By on March 19, 2016

1951 Cadillac Fleetwood 75

If you’re fabulously wealthy and have a thing for musicals, get thyself to the UK right now.

Bonhams auction house will be selling a 1951 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine at the March 20 Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale, but this isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill Fleetwood 75 Limousine.

Oh, no. This Caddy was the presidential car for former First Lady of Argentina María Eva Duarte de Perón, also known as Evita (also known as the lady from that Madonna movie your girlfriend made you watch in the ’90s).

We don’t want to recite the plot of the world’s longest music video — memories could still be raw — but it’s important to know what you’re getting into when you pony up the 100,000 pounds needed for this Fleetwood ($144,710, according to an estimate by The Telegraph).

Evita (1919-1952) emerged from lower-class obscurity to become a celebrated actress, eventually marrying Argentine president Juan Perón and becoming a huge champion for women’s rights, the poor, and her not-squeaky-clean husband.

Evita

Summoning the voting power of the working class and the support of labor unions, Evita helped sweep Juan Perón into power in 1946, but the subsequent charity and outreach to the disadvantaged masked a power-hungry office that restricted liberties if it was convenient. Making your enemies political opponents and critics “go away” is a fine art that Perón excelled at.

Nothing lasts forever, as the saying goes, and Evita died of cervical cancer at the young age of 33 (but not before allegedly receiving a lobotomy requested by her husband). Her death removed the lid that had kept the growing opposition to her husband under control, and Juan Perón fled to Paraguay after being ousted by a civil and military uprising in 1955.

Holding power in South America has its dangers, but while the good times lasted, Ms. Perón and her husband no doubt enjoyed the effortless power of their car’s 331 cubic inch, overhead valve V8.

The lucky buyer of this famous Fleetwood will be able to wave to his or her adoring countrymen with ease, thanks to standard power windows, while the optional Hydramatic automatic transmission will make escaping from armed dissidents a smooth, shift-free affair.

Remember, nowadays Argentine leaders aren’t nearly as refined in public.

[Images: Cadillac, Press Bonhams; Evita, Buena Vista Pictures]

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31 Comments on “Don’t Cry For the Owner of This Famous Cadillac...”


  • avatar

    Whatever happened to big American cars with big engines that were pieces of rolling art?

    SRT and I are gonna Make America Great Again.

  • avatar

    “adoring countrymen”?

    Eva Peron’s 1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith limo is armored and has 1″ thick bulletproof glass. I guess not all of her countrymen and women were so adoring.

    Racing supplier and collector extraordinaire Wayne Lensing has it in his museum in Roscoe, Illinois. http://www.historicautoattractions.com/s/world_leaders.html
    I wrote about some of his other “world leader” cars here at TTAC. I wonder if he’ll bid on the Fleetwood. BTW, those old Fleetwoods were factory made limos, built in Detroit. My sister in law’s family has a ’53 Series 75 Fleetwood. Magnificent car.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      I don’t think there is a correlation between how adoring countrymen are, and the odds of assassination attempts.

      Reagan and Lincoln were popular.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        The fear of disappearing or the new term extraordinary rendition reduces the odds of assassination. Family are just as likely to disappear as opponents.

      • 0 avatar
        Fred

        Lincoln was not popular by most Southerners

        • 0 avatar
          RHD

          Patriotic Americans support their president. The traitors in the South were losers, and they lost.
          Nowadays, 150 years later, those who say “The south is gonna rise again!” do absolutely nothing to back up their words beside flying the traitor flag, drinking beer and getting another tattoo.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “The south is gonna rise again!”

            Isn’t that a Viagra commercial?

          • 0 avatar
            stuki

            Bootstompers will always stomp in lockstep with their “leader.”

            The less simpleminded realize “leader” and “president” are mere synonyms for someone to direct a revolution at.

        • 0 avatar
          Firestorm 500

          A lot of Northerners didn’t like Lincoln either.

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            I find Lincoln the most riveting individual in American history, a master of stealth genius.

