Sun Roof Corp] (USA) El Deora custom Coupe de Ville. Thickly
padded roof, landau bars, two horizontal ¼ windows, imitation continental kit with vinyl
covering like roof. Photo McC p.405. One of these was
offered for sale by auction in Scottsdale, AZ, at the annual Barrett-Jackson venue in
January 2001. The catalog stated that it was one of only three ever made.
Remember, the El Deora was merely a custom trimmed regular 1974 Eldorado;
these cars were not "made", like other custom jobs; they merely got some extra
trim. These "trim packages" never got Cadillac's seal of approval.
The car in the top row was purchased in 2001 by a Mr. Robert (?) Dearman
at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. The present
owner, Ross de Laine of Adelaide, Australia (see 4 other photos,
below) bought the car from Mr. Dearman's widow, Pat; at that time it was
resitered in the name of her daughter, Tina R., for "financial reasons".
Thank to Ross for sharing these photos and for my friend, Ian Robertson,
for bringing them all the way from Australia to the CLC Grand National
meet in St. Augustine (June 2012).
ASC [American Sun
Roof Corp] (USA) El Deora custom Eldorado. Usually features
thickly padded roof, matching trim on upper door, imitation landau bars, one slightly oval
or two horizontal or vertical ¼ windows. The one shown here may belong to Oreste
Msdeu of NJ. He sent me two additional photos, saying he bought a car very much like it in
[ Photos: Internet, 3/2003 ]
These 2 photos, © and courtesy Orestes Masdeu, owner
I suspect that this is another 1974
Eldorado model with "El Deora" trim
ASC (USA) Stretched
custom Eldorado coupe. Cabriolet roof, landau bars, functional continental kit
Photo McC p.405
ASC (USA) Stretched
custom Fleetwood Talisman El Deora, with grille cap, fake
continental kit "hump" and Talisman interior. Story of survivor
in France, in V8, #9,
[ Photos: © 1993, Joėl Peyrou and V8
Baker, Dick and Tony (see Custom
Motor Company (Grover City, CA, USA) According to one of its own
advertising flyers, in 1986, this company built Cadillac pickups since 1954, combining the
luxury of a regular automobile in a pickup. The designer and engineer behind most Caribou
pickups is Lou Schorsch. A power operated tail gate was a first on the 1986 version. These
conversions were available through Cadillac dealers or directly from the Caribou Motor
Company, on Coupe de Ville models from 1974 to 1986. The company boasted in
1978: Every Caribou is a show car that stands out for years to come as one of
America's truly practical automobiles. The Caribou is the ultimate passenger car pick-up.
Cadillac standards are used throughout the construction of your Caribou, along with
numerous inspections, to maintain the highest quality possible. To order your
Caribou, you must use your [own] automobile. Select the finest car you can find.
Try to avoid using a wrecked or damaged car. It's best to start with the best. Orders
were taken with a 50% deposit, the balance being due on delivery. The advertised costs in
1986 were as follows: conversion from a 1974-76 Cadillac Coupe deVille, $10,500,
from a 1977-79 Coupe deVille, $12,500, and from a 1980-86 Coupe de Ville,
$14,500. Check also SS 3/92, p.17.
Aficionado Glen Yadon says that the 1974 custom
pickup truck on the right
was made for stuntman Evel Knievel [photo supplied by Glen]
At left is one of two custom conversion for Evel
Knievel; the round '74 headlights were changed to the '77 rectangular kind,
possibly by Carl Greens Enterprises; the red Caribou is alive and well in Eureka
Kansas and owned by John Mock
The red Evel Knievel pick-up on De Ville chassis
[ Photos (above 2 rows): courtesy Mike Draper (seen here), a former member of Mr.
