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Fire damages paint but not structure of Cadillac Ranch vehicle


Texas Panhandle news sources are reporting that an arson fire this past weekend burned years of paint off one of the cars at Cadillac Ranch.

Sheriff’s deputies received a call about the fire at 2:15 a.m. and it was extinguished 20 minutes later, NBC News in Amarillo reported. 

The Cadillac after the fire was extinguished | Cadillac Ranch Facebook photo

The Cadillac Ranch Facebook page reported that while the paint was burned, the car’s metal structure remained intact.

“When all is said and done,” the Facebook post said, “the Cadillac Ranch still stands as a testament to time, beauty, art and history — despite the callous attempt to erase it. Much like their West Texas home, these Cadillacs are iconic for their strength — through adversity, drought, wind, and fire, they remain standing through the decades.”

The ranch is on private property but is open day and night without charge to the public. Many of the tourists who visit bring spray-paint cans in what is an ever-changing work of public art.

The Potter County Sheriff’s office is investigating the source of the fire.

The same car was damaged several years ago when someone removed the roof section of the vehicle. Cadillac Ranch supporters repaired the car after that act of vandalism.

The Cadillac as it looked during our recent visit | Larry Edsall photo

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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