Hi everybody, I just stumble over this topic while searching for info about my new old car, a 1950 Cadillac Club Coupe. Extremely rare here in Germany, possibly one of only a few in Europe.
I want to share my joy with you guys here, if you do not mind. Picked it up last Monday while I had purchased it nearly 3 years back. For various reasons, including no space and time, it only happened now that I was able to get it into my garage. The last owner bought it from the Dutch importer in 1992, so 26 years back already. It was driven rarely and put into dry storage at least 10 to 12 years ago. Unfortunately the garage was not as good to the car as it was supposed to be. There was rust from the cealing (built with bad quality screws) falling down on the three cars (this caddy, a Citroen 11CV and a benz) and it worked its way through the roof and run down the sides and hood etc. Fortunately no real rust throughs, but looks absolutely terrible. What a simple bed linen could have prevented. Right front fender had been removed many years back due to some welding on the passenger side of the kick and rocker panels. Therefore the right headlight and trim was removed (in very good condition in the trunk) resulting in this one eyed look of the car. Interior just like a time capsule. Dash beautiful, door panels like new, door sills the same. Unbelievably nice! So tastefully designed. Steering wheel deteriorated amazingly nice (I keep it that way, my brother would like to see it restored). Of course car did not start, starter was removed by my brother and me and tested but is not doing anything. Engine was turned by hand easily. Water pump started loosing cooling liquid immediately when we turned the engine but that looked good and clean. Engine bay has a lot of surface rust. Trunk has still original cloth. Chrom bumpers looked terrifying, covered with a blue greenish crust. Car was located just 20 miles away from the North Sea coast of Northwestern Germany, therefore the air is always a bit salty and my best guess was it is just salt and dust molten together over time. A good brave wash with steel wool and I couldn't believe how nice it looked afterwards. Could not part with the car untill 2 am in the morning!!!! Only 6400 built at the time. When I purchased it on 4th Jan 2016 the day was reasonably nice but on my 200 mile ride the weather turned from good to bad in just minutes and temperature dropped by 10 degrees. Started raining when I still had 50 miles to go. When the drops reached the ground they immediately formed ice and aside the highway I saw many cars already having little accidents and sitting aside. Crazy as I have been I continued my way and luckily reached the place safely. But when I tried to leave the car I just fall back into it. The ground was invisibly covered with a layer of ice. What an experience!!! Needless to say, to inspect a car at such low temperatures wasn't fun, but the seller was really a good guy and my gut feeling said 'take it'. And I somewhat had the feeling the car was talking to me..... get me out of here. I got home safely the day somehow, transferred the money the next day and became friends with the seller over the years. Unfortunately he died last December from lung cancer at just around 45. Life is just too short for some people. But I had the pleasure to meet his verey very nice parents and we got along very well.
So for my winter project is already taken off. Here some pictures of the car.
Sorry for the long read!!!