cadillac stock running gear. Late Extra
[12/2004]: the car was offered for sale at auction en eBay. Her are
excerpts from the vendor's description [complete with all spelling mistakes] : This
started life as a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. The Shark Mobile has been in many
Magazines and a Museum in Alaska over time and is in great condition. This car probably
weighs 8000 lbs as it is almost totally lead and steal. This was built by the world
renowned Frank De Rosa in Pittsburg California and was probably one of his best
achievements. Originally to be called the Vendetta it was to be De Rosa's answer to
Barris' Batmobile. Four years in the making the shark rattled the custom car world.
Painted in iridescent blue with metalflake and deeper blue flames that are more aquatic
and wavelike then fire like. the sharks ominous presence is accentuated by monstrous fins,
fenders and skirts that extend six feet behind the rear wheels. As an amalgamation of
Lincoln fender components Packard taillights DeSoto grille and Riviera top complete with t
tops. De Rosa is a member if the Oakland Roadsters Hall of Fame and was Builder of the
Year ... Drive train is stock 1960 Cadillac.
Fisher (USA) special 4-door phaeton, lots of photos seen GM
Styling Library, 9/94; excerpts of text says ...arrangements having been made with Mr.
A. Limberg, with Mr. A. McVey and Mr. Charles White of Fisher Body to expedite a body
through the Fisher body Fleetwood plant with the [following] specifications: ...The
complete body in white is a 6239 body style with the front end assembly being replaced
with a 6267 front end assembly. The following items were deleted: roof panels, all
roof bows, No. 3 rear quarter pillar above the belt, rear cushion and seat back including
all interior trim; the following were installed: all power units in doors, trimmed front
seat with 6-way seat adjuster, 6239 wiring harness, front door convertible assemblies for
6267 being furnished. Other items to be furnished: all exterior hardware items, moldings,
door handles, bumpers, locks, lamps, etc.; see also SS 5/94, cover + pp.4-5. In
addition, this prototype had an ingenious top mechanism allowing room for 3 rear seat
passengers; the system was subsequently adapted to the front-wheel drive Eldorado
convertible. Story [as told by enthusiast, Jim Crabtree]: Lincoln had announced that
in 1961 they would re-introduce the 4-door convertible. Nobody could guess how well it
might sell. If the car-buying public desperately wanted a convertible sedan again, then
Cadillac wanted to have "something" ready for them. In fact the Lincoln
convertible never was a big seller, so Cadillac never had to follow through with this
[ Sorry for the poor image quality; these are
"photos of photos" I shot in poor lighting conditions at the GM Styling Library,
in 1994 ]
Fisher/Fleetwood (USA) This
designer is at the blackboard in the Styling Studio, putting the final touches to a coupe
proposal for ...some time in the future! Take away the tail-fins and those sharp
body creases seem to take you straight to the 1967 front-wheel-drive Eldorado...
Fleetwood (USA) (???) Cadillac Cyclone [in
fact modified version of 1959 model, XP 74] (special order #90450), currently at
GM headquarters, Warren MI ?
Fleetwood (USA), Sixty-Special prototype with rear
grille à la '59 Eldorado and Series 60S, but with only two rows
of small "bullets" [photos]
Fleetwood (USA), Eldorado 4-door prototype (not built
for production, but only as a styling exercise - what a pity!)
Fuente, Larry (USA) The Mad Cadillac, a monstrous, mad,
pearl-studded Californian creation.
Ghia (Italy) Custom convertible sedan on the
Cadillac Series 75 chassis, for Josip Broz, aka Marshall Tito, former Premier of
the former Yugoslavia.
[These photos: courtesy Frans Vrijaldenhoven,
[ These photos © 2004 and courtesy of Anthony
Hazelaar, The Netherlands ]
Hess & Eisenhardt (USA) A conversion on the Series
75 chassis, for the Du Pont family [chemicals] featuring an ugly, razor-edged rear
roof section. Photo, McC p.339
JF Launer (for JF Customs (Canada)
Pinin Farina (Italy) Cadillac Starlight
coupe, said to have been built on 1959 Eldorado Brougham chassis but probably
a non-runner, like the Jacqueline of 1961 [see below].
