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I bought a 1961 Cadillac Eldorado GM factory custom off craigslist

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Nads, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,777


    WHoah! You really are a pimp now! That thing rules! Right place at the right time man, congrats!
  2. Hey Nads... "What a find"! I agree with Moriarity but that shouldn't stop you from driving it until you can swing the full resto.
  3. Maybe it's just the lack of taillight and lack of the trim on top that gives an illusion, then. They don't look to be a lot bigger, a couple inches maybe. I used to have a set lopped off a '61 here someplace, if I run across them I'll measure one.

    That is a nice find in any case, sure beats the stuff I keep finding.
  4. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,613

    from Hypocrisy

    Funny thing is, I was the only one who went to see the car, go figure.
  5. JayD
    Joined: Aug 29, 2005
    Posts: 544


    The article that you linked to, said that the car originally sat on wire. When you gonna sell the farm and buy some of those?

    Great find congrats! Most of these stories are urban legends.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  6. Nappy
    Joined: Jul 6, 2001
    Posts: 797

    from York, PA

    What a great find. Congrats!
  7. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 845


    What an amazing find! Congratulations! So does this mean you're not looking for a flattop '61 anymore?:D

    I'm really struck by the difference in the front end design. Guess it's just an optical illusion but it looks like it has more front overhang than the typical '61. While the front fenders appear to be stock the raised-center hood and the grill design seem to be predictive of the '63-'64 design, and the added visual bulk of these pieces might contribute to the illusion of more front overhang.

    I agree that the lack of the stainless trim around the fins might be making them look larger or taller.

  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,636


    it's not THAT hard...just do a "print screen" open a photo editing program and paste as a new image, crop and there you go.

    Attached Files:

  9. Interesting!

    Kinda done on the same scheme of things as the Pontiac X-400's of the early to mid 60's.

    Nice find.
  10. Nads,
    I should be doing something else, but I keep going back over your pics, the more you look at it the better it looks.

    You have got to cruise by here and pick me up on your way to Vegas, we have got to get our picture took with that car in front of Cesare's Palace or Velagio or something.

    They'll think that we are made men.
  11. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,605

    from Tampa, FL

    That is just SOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool. Restore it!!!!! Gary
  12. Very cool car!
    While looking for info on the car I ran across a couple of Google results that show that the previous owner knew what the car was, a one of two built by GM and sold to Walter Hagen and Bing Crosby. He appeared to be asking much more for the car than "what a used Honda would sell for". Even at that price the car was undervalued, given the rarity and history.
    Do you have any idea what the letters EHKMS on the data tag mean?

  13. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,822

    from SW Wyoming

    Nice score Nads, I'm seven shades of jealous. Those leather buckets and rear seat look great. I'm gonna go stare at my car now for a couple hours.
  14. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,010


    My very well have belonged to Walter Hagen as he lived in Traverse City. I believe that he passed away there as well. He used to hold office hours at a bar called little Bo's. The place is still there. This would have been something that he would have driven. Like many of the sports celebrities of the 20's and 30's, He lived life large. I take it from the pics that the car is no longer in Michigan.
  15. very cool!somehow i feel like it found you not the other way around!
  16. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,091


    Checked it out... just as I suspected, with the top up it's nowhere near as striking as when the parade boot is on.
  17. 65Riviera
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 264


    Wow, thanx you made my Monday!!!
  18. The Continental
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 363

    The Continental
    from Texas

    Incredible find! I'd love to have it.
  19. CoryN
    Joined: May 1, 2011
    Posts: 5


    Very Nice. Is the other one that was made accounted for?
  20. Yes, I was thinking the same thing.
    Truly a unique experience, that 'whoa" is this really what I think it feeling has got to be a rush
  21. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,962


    Very sharp caddy. I worked in Detroit in the early 80's (Ryan & 6 area) and every once in a while I would see a early 60's Caddy with faded paint drive by that had the fins shaved off, very unique and strange car.
  22. Apenaut
    Joined: Jul 4, 2012
    Posts: 97


    Normally I'd say keep it and have fun with it. But you might have to Barrett-Jackson this one. There's no telling what the right person might pay for this car. Use the cash to buy six cars!
  23. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,756

    from vail az

    I still cant get over you passed up a used honda for that.
    NOT REALLY!!!!!!!!
    That truly is the score of a lifetime. Get some Spanish Wraparound sunglasses and with the top down, you'll be the coolest dude on the whole road, even if its I-40.
  24. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    Great buy! Let's see pictures of the balls!

    You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
    Walter Hagen

    Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard.
    Walter Hagen

    My dear, did you ever stop to think what a wonderful bunker you would make?
    Walter Hagen

    It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art.
    Walter Hagen

    There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.
    Walter Hagen

    No one remembers who came in second.
    Walter Hagen
  25. A32Flathead
    Joined: Feb 16, 2004
    Posts: 9,498


    Congratulation's Nadeem, looks great!
    Joined: Jan 2, 2003
    Posts: 3,761

    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

  27. Flat black, red wheels, spider webs, skulls. Done.
  28. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    A wonderful find.
  29. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,227


    I'm sure that you're already on top of this, but make sure you're insured for all of that one-off, irreplaceable trim and body work before you take it on the road.
  30. NOAH324
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 161


    Nice score Nadeem - those tailfins are tits.

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