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Pick of the day: 1949 Cadillac roadster


Good golly, Miss Molly! For the extrovert craving the biggest, baddest roadster in town, this custom Caddy should scratch that itch.

The Pick of the Day is a 1949 Cadillac that has been modified into a mighty example of unbridled excess. Shiny black and loaded with chrome, sporting a cut-down windshield and a uniquely designed tan-leather interior, this beast should not only turn heads but stop folks in their tracks.

, Pick of the day: 1949 Cadillac roadster, ClassicCars.com Journal
The roadster sits low over a set of wide whitewalls and ‘sombrero’ hubcaps

Strictly a sunny-day car, the roadster has no side windows or top, but who needs them when you have all this style? The Cadillac sits low and long over a set of wide whitewalls and the “original sombrero hubcaps,” according to the La Verne, California, dealer advertising the custom on ClassicCars.com.

“Car has been fully modified front to back and is powered by a Corvette LS1 motor, backed by a 700R automatic overdrive transmission,” the ad says. “Every piece of chrome has been restored, with a ton of body mods front to back.”

, Pick of the day: 1949 Cadillac roadster, ClassicCars.com Journal
The upholstery looks well-designed and fitted

Obviously, no expense was spared in the creation of this exuberant roadster, and while members of the classic Cadillac club might look askance, everyone else is going to step back and say, “Whoa!”

The interior look well-fitted, although I have some doubts about the decisions made here, such as moving the gauges from their usual location to the console, and modern electronic units at that. It would have been preferable to go vintage with the dashboard in keeping with the overall look.

, Pick of the day: 1949 Cadillac roadster, ClassicCars.com Journal
The gauge setup seems like an odd choice

But otherwise, the Caddy is cool as they come.

The roadster carries a price tag of $79,990 for what appears to be a professionally done and quite interesting showpiece cruiser that would be the hit of any custom car show or rockabilly weekend.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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