B&W photos from Pininfarina archives,
courtesy Sig. Fredy Valentini. Color photo from Paris Salon.
Lower drawings show different stages of operation of retractable (inner) roof
panels. Left to right:
(1) all panels are concealed in special compartment under the rear package shelf,
(2) package shelf opens up and first panel begins to slide out,
(3) panel slides forward on side rails, (4) all three sun-screen panels in
These color photos are from period advertisements for
the Pininfarina coach works
Stengel, Peter (USA and England) + Hess & Eisenhardt
(USA) Custom station wagon with faux wood paneling. H&E were commissioned by Fleetwood to build
this 5-door pillarless Wagon de Ville hardtop station wagon featuring simulated
wood panels on the exterior and full power equipment including air-conditioning and
electric tailgate. A particularly elegant car built after the 1959 Stengel model with the
body set inboard of the fins. Regrettably, it did not go into production! Photos SSA,
1980, inside rear cover, and McC p.336. Here is an excerpt from a chat group I
visited on the Internet: I pulled this one out of a barn where it has been sitting for
the past 17 years. It has been owned by the family since the mid 1960s. They have decided
to sell it at the Gooding and Company Auction this January (http://www.goodingco.com/scottsdale09.html
not pictured in auction preview). The firm I work for is preparing the car for the auction
and babysitting it until then. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this car and wish I could buy it. They are
estimating it to go for $70-$90,000 though a little to deep for my pockets at this time in
life. The car was built by Hess and Eisenhardt of Cinci, Ohio (they are mentioned above).
It was orginally ordered by and sold to the man that owned Central Cadillac in Cleveland,
Ohio. It is believed that he had an earlier one (possibly like the '55 pictured above) and
his wife loved it so much he ordered a run of them in 1960. I've been told there were
either 5 or 10 made (personally I believe 5) and he got two of them. He kept one for his
wife, this one, and sold the other thru the dealership. His wife drove the family in the
car for four years or so at which time he sold the car to my client's grandparents. They
then passed the car to her father and now to her and her siblings. The car is has a very
interesting build. We believe the roof is Buick and are for sure that the rear tailgate
is. It is neat how chopped the back windows look. The interior is stock Cadillac in black
with carpet and accessory pockets in the back. The wood on the side isn't wood but rather
vinyl stickers. The pieces of wood surrounding the panels are metal with a sticker or
paint covering it. I'm happy to be its caretaker, even if it is just for a little while! The
wagon was eventually sold by the Gooding Auction Co., for a reported $66,000.
[Unknown, USA] Series 62 convertible with special rumble seat
[Unknown, USA] Psychedelic, open-top Cadillac parade
car on Series 75 chassis
CLC President, Glen Brown, makes an encounter of a
[ Photo: courtesy Self Starter ]
[Unknown, USA???] Camper conversion, probably
from a commercial car. This one resides in Sweden (2008). The conversion is
believed to have been done circa 1978.
Photo: © 2008 and courtesy Per Karlsson,
[Unknown, USA???] Series 75 limousine
with custom padded top
[ Photos (cropped and edited): Automusée du Forez de St. Germain
Laval, France ]
[Unknown, USA???] "Low-Rider" 1960 coupe from
This conversion was done in Germany
[Unknown, USA???] Two-door coupe with continental kit; I
have included this photo if only to show how an otherwise pretty sixties Cadillac
can be made to look positively ugly by the addition of a continental kit. In
my opinion, the 1958 models were the last that could [only just] "bear" a
Continental kit without looking awful!
[ Same car ? Different lighting conditions ? ]
[Unknown, USA???] A rear ensemble with a definite 1959 influence !
[Unknown, USA???] Another rear ensemble with a definite 1959 influence !
