Born & Bred For This
THERE ARE A TON OF PLUGS, BUT ONLY A FEW CONNECT
Mike Lopez's '83 Cadillac Coupe De Ville
“Born into this.”
It’s a statement that’s thrown around often, but only few can say with credibility. But when your parents met on the boulevard back in 1976—where your dad used to lay low in a Glasshouse and your mom followed suit in a juiced '65 SS—it’s not only a match made in heaven, but proof that you truly were “born into this.” That’s exactly the case for Mike Lopez, aka “Cadillac Mike.”
As a child he used to flip through the pages of Lowrider magazine for inspiration. Page after page, he’d take mental notes but soon realized he had a particular fascination with the cars in Lifestyle Car Club. By the time he was 16, he processed all that information and built a bike that he debuted as “Casino Dreaming.” The bike was an instant hit and with no form of competition to deter his winning streak, he not only became a four-time, consecutive “Lowrider Bike of the Year” champion, but the reason the rules were changed to limit the number of times any one particular bike could win the title; quite the achievement.
Mike went onto build a few more bikes, but soon he yearned for more. In his early twenties he picked up a '94 Cadillac Fleetwood. His original intention was to build a full-on lowrider but searching for N.O.S. parts made him realize just how scarce parts were. “This was during the import days when
everything was going to Japan. The Japanese were buying sea containers full of N.O.S. Cadillac parts and no one was reproducing them,” Mike explains. Knowing this, he took it upon himself to buy anything and everything Cadillac related.
“It became an addiction,” he says. Yet little did he know that his addiction would develop into the successful business we now know as Cadillac Connect.
In the process of collecting parts, Mike has also amassed quite the collection of Cadillacs and today we’re highlighting just one of them: his '83 Coupe De Ville. The build began at Cadillac Connect where they shaved a host of body parts, added a ’90s kit, a moonroof, and some fresh chrome. Phillips Finelines was called in to come up with a one-of-a-kind paint scheme and after mixing several House of Kolor candies, Phillips
created a custom peach color with the additions of patterns in magenta, blue, orange, and different pearls. The final touches come by way of some gold leafing and pinstriping, while Homies Hydraulics dropped in the two-pump setup and California Upholstery stitched together a custom interior.
With plans of dropping an LS motor into the engine bay, it’s just a matter of time before it’s finally complete. Then again, this De Ville is proof that if you do what you love, and you do it well, there’s nowhere to go but up.
Mike would like to thank his wife and kids for their family support.
Notorious luxury with a d'Elegance custom paintjob.