CADIL­LAC COUPE DE VILLE

Classic Sports Car - - Letters - Wayne Han­son

Not all clas­sics tested their met­tle on the strip, and one that cer­tainly had noth­ing to prove was Wayne Han­son’s stun­ning blush-pink Cadil­lac Coupe de Ville – the lat­est in a line of seven Cad­dies owned by the en­thu­si­ast. “I’m a bit of a Cadil­lac man,” he jokes. “But this is what I’ve been after for a long while – it’s got the right colour scheme, two doors, a hard­top – it’s just want I wanted. It’s fin­ished in Moun­tain Lau­rel and is all-orig­i­nal apart from one re­paint, which was done re­cently in the States.

“Elvis had one cus­tom painted in 1955, and the fac­tory, lik­ing the idea of a pink Caddy, brought out this ver­sion in ’56. It’s a very sub­tle pink – not like the later cars. It’s got all power op­tions: power seats, power steer­ing, elec­tric win­dows, plus the Autronic Eye – a sys­tem for au­to­mat­i­cally dip­ping the head­lamps when there’s on­com­ing traf­fic.”

After find­ing a car in his ideal spec­i­fi­ca­tion, there isn’t much Han­son wants to do to his Caddy. “But there is a tear in one of the seats,” he says. “I just came back from a visit to SMS Auto Fab­rics in Ore­gon and bought a roll of the fab­ric, so I’m go­ing to change that small sec­tion. It’ll look orig­i­nal again. Even­tu­ally, I may get the car re­sprayed – it’s got a few is­sues here and there, and I’d like it to be pris­tine.”

“It was fin­ished in satin black and no-one paid a bit of at­ten­tion to it, so I thought I would re­turn it to its orig­i­nal liv­ery”

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