[Unknown, USA] Another two-door coupe with
continental kit; this one was offered for sale on e-Bay, in 2001, and dubbed the
"Elvis Presley" pink Cadillac.
[Unknown, USA???] Custom low-rider job on '60 Cadillac
[Unknown, USA???] Another custom Coupe de Ville low-rider.
[ Photo: Barrett-Jackson auction catalog for
Jan., 2008 ]
Unknown, USA???] Low rider on 1960 Cadillac base.
Enthusiast, Murray Pfaff, sent this picture of a custom 1960 convertible; he says it is
equipped with a 390ci engine, 2 four-barrel carbs, and a TH400 transmission. It is being
rigged to shoot flames out through the exhaust ports.
[ Photo: courtesy Murray Pfaff ]
This mildly customized Coupe de Ville was
found on Internet, 10/2004
[Unknown, USA???] Pop Camper, seen in book Weird
Cars, by John A. Gunnel
[ no image ]
[Unknown, USA???] Looks like an amateur conversion
from 4-door sedan to 4-door convertible.
[Unknown, USA???] Looks like another amateur
conversion from 2-door coupe to a convertible with removable tonneau cover.
[Unknown, USA???] "Wild" custom job based
on a 1960 Cadillac! Here's a You Tube
video of this and one other Cadillac!
Before paint and trim?
[ Photos: Internet, 2008 ]
[Unknown, USA???] Here's the ideal trailer for
towing behind a 1960 pink Cadillac !
[Unknown, USA] ent
venues in 2005 and 2006 to sell it (for a VAST sum of money), first as "the"
1959 GM Motorama showcar, then as a unique GM experiment in design from Harley Earl's
skunk works and, finally, as the first car with in-dash TV. Fortunately, nobody fell for
his outrageous claims although bidding during one "private auction" in August
2005 allegedly reached $167,000 ...which did not meet the vendor's reserve. In
January 2006 it was on the catalog of the Barrett Jackson group at Scottsdale, AZ. I
watched 30 hours of the show, hoping to hear some more outlandish claims about it ...but
it went across the block DURING A COMMERCIAL BREAK !!! I learned, later, it had been
bid to around $85K - a far throw from the MILLION dollars the vendor wanted from a friend
of mine in Australia ! It did not meet the vendor's expectations; however, as this was a
no reserve auction, it had to go to the highest bidder. It seems the auctioneers accepted
a final high bid from the vendor himself. Of course, he had to pay BJ's commission
...making it an "expensive day at the races".
[Unknown, USA] This strange,
"hybrid" 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible is fitted with the body
from a 1960 Series 62 convertible. It is the
imaginative creation of, in my opinion, an unscrupulous used-car vendor in Florida by the
name of "Marv", a "Power Seller" on eBay who uses the
ID,"luvdg". Marv appears to have restored (or had restored by
non-experts)) a '59 Series 62 convertible that had got a '60 body put on it
during the first 45 years of its life. A simplified (and obviously less costly) Series
62 design was used for the leather upholstery and trim. Despite an alleged
restoration cost of over $110,000 (!) the restorer "cut a few corners" (e.g. he
did away with the recessed buttons on the seat backs and the distinctive, embossed
Cadillac "V" and crest between the rear seat backs (costly and difficult to make
up from scratch). He restored the B&W TV that a previous (?) customizer had
installed in the modified dash. "Matv" then attempted on a number of occasions and at different
venues in 2005 and 2006 to sell this car at auction ...for a HUGE sum of money). It was
advertised, first, as "the" 1959 GM Motorama showcar, then later as a unique GM
design experiment direct from Harley Earl's skunk works and, finally, as the first car in
the world [and the LAST, we hope] to have TV installed in the dash. Fortunately, nobody
fell for "Marv's" outrageous claims, although in one instance (August 2005)
bidding did appear to reach nearly $167,000; however, it failed to meet the vendor's
reserve. He eventually got himself tied
in a knot with his incessant false claims. He even had two "witnesses" supply
written testimony asserting they both had seen the car at the NY venue of the GM Motorama
in October 1959 [when, in fact, it had taken place the previous
year, in October, 1958]. Both witnesses asserted the car was
blue; in my opinion, this was because the vendor had "coached" them by showing
them a copy of the factory build-sheet with a code "20" in one column.