Knievel's team ]
This one does not have the chrome
grill "cap" of the Knievel wagon
Custom Coach, Lima, OH (USA)
Father and son team, Dick and Tony Baker are responsible for these Cadillac pick-up
[ Photo: © 1974, and courtesy Tony Baker ]
This second custom pick-up truck also is based on a
[ Photo: © 1974, and courtesy Tony Baker ]
I believe this one also is from 1974 but appears to
a custom tail gate from a modified Eldorado coupe or convertible
Although not very rare [ten units or less], Fleetwood offered the Talisman option
package in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Production numbers are: 1974: 1898 units,
1975: 1238 units, 1976: 1200 units. There is an interesting article, in
French, on the 1974 Cadillac Talisman, in V8 Magazine
#33 for Jan., Feb., Mar.1999, pp.38-41. The Talisman for 1975 and 1976,
but it would be revised to seat five instead of four. Pricing for 1975 was $1,788 above
the base price of $10,414, and $1,813 above the $10,935 base price in 1976. Leather was
available as an option in 1974 ...for an extra $2450 [that's a tad less than a new Ford
Pinto of the same year!] There is no mention of a leather option for 1975 and 1976. For
more details, get a copy of CA [6/2002]. Enthusiast Tim Stephens of
Belgium wrote, in May 2003: There have only ever been two Talismans
in Australia, to my knowledge - the first, a 1974, was delivered new in Melbourne,
converted to RHD by Spanmore Engineering in East Burwood (Melbourne suburb) -
Antigua blue metallic with dark blue vinyl roof and Medici interior, it was
registered BS-505. I have B&W photos of it parked in central Melbourne when
near-new. It turned up painted "wedding-white" in ...Queensland and was
offered for sale in or around 2000 (still with its Ford LTD RH door mirror - obviously it
didn't have a factory Cadillac mirror fitted from new). Its eventual sale in
Queensland is not surprising as the wealthy Melbourne owners (whoever "B.S." was
- on the personalized plates) had an apartment complex he owned there. I believe the
car is in somewhat "rough" condition these days. The second car, a 1975 model
turned up out of the blue near Bendigo, in central Victoria,and was offered for sale in
1997. I had hitherto never known of the car, but inquiries revealed it had lived
there all its life. It was some sort of beige-metallic color - but I've never seen
it. 1975 model Cadillacs in Australia were RARE when new - you could have counted
them on two hands in total. By contrast, 1974 models totaled more than 120
units. The Arab oil embargo hit Australia half-a-model-year later than in the
northern hemisphere so by the time the 1975 models came out, Australians were avoiding
"gas guzzlers" like the plague.
Cadillac certainly made more than ten units of this
sedan; I have included it here because it is unusually plush
[ Photos: © V8 Magazine ]
Here's un uncommon option available
on the Fleetwood Talisman models
This other fine Talisman survivor was reportedly
owned by former First Family
Richard M. and Mrs. Nixon; it was offered for sale on eBay in January, 2004
One more lovely survivor
offered fpor sale on Internet in Aug. 2008
Hillcrest Motor Co
(USA) pickup truck, conversion from standard Coupe de Ville. Photo McC
Marquis Coach Company
(USA): The Cadillac Mozelle was built jointly by General Motors (GM) and the
California-based company, in a project spearheaded by the former vice president of design
for GM, William Mitchell. In a daring attempt to create the world's most luxurious
one-of-a-kind creation...... The Cadillac Mozelle one-off prototype exhibit vehicle is, by
*overwhelming* demand, NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE! ...if you are interested in purchasing
"The Cadillac Mozelle" for Three Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars (US
Funds)" [submission by CML member Erik Calvino]. Another CML member, Frank Perch, was
dubious about the car's origins and worth. He said: The story that it is a Bill
Mitchell creation is a little shady to me. It looks exactly like dozens of other kit cars
and customs that took some kind of coupe body (mid 80's Buick Regals and Cougars being
common victims) and made it into a pseudo-Duesenberg. There are many aspects of the
description that are pure BS or at least highly questionable -- Starting with the list of
instrumentation, when the interior photo looks like box-stock 74-76 Cad dash to me, no
extra gauges visible. I will say, as these creations go, the proportions are better than
some of the similar creations using Regals or Cougars, and from the cowl back it doesn't
look too bad, except for those protruding tail lights. I'd like to see a rear view though.
But even taken as better than the average pseudo-Duesy, NO WAY is this worth three mil,
and for that matter is the story that it previously sold for 2.1 mil verifiable? Even if
the whole thing were gold plated and you could prove that it was hand built by Bill
Mitchell and Zora Arkus Duntov and John DeLorean together in some old lady's garage in
Dubuque, it doesn't matter. Let's say that I wanted custom or limited production Cads. For
$3.9 mil I could get one of each year of Eldorado Brougham, a 55-56 Custom Viewmaster
wagon, a '70's wagon conversion (like the gorgeous one pictured on my Website), a 70's
Mirage pickup, a bustle back Seville convertible SEDAN, a 1978-79 H&E DeVille
convertible, AND buy a decent building to store all of 'em in!! Epilogue (2002): The car was
offered at auction by RM classics, from the Dick Kughn collection, Detroit, MI. It was bid
up to a paltry $40,000 !
Aficionado Glen Yadon added this about the Mozelle:
The Cadillac Mozelle
that was supposedly built by GM was, I believe actually built by
Sunrise Motors in Des Moines, Washington. It looks like a model that they made.
They also made a limousine version that I have a picture of somewhere.
Moloney (USA) Various
conversions of regular Cadillac models
Thomas, La Rue (USA) La Rue
Thomas was, for many years, the principal Cadillac dealer in Los Angeles. His
daughter, Vicki Lee graciously supplied this picture of her "odd-ball"
mini-Cadillac built at her dad's shop on the chassis and drive-train of a mid-seventies
Honda Civic. Is this where Cadillac got the idea for its down-sized models of
Auto Gard, Inc., (USA) conversions of Buick, Cadillac,
Ford and Pontiac models. Special "Superfly" headlights for 1974 Cadillac
DeVille and 1973/74 Cadillac Eldorado, repro Goddess hood ornaments
[Unknown, Switzerland - possibly
Franco Sbarro] Custom 5-axle Eldorado, wheel and tire testing laboratory.
