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" 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 Trend web site, but not as much info as I'd hoped to see there: http://www.motortrend.com ...chevy_lincoln_toyota.html
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!
This profile shot was a little too late & the mercury lights were coming on. This is more what it looked like when we finished!
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...