Unfortunately, "Marv" confused the trim code (#20 - black & white leather)
with the paint code (#12 - Dover white). He subsequently tried to wiggle out of his
obvious mistake asserting, later, that the car first had been white, then re-painted blue
[a likely story, indeed!]. Even later, he included as further "proof" of
his fanciful claims, a picture of a "future Cadillac design" taken in the
Cadillac styling studio; he had found that photo in a GM publication and immediately
asserted that this "probably was his car". Trouble is, that car was painted red
...despite "Marv"s insistent, prior claims that it was blue, as attested by his
two "reliable" witnesses who had seen it close up, in New York, in 1959.
In fact, the paint code on the build sheet (#12) shows that the car was initially white.
Many Cadillac enthusiasts who saw the car adverised on Ebay raised doubts about the car's
authenticity; a lively debate ensued on the Cadillac-LaSalle Club forum. Anyway, after
three unsuccessful attempts to sell the car on eBay (although there were - apparently -
"private" bids, the highest being in the region of $170,000), "Marv"
consigned it with the Barrett-Jackson auctioneers at their "no reserve"
Scottsdale venue in January, 2006. The auctioneers with
whom I spoke long before the (Steve Davis) refused to include "Marv"'s
fanciful allegations about the car's origin; the eventually agreed to lits it, but only as
a "rebody 1960 Cadillac on a 1959 Cadillac chassis." I watched 30 hours of
the show, hoping to see that car cross the block and to hear the owner/vendor make some
more outlandish claims about it; he even tried to enlist the help of Richard Earl,
grandson of the great Harley Earl, to back his claims as to the car's
"skunkworks" origins; Mr. Earl Jr. was not foold. To me lasting regret, the car
went across the block DURING A COMMERCIAL BREAK! I learned, later, that it had been
bid to around $85K (so LITTLE money for
an alleged UNIQUE GM show car - like the Oldsmobile "Golden Rocket" that BJ had
sold the previous year for a record $3,24 million - and that "Marv" had
offered, in August 2005, to a collector friend of mine, for ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!) That high bid in 2006 did not meet the vendor's expectations; however, as
this was a no reserve auction, it had to go to the highest bidder. It seems the
auctioneers accepted a final high bid from the vendor himself; of course, he had to pay
BJ's buyers' and sellers' commission ...making it an "expensive day at the
races". I learned later, from
the consignor himself that HE had bought the car
"back". I learned also (and to my great surprise) that a "valid sale"
occurs even if an auction item remains in the ownership of the consignor ...provided
he/she pays the sales commission! Well, well, well! Who among us will ever believe an
auction result again? Late Extra [Summer,
2006]: apparently the
car found a new home, in Colorado [according to the new license tags it carried] ...but
the buyer put it up for sale AGAIN, far too soon not to raise my suspicions again! Despite
it being "a UNIQUE creation for GM by Harley Earl", someone undertook to make a
few modifications: for example, in some later photos, a vinyl tonneau cover replaced the
"Eldorado" type hard boot (although I understand the hard boot is still
available with the car), the expensive, Fleetwood wheel discs were replaced with modern
wire wheels, the steering wheel wa changed (back?) from a 1960 to a 1959 model, seat belts
were added, floor mats were replaced with a modern set and finally the engine bay was
detailed following many suggestions by enthusiasts who saw errors there. Later [4/2008]: this
message was posted on the Forum of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club by Peter Kulzer, the
son of the (then) current owner: Ok, let me set this
straight for everyone.... My father now owns this Cadillac. It is a '59.
