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I walked past this beauty a half dozen times that evening & the more I saw of it, the more I realized that it was something special.

This '49 Cadillac Series 62 Sedanette was bought last August by "Top Hat John", a writer & legend in these parts. He's been trying to buy it for 32 years & didn't haggle over the price. The Caddy was/is a legend in it's own right. It was built by John Ellinger who raced it, & it's as well known on the East side as the legendary & never beaten "Silver Bullet"external link is on the West side.


It's a full roller 396 motor bored to 410cid, Holly dual feed carb, turbo 400 trans with a modified 4500 stall converter pushing a '57 Olds' 4.56 locker. (A few of these driveline details refer to it before some changes were made to make it more streetable.)
The exhaust is full 3" & you can see some of it in the profile shot. Suspension is customized for drags in back & has special springs on the front. John said that, when you get on it, the front doesn't rise up. It leaps forward.

It weighs 4,300 pounds &, in the day with NO2, it did in the high 11 seconds @ 120+ mph!
The interior is '85 El Dorado & the wheels are '71 Chevy truck. (Some guys would have put in a different rear end gear. Don't you just love the way this solves the problem for not a lot of money?)

It's also on the Motor Trendexternal link web site, but not as much info as I'd hoped to see there: http://www.motortrend.​com ...chevy_lincoln_toyot​a.htmlexternal link

Tuesday evening John pointed out "Mr. Ford", another local legend, & I'll put one of his cars up next.

I shot it at three different times in different settings, and yes, I forgot to turn the wheels on this one!
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This profile shot was a little too late & the mercury lights were coming on. This is more what it looked like when we finished!

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On "Branding": there might be someone in Bora Bora who wouldn't know what car these fins belong to?
"Mr. Ford's" Galaxy Sunliner is in the background. Coming soon...

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Nice old caddy...

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Nice I really like the light/reflections in #3 and 7, now maybe lower, skirts, and a shave;)

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Nice old caddy...

That's the understatement of the year, but thanks for the <bump>? :D

now maybe lower, skirts, and a shave?

Maybe not? ;)

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PhotosGuy wrote in post #6118154external link
That's the understatement of the year, but thanks for the <bump>? :D

It's the least I could do LOL

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I caught him in traffic last night, just before another car got in my way.
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That "is" a special car, and one I'd call a sleeper for sure. ;)
Thanks for sharing these images Frank.
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I love this car! What a beauty. Thanks for the nice shots!

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Thanks Bruce & Wally. I knew that you'd like it!

...and one I'd call a sleeper for sure.

In it's original condition, it would be an even better sleeper today! Who would expect 11 seconds from a huge hunk of iron like that? :D

Post #9, Aug 21, 2008 08:48:31


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wow, that's a special car.

Did you happen to hear how much the sale price was?

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No, I didn't ask & John didn't volunteer the info. Some things are beyond price? ;)

Post #11, Aug 22, 2008 07:47:55


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Post #13, Aug 22, 2008 20:10:36


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tomd wrote in post #6150889external link
wow, that's a special car.

Did you happen to hear how much the sale price was?

DamifIknow why he's selling it, but I heard that it's up for sale at $39,500. That seems like a low price for a legend?

Post #14, Jun 26, 2010 09:57:43


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cool old beast, thanks for the look

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