            But, yeah, some Northerners took exception to Lincoln; he was perpetually caught between the vice jaws of radical abo’s and copperhead traitors, plus the occasional mob of Irish Democrats whipped into a burning, lynching frenzy over conscription for the Union army.

  • avatar
    Joss

    In the old country Franco had a couple of Rolls and American luxury following should there be a fail to start. His wife was a lavish spender/embezzlement woman kept on a tighter leash. Pop’s Caudillo died at home in bed of cancer and old age. No coup.

    Wonder how this crossed the pond?

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Sigh .

    Big and beautiful ! look at those curves .

    I logged a lots of miles in these Fisher bodied Limos during the early 1960’s ~ most had a divider glass and jump seats .

    Make mine a Coupe please .

    -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff S

      Nate–There was an article years ago about an old limo driver that had a 1956 Fleetwood 75 with over a million miles on it with the original engine and transmission. The limo driver changed the oil every week, washed the car daily, and did routine maintenance on it. the car still looked like new. The car was always running and very seldom sat still.

      Also I worked with an oil man in Houston over 30 years ago that always drove Cadillacs. When I worked with him he had a black 75 Cadillac Sedan Deville with over 200k miles that looked and ran like new. Most of the miles were highway miles and he maintained the vehicle meticulously. He told me he had a 56 Fleetwood years ago that had over 500k miles on it and he only did routine maintenance. He gave it to his wife and she drove it for years and finally wanted a new car. He said it was still running strong after he sold it.

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        Thanx Jeff ;

        In the 1970’s I saw an evening news story about a little old man who had a 1958 Caddy Limo , bought new and still earning it’s keep ~ the trunk key was attached to the trunk lid by a small chain , he never removed it .

        ’58 was (IIRC) the first year of quad headlights on old Caddies , no BIG Dagmars either .

        To – day I was in Lone Pine , Ca. (middle of NOWHERE) and was looking a a few old Caddies , a 1967 Fisher bodied Limo with divider and jump seats and a 1967 Fisher bodied Hearse he said had been in some cheesy horror movie .

        There were a couple more old Caddies but I spent a few hours swimming ’round in the sand underneath a 1975 Dodge D200 4X4 getting some badly needed parts and was too tired to look too closely at the various old cars and trucks scattered about .

        -Nate

        • 0 avatar
          JimInRadfordVA

          I know Lone Pine! Was there for a week in 1970. Sounds like it’s still as desolate as I remember it.

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            Yes Jim ;

            It’s pretty remote but unlike most of the area around Owens Lake , they have water and grass so there’s cattle and horses too .

            I know what it’s like o live in rural areas , not for me ever again I hope .

            Nice to visit though .

            -Nate

      • 0 avatar
        Maxb49

        Jeff S: Do you have a source for the article on the million mile Fleetwood? I don’t doubt it, but I would like to read more about it.

  • avatar
    agroal

    Patti Lupone’s earlier portrayal of Evita on Broadway beats Madonna’s in three ways: 1)She is a far more accomplished actress. 2)She is way more attractive. 3)She shaves her armpits.

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    “Holding power in South America has its dangers, but while the good times lasted, Ms. Perón and her husband no doubt enjoyed the effortless power of their car’s 331 cubic inch, overhead valve V8.”

    This cracked me the hell up.

  • avatar
    skor

    After WWII Evita became a mistress of Otto Skorzeny, Hitler’s chief of commandos. Skorzeny had managed to ‘escape’ US custody and ended up in South America with quite a few of his ex-Nazi buddies.

    “Holding power in South America has its dangers,…”
    Yup. When I was a kid, I was taught a handgun shooting drill called the ‘El Presidente’.

    BTW, cool looking Cadillac.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Here is the link to the 56 Caddy. I first read about this car in the Houston Chronicle in 1981.

    http://www.upi.com/Archives/1981/05/15/1956-Caddy-approaching-1-million-mile-mark/5380358747200/


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