It is titled as a '59 Cadillac. Let me start off by saying that this is one
of the worst resto jobs ever. The thing is a bondo bucket. It sat outside for several
years before the resto and it still had leaves under the dash when my father and I pulled
the dash to rewire it all. The seats were beat up when we received it and now they are
reupholstered. The motor was never rebuilt. The engine was repainted in the car; parts of
the chassis are spray painted blue due to overspray. The car had tons of rust on it and it
shows where they covered it. The finish of the body has terrible orange peel. The car was
white with black and white interior originally. When we got the car off the car hauler
(when we got it), the driver's side window was broken and all the other windows were
un-aligned. The only brake that was working was the left front and it isn't easy stopping
a 6-7 thousand pound Caddy that way. Later
still [3/2009]: The car appeared to have been
acquired by the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas (or it may have been simply on exhibit
there by its current owner); Gita and I saw it there in the summer of 2009 when we
attended the Grand National meet of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.. Even later [8/2009]:
Offered at auction by Mecum, in Monterey (as lot S116), the car was listed (in
error, you think?) as a 1959 Cadillac Autorama Prototype Convertible! The vehicle
was described thus: Built for the 1960 Autorama [there never was such a thing -
the next such show, after the "1959" venue - that was staged in the fall of 1958
- took place in 1961, at New York, Los Angeles and
San Francisco] , this captivating corporate showpiece has all the presence and
panache so beloved by contemporary Caddy buyers. Even the brilliant Red-and-White color
scheme is Cadillac-ostentatious at its best, with chromed wires [added
recently and not original] wearing wide Whitewalls and bold new 
grille-work front and rear. The boldest touch of all, of course, is the dash mounted
television, a feature that was enjoying great popularity on the custom car circuit and
seemed immediately destined for common use in the automobiles of the not-too-distant
future, a future in which anything seemed possible. Highlights: (1) 1960 prototype, shown
at  Autorama [B/S], (2) new quarter panel design for 1960
[note the absence of chrome or stainless moldings on the lower rear fenders and fender
skirts, compared with authentic Cadillac designs like the Eldorados and Sixty-Specials
of 1959 and 1960 - it looks like that part of the body sill trim was "lost in the
restoration"] , (3) built at the height of the "Big Fin" era, this
prototype [B/S] typifies the styling extremes of the times and includes a
television [in the dash!!!], (4) with both the Cadillac and TV American cultural
stars in their own rights, GM mated the two together [B/S]. The hype (or is
it just a bunch of lies) continues. I wonder if it ever REALLY found a new home and if
"Marv" is still laughing all the way to the bank, having pulled off
the "Cadillac scam of the century."
And even later [May 2010]:
Offered at auction by Mecum, in Monterey as lot T263; Mecum said:
One of the many unique vehicles offered by Cinema Vehicle Services,
this unusual Cadillac convertible was born with a 1959 Series 62
[coupe] body. At some point in its life, the front and rear clips
were changed to 1960 vintage. CVS [who is "CVS"] has documented
that the car was restored in Florida in 2005 to its present very good
[???] condition. With its classic and festive Red-on-White color
scheme, chromed wire wheels [these changed from regular 1959-60
Eldorado wheel covers circa 2007-07] and wide Whitewalls, this
one-of-a-kind Caddy is a genuine head-turner, coming with both soft and
fiberglass parade boots and a Fifties-Sixties vintage dash-mounted B&W
the car in these flattering terms:
spectacular motorcar has been beautifully restored [?] with no expense
spared [?. Nearly $100,000 spent on the restoration alone! [?.] This
unique and special motorcar just might be one of the most important
American classics [?] that you will ever have the opportunity to acquire.
This exquisite motorcar comes with many unique features, including black
and white TV. Recent activity:
"whatizzit" Cadillac appeared again for sale on Ebay; the vendor this time was Daniel Schmitt & Co. of St. Louis, MO, an Ebay "Power Seller" and a
company that appears to enjoy a fine reputation for selling top-end classics and
collectibles. The starting bid for both consecutive auction periods was set at $117,000
and there was a Buy-it-Now amount shown of $119,000. The first auction ( May 2010), did
not garner a single bid! I Emailed the company, asking if they knew the real history of
the car they were selling; I got no reply. Again in June there was not a single bid.
