The "ground up" restoration, and the beautiful pink, red and silver lacquer/metal flake paint job were done by my husband, Mike, who has won many awards for the custom cars he has been building for 35 years. (I will be adding pages of some of his custom cars, soon, so you might want to bookmark this page and check back here later)
The 500 cid motor (translated into metric = 8.2 ltrs.) is 100% original and has 98,000 miles on it. Pink Champagne has been virtually maintenance free. In the 27 years that I have owned it, the only major mechanical parts I have had to replace are both of the transaxles and the radiator!
Of course, what I don't spend on maintenance, I spend on gas! Remember...this car was built when gas was a lot cheaper, and of a better quality than it is today. I get about 8 mpg on the freeway...maybe 10 if I keep my toes out of the carburator...but who can resist all that power!
And.....my second favorite Cadillac is this ugly - beat up - not a clean panel on it - 1964 Sedan de Ville. Hey!!....That's me, racing it at Santa Fe Speedway!!(a dirt oval stock car track in Illinois)
This car was so tough that I ran it through an entire season of the meanest, nastiest class of stock car racing without any cage or rollbars! Many cars didn't even make it through one of these races.
And being the only 5'2" 95 lb (female) driver, I often felt that someone had painted a target on the car. It spun - it crashed - it hit the wall - and at the end of the season it was still running!
I found this land beast on the back row of a used car lot, and paid $50.00 for it. When I junked it for weight, I got my $50.00 back!<.B>
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