If you’ve always wanted to drive like Super Fly, now’s your big chance with this Cadillac decked out with the custom gear made famous in that 1972 “blaxploitation” film. Can you dig it?
The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Cadillac Eldorado transformed into a Del Caballero, a garish pimpmobile loaded with custom flourishes fit for the super-bad Super Fly movie dude Youngblood Priest, played by Ron O’Neal wearing a pair of enormous sideburns.
“How about this beauty,” the Tampa, Florida, dealer advertising the Caddy on ClassicCars.com says in a classic understatement.
Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but for most folks, the Del Caballero is just plain weird, though oddly emblematic of the period. I’m still unsure whether the custom Cadillac was created for the movie, then caught on, or if Del Caballeros existed before filming.
Whatever, the seller says it is “one of 22 George Barris Edition” models, so perhaps the King of Kustomizers was somehow hooked up with this Hollywood creation, as he often built unique craft for movies and TV.
Other than its obvious embellishments, the Cadillac is painted Emerald Green and propelled by an 8.2-liter engine rated at 400 horsepower, the seller says.
The “Super Fly” kit includes the huge, faux “headlights” meant to resemble early classics, many yards of shiny chrome, a thickly padded white vinyl roof with faux landeau bars and a spare tire laid smack in the middle of the trunk lid. The Cadillac would make quite an entrance, as Youngblood Priest did many times in this iconic film.
The interior is lushly appointed in white leather, as one might expect, though with an unexpectedly attractive wood-rimmed steering wheel.
The Cadillac has been driven just 34,000 miles, according to the seller, no doubt racked up during evenings of urban cruising, blasting Curtis Mayfield from the audio system (which should be an 8-track in keeping with the era).
This super-bad machine is priced at $36,000, and the next owner is pretty much guaranteed to have the only one on the block. A car-show appearance would require extra-wide bell bottoms, aviator shades, broad-brimmed hat and a cocky strut, so that everyone would exclaim, “He ain’t just fly, he’s Super Fly!”
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day