As I have said, and often repeat: caveat emptor. I suspect we have
not heard the last of this car nor of the inventiveness of "Marv", who first put it on the market
in 2005! BTY, this oddity is included also in the "Dream Cars"
["nightmare cars"?] section of the Database for 1959.
Note how Eldorado-type stainless steel molding along
the body sill stops abruptly, level with
the wheel skirt and does not extend up to to the trailing edge of the rear fender;
Eldorado turbine vane wheel discs and hard boot also are intended to accentuate the car's
Seat pattern is similar to the 1960 Series 62
design but does away with the seat back buttons
as well as the elaborate, embossed Cadillac "V" and crest between the rear
[ Photos: Internet, 2005 ]
These photos were taken in Scottsdale, AZ, in Jan.
2006, during the annual Barrett-Jackson classic car auction
bidders shied away from this "bizarre" car and the equally
"bizarre" stories about it; as this was a "no reserve" auction, and
when bidding closed around $50K
(a far cry from the vendor's MILLION dollar goal!), the vendor himself
put in a higher bid and was able to retrieve the car after paying seller and buyer
[ Photos: © 2006 and courtesy Mike Phillips for Meguiar's ]
In this bird's eye view you can see the open door
that encloses the TV set;
the seat pattern and interior trim are neither from 1959 nor 1960; there
is also no chrome radio grille in rear seat back; vendor probably will argue
that this is "normal"; why install a radio in a car that has a TV in the
[ Photos (above 2 rows): Imperial Palace, Las Vegas ]
[Unknown, USA] Here's a professional car (funeral coach?)
converted to a kind of "hot rod". I'm not keen to add too many of these
"rods" to the "Dream Cars" section of the Database, even if I have to
admit they are just as unique, in their own way, as any pre-WW2 coachbuilt model.
[Unknown, USA] Here's an Eldorado
"lookalike" that appears to be a conversion from a regular Series 62
convertible (look at the interior trim).
[Unknown, USA] Here's another
converted professional car, possibly inspired by Superior's 1959
"Caravelle" observation coach.
Note the skeg on the lower rear
quarters, possibly inspired by the 1959 Cadillac "Cyclone" show car
[Unknown, USA] Here's another "odd"
custom coupe (almost) survivor) on the 1960 chassis
[Unknown, USA] Here are three more
unidentified low-riders and rods on the 1960 Cadillac chassis. I am not
keen on this kind of "art form" yet I admire greatly the work that
obviously goes into them.
Seen in GM Styling archives, 9/94, lots of color renderings of special
bodies, e.g. photos Nos. C5532/29/26, and station wagon photos Nos. (C4050/51/52/53).
Fisher/Fleetwood (???) (USA) Mildly customized Series 62 De Ville
convertible (changed to Coupe de BurgerVille for sales promotion of BurgerVille
restaurants (a Northwest chain). Photos and cutting by Al Drake in Old Cars Weekly,
Fleetwood ??? (USA) "Bubble top" Series 75
limousine, similar to the 1959 Canadian Royal Tour car described above.
Photo from GM Styling archives, 9/94
Fleetwood ??? (USA) styling models, built 1958, ELD, p.68
GM/Fleetwood ??? (USA) The rear ensemble is
typical of the srock 1961 Cadillac models, but the front of the car has
design similarities with the 1962 cars. The interior trim also is at
variance with both the 1961 and 1962 Eldorado models, Although the body
tag does not carry the usual "SO" indication (for "shop order" or
"special order"), it was obviously ordered specially (some hidden
interior parts are labeled "SO 50110"; the sill plates are formed of
ribbed aluminum pieces and the car carries a light-colored
belt molding similar to what may be seen on the 1961 Eldorado models,
except that it wrap completely around the trunk area too. The car was in
storage in a garage since 1973. When
found, the exterior and interior are very clean but needed some repairs
and finishing work. Everything on the car (except the wheel covers)
is original including the tires, and the odometer reading shows 38,000
miles. There is anecdotal evidence that this car once belonged to Walter
Hagen, the famous golfer; Hagen is known to have donated
the car it to his church before he died; that is where the previous
owner got it.it.