This state sponsored "rolling lab", built from three new Eldorado coupes and
completed in 1975, was in service until 1998. It is now retired and sits in the backyard
of the "Dynamic Test Center" near Biel, Switzerland.
[ Photo and information: © 2007, Gerard
Zenklusen-Ott and Self Starter ]
[Unknown, USA] Cadillac
custom Coupe de Ville; one (illustrated below) was acquired by country singer,
[Unknown, USA] Possibly Wisco or Traditional
Coachworks estate wagon on Eldorado base. This one was advertised for sale
in the Fall of 2008 by San Diego Classic and Muscle Cars of Escondido, CA. It was
described as a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado Caballero wagon, 1 of 10 built, in rare
"Canyon Amber" paint finish. Vendor claimed these were "special order"
cars and extremely expensive ($32,000). As I mentioned earlier on this page, similar "custom" models were sold through
Cadillac dealers across the country at a premium of $2,500 to $4,500 over factory list.
This wagon probably was converted from one of the latter Caballero-trimmed cars.
Another possible Wisco or Traditional Coachworks estate wagon on Eldorado
base. Late Extra [June, 2004] from
enthusiast Tony Wood who lived down the street from Glen Campbell and dated his
daughter: This car just left the Barris shop last month [May, 2004]
where it underwent a 6-month restoration. It was left to the current owner in a
[Dec., 2008]: This very car [or one identical
to it?] came up for sale on Ebay. In this case, the owner-vendor said it was 1 of 7 built.
He added: This vehicle was
celebrity owned [Glen Campbell?] and I am the second owner [Glen Cambell's
heir?]. I have had it since 1991, and it was reconditioned in 2005. It's a
one-of- a-kind Eldorado station wagon (1 of 7 made) [or 1 of 10, depending on the
source of the information] for celebrities back in the seventies. It's in
beautiful condition and seeing is beleiving. It's "Persian Green" and was
featured on the 1973 or 1974 edition of Motor Track magazine along with Evil Knievils
Cadillac pick up truck. The car runs beautifully and is a total eye stopper. I'm starting
my asking price at $65,000.00 [good luck!]. It is in storage in Los Angeles CA,
presently. Not surprisingly, there were no bids.
Aficionado Glen Yadon says, if he can remember
this car was built for Glen Campbell. It was a 73 or 74 model;
he kindly supplied the photo [it is also shown in McC p.
[ Cropped photos in above three rows are from the
Advertised for sale in Hemmings Motor News for November 2011:
1974 Cadillac Fleetwood custom built station wagon, three rows of seats,
sunroof, Rolls Royce Type grille treatment with square headlight update.
New set of two inch widewhite radials since pictures were taken, very
clean. $9500 firm ...
Custom station wagons
Possible another Wisco or a Les Dunham special.
"Super-Fly" conversion of 1973 Eldorado coupe
"Super-Fly" conversion (1975-76?)
Possibly a Wisco conversion
This just in [October, 1999] from a Database reader: I saw your Caddy Website
and was curious if you had seen any information on this Cadillac rendering. It was made by
Richard Arbib, a New York industrial designer. It is a 1972 [1973 Eldorado ?] model and I
think the name is Coupe Dorade Custom but I am not completely sure. This was
designed for the "manager of General Motors" according to the information I have
on it. Unfortunately I do not know who this is. I am guessing it is Bill Mitchell, for
they know each other. Mr. Arbib was a world renowned Industrial Designer who was often
hired by companies despite their own styling department. Do you happen
to know if a Caddy similar to this was built? If so, is it still around? Do you have any
information on this design? I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks, Hampton.
Unfortunately I was unable to help Hampton. has anyone seen this before?
The image looked like it was taken from
an old color slide; I have tried to improve on it
Wisco (USA) custom El
Clįsico. This survivor is in Sweden. Nils, the owner, sent the picture.
A nice surviovor in Sweden
[ Photo: © 2007, Nils Bengtlars ]
Moloney (Chicago, USA) They
offered a number of conversions of standard Cadillac body styles, including the 4-door Executive
Limousine and Executive Town Sedan and the 2-door El Doral
conversion of the Coupe de Ville and Eldorado coupe [I guess these names
are copyrighted to Moloney and I hereby credit them with that fact]. Among their
styling features were a customized, rust resistant brass-based, hand-formed hood cap and
side stanchions (grille), padded landau top and matching upper door saddles, false landau
bars, sunroof with retractable wind deflector, reduced-size rear window, oval (vertical)
side opera windows and in some case a Lincoln MKIV styled rear deck. In more recent years
the company has specialized in the manufacture of stretched limousines for airport and
Moloney Coach Company (USA):
Custom Eldorado coupe
Traditional Coach Works
Ltd. (USA) Cadillac Coupe deVille Mirage Pickup conversion
Factory publicity shot