HOW ONE PROJECT TURNED INTO ANOTHER, AND BACK TO THE OTHER
Mike Guptar's '84 Cadillac Coupe De Ville
When Brooklyn native Mike Guptar began working on his project car, a '59 Impala, he entered with enthusiasm. Hours later he’d quickly abandon the project. You see, it didn’t take long for him to realize that it was going to need a whole hell of a lot of work. Knowing just how long it was going to take, he couldn’t bear the thought of having nothing to cruise for that length of time, so he left it to sit and instead purchased a former club member’s '84 Cadillac De Ville.
In much better condition than the '59 it still needed plenty of work, so he began by purchasing a '90 Cadillac to be used as a parts car. From it, he’d strip the front clip, rear bumper, and just
about everything compatible. “I transplanted everything I could from the '90 into the '84, including the interior to get that updated look.” The car then went to S&R Autobody where they doused the body in metallic blue. A year later, the car still wasn’t complete but his desire to cruise got the best of him so he began cruising the car as-is.
During that time he saw a photo of a Cadillac with power quarter windows and he was taken aback. He also knew he could do the same but take it a step further by making the back window roll down as well. Wasting no time, he got to work and after a few more cruises he was ready to finish off everything else on the list. He started by having Marvin Shivnarain lay out roof patterns in candy blues and greens while also adding some light blue and gold ’striping on the body. Mike then dropped in a two-pump setup while Arian Ali installed the beat.
Not one to be rushed, Mike now has a superclean Caddy that he’s proud of and plans on jumping back on the '59 rag. It’ll only be a matter of time before he’s done, but if it turns out anything like his Caddy it’s sure to become the follow-up that everyone will be talking about for years to come.
Absolutely Devilled in New York.