I’m not a guy who gets to spend time at the ocean very often. I can only imagine my reaction if I were lazily floating around and spotted a big set of shark-fins in the distance.
This was just about the same reaction I had a couple weeks ago when Chad and I were going through a scrap yard in North Dakota.
First I saw him point, then I think I heard him say something like, “Over there, fins!” Looking out across a sea of vehicles lined up for the crusher, I saw them. The unmistakable fins of a late fifties Cadillac.
I quickly started working my way toward them.
And then, like beacons in the night, I saw what some would call the Dagmars. Those beautiful, circular-stainless pieces, topped with black, pointy-cones that define the front of many highly optioned cars of that time period. Naturally, most guys seem to be attracted to these, but that’s a whole different story.
This car is truly a thing of beauty. The pink has oxidized and faded to a kind of dull white, but most of the stainless-steel trim still glistens in the sunlight.
By every conceivable measure, this is a big girl. She’s 18-feet 9-inches long, 84-inches wide, and weighs 5,030 pounds as delivered. I also read where the 0-60 mph time was about 10.8 seconds, which is really good when you’re talking about moving an elephant. I even read in one place where the original base price was $5,040, or about $1 per pound.
It has four doors and surprisingly, a hard top. That means, when you roll all the windows down, you could probably drive a regular car through one side and out the other with no obstructions. It has some creature comforts like power windows, power seats, and even an automatic headlight dimmer on the dash.
Overall, this earns a rating of cool times ten in my book.
This was a great find for us at the scrap yard, as those guys are always looking for anything “big and heavy,” to throw in the crusher. I also knew that trying to buy it would be like taking a bone from a big dog’s mouth, but this is the inventory we needed and I was willing to fight a little for it. Deep down I was afraid of what I was going to have to pay for her.
After looking around at some other great cars, we were able to put a package-deal together and committed to buy five.
Thankfully, on this day, the package included this beautiful Pink Caddy.
We have it in the shop now and we’re starting to carefully take it apart. All three miles of trim will be sold by the piece and we’re debating whether to sell everything else by the pound.
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