Barrett-Jackson 2016: 1951 Cadillac Custom Roadster

1951-cadillac-deville-custom-roadster-rearThis car caught my eye while I was walking around the tents at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale this past January. The window sticker revealed frustratingly few details about this cool custom roadster.

From what I could tell, this car began life as a 1951 Cadillac DeVille and was at some point turned into a chop-top roadster. The engine has been swapped out for a Chevrolet LS V8 power plant with a 4L60E automatic transmission. The interior has been redone in tan leather while the exterior has been resprayed a laser red metallic color.

1951-cadillac-deville-custom-roadster-interiorThere are several things about this car that indicate to me it was probably built by a custom hot rod shop and not by some guy working in his garage. For one thing, the firewall is shaved and smoothed, which requires a LOT of effort. Also, the engine bay was painted the same as the rest of the car, which the majority of DIY builders don’t do.

Unfortunately, there are no clues about which shop might have built this car. I would like to give them props on their fine body work, but alas I do not know whom to credit for this customized cruiser.

1951-cadillac-deville-custom-roadster-engineA quick search reveals that this same car sold at Barrett-Jackson 2014 for $75,900. It was sold again in 2016 (wearing a different set of wheels) for $44,000. If you know any details about this car, please let us know by posting a comment below!

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