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Carfan Cadillac Coupe De Ville

CLASSIC CARS WITH CARFAN - THE CADILLAC COUPE DE VILLE

We are travelling over "the pond" for the subject of this month's issue - all the way to the USA in fact, as this is a Cadillac coupe de ville, and like a lot of American things, it is somewhat large. With an engine size of 389 cubic inches, which translates to 6.5 litres over here and a rather large body, driving this "yank tank" on narrow British roads takes a bit of practice and a lot of nerve.

Manufactured in 1961, this series 2 version needs a long and wide garage and came with a multitude of optional extras to make customisation very simple. Finding one in the UK isn't too simple though and if you do eventually find one, be prepared to fork out anywhere between £30,000 to £40,000. That might also involve a trip to Holland or even back to the country where it was made, as that is where the best ones seem to be found.

This is a rare car now, even though over 100,000 were manufactured, including 4 door and convertible versions. Taking pride of place for the last sixteen years in a collection of seven American cars, the coupe looks resplendent in its original chrome and a fetching paintwork in slate grey, having been changed from the red it left the factory in. It might be expected that spare parts need to be ordered from America, but no, somewhat surprisingly, depending on what is needed, they can often be sourced here in the UK.

Equally surprisingly is the owner's claim that he manages 25 miles per gallon on a cruise. With a reconditioned engine and some attention to the gearbox, this car attracts a lot of attention wherever it goes, so if it attracts yours, don't forget that cheery Carfan wave!

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