lights are incorporated between the twin rear light nacelles. The car
stock 1961 Eldorado
Biarritz body tag with no special data plate on the firewall; it
features open rear wheel arches although this styling idea was not on
the books until the 1964 production Eldorado models. The car was built
during the last week of November 1960 (as
witnessed by the build code 11E on the data plate), makimg it a 1961 model, as
evidenced also by the stock VIN. Oddly enough, it appears to not have been
shown in 1961, until the 1962 models made their appearance in
Chicago, at the 1962 show. Other featurers include a center console and floor mounted
shift level. double-thin white wall titres, (remote) RH outside rear-view
mirror, chrome ribbed floor mats, 1962 style steering wheel, pneumatic
(vacuum) door locks, Autronic-Eye. The new owner has restored the car,
while retaining 90% of its originality. It is a spendid piece of work
Star of the Chicago Auto Show in 1962
[ Photos in the above 3 rows:
© 2012 and courtesy of the owner, for the Cadillac & LaSalle Club ]
The original custom wheel covers were
missing; the new owner has created from scratch these almost identical
[ Photos: CLC forum, courtesy of the owner ]
GM/Fleetwood ??? (USA) Prototype of a proposed 4-door
convertible with side trim off the year's Series 60 Special
George, Eric (USA) Eric is a keen Cadillac enthusiast and a
regular visitor to the Database. He has submitted these neo-classical town car and town
brougham designs, based on the Fleetwood Series 75 chassis for 1961. I find
then particularly appealing. My favorite of favorites, of course, is still the 1930
Fleetwood town brougham, style #4264-B with French cane (small image below, right).
Eric dreamed up this formal limo/town car; note the
60 Special hash marks on the rear fender
[RH image shows canework applied to 1930 V-16 town brougham, a recreated
Fleetwood style #4264B]
Hess & Eisenhardt (USA) custom, armor-plated Series 75
limousine for H.E. Abdel Karim Kassem, then Premier of Iraq; features include a specially
modified windshield to accommodate the thick, bullet-proof glass. Photo McC p.343.
Lindburg Cadillac, St. Louis (USA) converted some "Series
62" 4-window sedans into formal sedans by adding metal to the roof and replacing the
huge expanse of "greenhouse" glass with a much smaller window for the
"Series 75" sedans and limousines. The latter were purchased from the
factory....that was curious why the St. Louis dealer needed so many "75" rear
window parts [see more, by CLC member Terry Wenger, in the Self Starter, May 2006, pp.
Pininfarina (Italy) Cadillac Jacqueline
coupe honoring America's first lady, Jacqueline Bouvier- Kennedy; this car is
said to have been built on a 1959 or 1960 Eldorado Brougham chassis but I
discovered by looking under car at the Geneva Motor Show in 1991 that this
"automobile" was not at all "mobile"; it had neither engine nor
transmission; it was merely a body, a PF styling exercise, mounted on a welded tubular
frame. Was this the case for all PF models allegedly built on Cadillac chassis
(???). Well, I know of two survivors : one built on a 1957 Cadillac chassis and drive
train (offered for sale in Hemmings' classifieds in December, 1970) and Jacqueline
that now is mounted on the chassis of pre-owned 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz with a
regular 1959 Cadillac engine (not the Eldorado "Q" type); it was last heard of
in Hollywood, CA (December, 2996), where it is offered for sale for $400,000 by the 2nd or
3rd owner. As I suffered an "epistolary aggression", in December 2001, by
a Frenchman claiming to be closely associated with Jacqueline who asserted that I
know nothing about the car's history, I decided to create a new
page, just for her. Check it out!
