Classic Car Marketing, Inc. Southern California’s premier marketing company is pleased to introduce this new listing offered for sale by one of our clients.
The design of the 1959 Cadillac with its rocket tail fins and jet pod tail lights was considered the most radical, innovative, futuristic, and certainly cutting edge Cadillac of its time. Fast forward to today and…. well, some things never change.
“WILDCAD” was intended to be a radical custom car that would push the boundaries of what a “custom car” could be. The aim was to build a traditional looking custom while incorporating the engineering and performance of a modern street machine. The theme of the car was influenced by the space ship themed winged cars of the era and the owners favorite TV show “The Jetsons” The interior in particular, needed to compliment this theme to make the car look and feel ‘out of this world’. And it certainly succeeded beyond this owners wildest dreams. After 6 years and countless hours invested in the design, fabrication and build details, let us introduce you to what is considered to be the finest custom Cadillac ever built: “WILDCAD”
Chassis: Starting with a 59’ Cadillac coupe, a mono-construction chassis was designed and constructed to achieve the stance, performance and custom metal interior envisioned for the car. The chassis consists of Jaguar front suspension, 4-linked 9 inch Ford diff, Air-Ride Technologies and 4 wheel Wilwood braking system. The chassis was grafted into the body and custom swaged floor pans and new extended sills were installed. The chassis was designed so the brake lines, fuel line and all wiring is contained inside the car and is not visible. No item of the driveline sits below the level of the bottom of the chassis rail, allowing WILDCAD to sit on its belly. Exhaust runs through the center tunnel and exits through the center of the rear bar.
Engine: The engine & driveline is a rebuilt 454 big block Chevy (.030 over) mated to a TH400 transmission. A custom engine cover was fabricated in metal to compliment the new custom metal fabricated firewall, inner guards and front apron panel. A new custom aluminum radiator was fitted and the engine is fully dressed with polished finned rocker covers and serpentine pulley kit. The custom tail shaft was flamed and coupled to a Ford 9 inch diff fitted with 3.11 gears, custom 4 link kit.
Body Mods: 5 inch roof chop with one off custom glass front and rear made from hand fabricated steel frames and fiberglass molds. Suicide doors with remote. Shortened trunk and lengthened hood to the front window with the front opening shortened and radiused then reverse swung. Front grille is a modified 55 Desoto with 55 Caddy dagmars fitted into a modified 59 Caddy lower bar. Rear tail lights are 60 T-Bird grafted into the original rear bar extended to house the rear exhaust exit.
Interior: The interior concept was drawn up and designed before being fabricated and sculpted entirely out of bare metal with white hand stitched leather seating for comfort. A 59 Chevy dash instrument cluster houses Classic Instruments gauges and is set off by a polished Billet Specialties steering column, steering wheel, B&M shifter and aluminum Lokar pedals. The passenger side of the Chevy dash was used in the rear parcel tray. A 59 Cadillac tailfin was used as the center console, housing the computerized touch control Air Ride, and was molded into the transmission tunnel. A metal headliner was made from a second 59 Cadillac turret, with fully enclosed sculpted metal pillars and door skins.
Gene Winfield’s signature adorns the tailfin that also provides interior lighting via the bullet purple lights. The rear parcel tray features a “Koolsville” third brake light, polished aluminum strips, a Cadillac crest and V-badge and purple and white pinstriping. The metalwork was covered in PPG silver with purple faded highlights. To complete the look and feel of this magnificent custom the trunk is finished off in polished stainless throughout.
Paint: The builder flew Gene Winfield to Australia to apply one of his trademark “fade-away” paint jobs on WILDCAD using PPG Vibrance paint. Low-line ghost flames were applied using pearl whites, all topped off with a fine metal flake clear. The undercarriage, engine bay, and running gear have been finished to show quality.
Special Accolades: George Barris “Kustome D’Elegance” GNRS, 2011, “King of Kustoms” Sacramento Autorama, 2011. “Top Custom of 2010” Sydney Motorex (Australia’s largest car show). “D’Elegance Award” Showcase of Kustoms, 2010, and “GM Design Award” SEMA, 2010. WILDCAD was built in Sydney, Australia and is certainly the One and Only Best of the Best and a must have for the custom enthusiast. Appraised at over $700,000. Call for pricing. For more information please visit our website at www.classiccarmarketing.net or call us at 619-972-7073. Inspections are encouraged before any purchase, of any vehicle, anywhere.