This 1000hp Cadillac is probably the best-looking thing you'll see today
The astounding vehicle you see here started out in life as a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham and it was late modified by Pininfarina, and it shows. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this the best-looking car I've seen in a while and possibly the most fascinating Cadillac ever made. And it could be yours.
The car was built under commission for Stephen Barton around 15 years ago and only 99 units were built. They called it the CadMad, which is an appropriate name, in my opinion. Pininfarina began by altering the proportions and size, the CadMad is eighteen inches shorter and four inches narrower than the original vehicle. Pininfarina also ditched the rear doors and gave it a new bodywork which basically makes it look like a combination of a hearse and a shooting brake, but I think it works.
The roof comes from a Chevrolet Nomad. The wheels are made by EVOD Industries and feature 18-inch radials. The body, which required around 4,000 of work, features a two-tone finish with Fawntana Rose and Titanium Silver. The interior has also been modified and inside you'll find plush leather seats, also in pink, with spectacular four-tone wood veneer to match.
Under the pink body you'll find a ginormous 632 cubic-inch (10.35-litre!) big-block Chevrolet V8 built by Nelson Racing Engines and coupled with an automatic gearbox, attached to a 4L60E C5 Corvette transaxle. Lovely. In plain English, this means the CadMad now produces 1,025 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque.
Pretty much everything in the CadMad is bespoke and/or especially modified, starting with the space frame chassis and the handcrafted suspension with coilover dampers. The brakes are also custom-made, with Baer 6-piston brake calipers and 14-inch vented discs.
I'm so in love with this car that I spent hours looking for a diecast model. Unfortunately I couldn't find one and I'm thinking I might settle for a "standard" ElDorado Biarritz in pink, which is the next best thing. It's weird, right? I mean, you wouldn't dream of owning a car in pink but somehow, if it's a Cadillac, it kinda works.
Sadly, Stephen Barton passed away in 2018 and the car was inherited by his brother Craig. It is now going up for auction, with no reserve, with Barrett-Jackson. This is a unique car, most car collectors look for original and factory and this is obviously neither but that's not the point. It is beautiful, you can park this in any car show and car park in the world and it's guaranteed to steal everyone's attention, no matter what other cars might be parked near it.