Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
thank you thank you very much

There’s been all sorts of interesting stuff on the auction block lately, but surely the car above has the Seventies lovers in the audience all shook up.

General Motors never made a regular-production Cadillac station wagon, but when you’re the King you can get anything you want. The guys at Daily Turismo suggest that ASC built it using the roof and windows from a 1970 Buick Estate Wagon and their photographic evidence is convincing.

The daddy-Caddy has sold for $29K and $34K at its last two auctions. Given that a new build of a Seventies Cadillac wagon would cost close to that, it has to be considered a bargain. The Elvis connection is basically free. To find out how these cars drive, feel free — no, feel encouraged! — to read my review of a similar car. Thank you very much.

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  • -Nate -Nate on Jun 28, 2013

    I don't know if Demolition Derbys are still popular but back in the 1980's GM Wagons and Caddies dominated them . Sad to think of it now but watching them bash the other cars to smithereens was impressive and always very entertaining . -Nate

    • Redmondjp Redmondjp on Jun 28, 2013

      Yes they did! The most sought-after demo cars are the 1973-76 5mph bumper cars. You drill a hole in the bumper shocks to drain out the fluid, then weld them solid, thus making a stock battering ram on each end. I ran a 1973 Pontiac wagon in a demo derby about 20 years ago (first and last time). I was then unaware of all of the tricks-of-the-trade back then (such as the bumper shock trick discussed above, or tubing all of the tires, or welding the differential spider gears to achieve a solid rear axle, etc) so it didn't do too well. From what I have been told by demo drivers, the 1975 Caprice/Impala 2-door is one of the best GM cars for this purpose, but they are getting much harder to find. Second best are the full-size Mopar cars with the leaf-springed rear end. Final secret demo derby trick revealed here: place cuts in the top of the frame just behind the rear axle such that it causes the rear end to bend upward when hit. On the Mopar cars, you would see the entire trunk bent upward so far that it blocked any visibility out the rear window, with the leaf springs still holding on!

  • Volt 230 Volt 230 on Jun 28, 2013

    If you can find an old Caddy ambulance or hearse, isn't that the same thing?

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    • -Nate -Nate on Jun 28, 2013

      @redmondjp Yes and no ~ Co$t is always an issue so many were converted from Fleetwood chassis . Many were designed and built as " Combination Rigs " for smaller Townships who'd use the Ambulance as a hearse too . As far as Chrysler wagons , they made them in different chassis , the Sattelites were smaller & sportier , my old '69 Chrysler wagon 8 passenger was a BEAST . For the economy minded , the Darts were also sold in wagon format , this was the "A' body Mopar (I think) . -Nate

  • Dgb100 Dgb100 on Jun 28, 2013

    Holly Moley, my grandpa had one of these (Buick evidently)! Same color, it was like riding in cargo ship for a 7 year old. Rode in the back with the dog and the back window rolled down. My other grandad had a 1973 Dodge Station Wagon, it was like an extended Charger. Not sure which one was bigger, but you were rollin' like the king in both of em.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 10, 2013

    There was a similar vintage Cadillac estate for sale on Ebay a couple of years ago - it was purportedly the vehicle which hauled around the Jackson 5 way back then. It did have a TV fitted by the conversion company, between the front seats.