In the gardens of the Palazzo Stupenigi in Turin,
The Pininfarina stand at the Paris Salon,
[Unknown, Switzerland] a mildly converted 1961
Series 62 convertible with customized "Western" interior seen around the
specialty car shows in the early Eighties [photo - AR, 3.5.1984]
[Unknown, USA] custom-built high-top Cadillac limousine, fully
bullet-resistant, including 1¼" thick one-way mirror glass [see-out only]. Interior
is trimmed in gold brocaded damask. The windshield treatment is different from the H&E
car described above. This car was offered for sale in the early seventies for $9700 by Hufstader
Cadillac Inc., 5900 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA [ad photo]. It was described as "ex-sheikh". Another source has this info: The
Cadillac 'Shaikh' [or more commonly "sheikh"] was a $40,000
custom-built vehicle for His Highness Shaikh Abdullah Moobarak [read 'Mubarak']
Al-Sabah, the late ruler of the oil-rich kingdom [actually an emirate] of Kuwait
[he was the 11th amir or emir (head of state) and ruled the ruled the kingdom (emirate)
from 1950-1965]. The car was armor-plated, The intended owner never used the car as he
died before it was completed.
[Unknown, USA] mildly customized series 60 Special
sedan with leather covered roof (seen in Collectible Automobile, 6/1996)
[Unknown, USA] custom-built, Series 60 Special
with Derham-styled rear window.
[Unknown, USA] custom-built, sliding-top Cadillac
coupe, photographed at a car meet in the early eighties [photo].
[Unknown, USA] custom Series 75 limousine seen at
Scottsdale, AZ, January 1999
[Photos: © 1999, Yann Saunders]
[Unknown, USA] custom 4x4 conversion; 350ci Can
Am motor punched out to 383 ci, Rancho suspension, simulated python-skin
interior, built on 1-ton Chevy Blazer chassis. This car was sold at
auction for $4,100 by the Kruse organization [lot #4043] at Kalispell, MT, in July
[no photo available]
[Unknown, USA] custom pickup photographed at car
[Unknown, USA] Here's another one that looks to have
been converted from a professional car; you can tell from the tail-lights; these were used
only on professional cars owing to the width of the rear door.
[Unknown] The owner of this finless 1961 Fleetwood Sixty
Special heard that modifications like this were carried out by Italy's Pininfarina
and refers to the car's resemblance with Jacqueline,
the well-known PF styling exercise. In my opinion, however, this is an amateur conversion;
it does show what pretty lines can be achieved on these bulky Cadillacs simply be removing
the fins. The owner subsequently learned more about the car; it was brought to the
UK from Germany were it had been used between 1965 and '66 after having been purchased in
Italy. So it is very probable that the Italians were responsible for removing the fins.
From England come these photos of a finless 1961
Cadillac Series Sixty Special sedan
[ Photo: courtesy "Cliff" ]
Souped-up engine? No, the speedo is in kph instead of
[Unknown, USA] This is obviously one "mean
[Unknown] This "camper" is assumed to have been built
on the commercial chassis for 1961.
[Unknown] Here's another "camper" that was mounted on a
1960 Cadillac chassis
[ Photos: CLC member forum ]
[Unknown, USA] Another camper
conversion on a 1960 Cadillac chassis." Many years ago, Jim
Garner used to travel through the Atlanta area and there was a
business there that specialized in converting Cadillacs to campers. They had a lot of
hearses on the lot waiting to be converted and several completed units to choose from. It
looked as if they had a lively business. Jim does not recall the name of the place or the
exact location. He thinks it was on the north side.
[Unknown] Here's an odd-looking 1961 2-door with what appears to
be an open front, like a town car, or possibly a removable hard-top (see
sales brochure photos below)
[Unknown] Here's a very
interesting conversion on the 1961 Coupe de Ville ... or is it
just a "photoshopped" artist's dream?
[Unknown] What an amazing tangerine color!