Read Richard Dormois' interesting article about 'Modified' Cadillacs (click image to read full size PDF) . If you're thinking of taking a modified car to a Grand National, this is how your car is supposed to be judged. Modifying Cadillacs and LaSalles has a been a long and contentious debate... The CLC was created to protect and preserve the originality of Cadillac and LaSalle cars. But more people today, especially younger folks and those who want a comfortable and safe motoring experience, like to modify their cars. The cars included below are owned by PSCLC and former PSCLC members who have modified their cars for both comfort/safety and for design individuality. It’s your car, and you get to do with it what you like… and now the CLC is making a serious effort to draw modified Cadillacs into the fold. Enjoy the 2017 Grand National, whatever your car looks like!
We understand the judging will be by four categories of modifications. Can you find examples of each?
"HOTRODS are any 1940 and earlier bodied cars constructed with an emphasis on improving speed, handling and appearance. If the car body is not a Cadillac or La Salle, the car's engine must be a Cadillac or LaSalle."
"RESTOMODS are any Cadillac or LaSalle constructed in 1960 and years before which have been modified to incorporate a modern chassis, driver/passenger convenience items e.g power steering, air conditioning, power windows, etc., and/or improved sound systems. These cars may be powered by any engine. The exterior appearance will be the same as a factory produced car of the same year and model. There will be no chopping, channeling, sectioning, or other modifications that would alter the stock appearance."
"MILD CUSTOMS are any Cadillac or LaSalle with minor changes to the body, interior or changes to upgrade performance or (appearance to the stock engine) installation of air conditioning and sound systems are allowed, along with changes to the exhaust system, brakes, wheels and tires."
"RADICAL CUSTOMS are any Cadillacs or LaSalles that have had major body changes, chopped, channeled, bumpers removed and/or major changes to the interior, engine and suspension changes."
My wife and I drove up to Marietta yesterday to look at and drive the 1942 Cadillac series 63 and it is quite a car. Although I did not purchase it, some of your guys from the club should really take a look at it. A very low mileage and unmolested original that needs to go to somebody in the CLC. While there, we saw Rob's '41 convertible in storage and that is always a treat to see.
I have to tell you that after driving this car in the terrible heat and heavy weekday traffic around Cobb Parkway and Lower Roswell Road and the 120 Loop, I have abandoned my dream of owning a pre-war Cadillac for the purpose of driving it 1000 miles to and from the Glidden Tour. I do not own a trailer and it would just be too tough without air. I think I need to be realistic and stick with something more modern. Our parents survived the heat, but maybe we are all too spoiled today.
Hope to see you again in the future.
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This Cadillac can be inspected and test driven at:
“Affordable Classic, Vintage, Exotic, Vehicle Storage and Consignment Sales.”
2146 Roswell Road, Ste 108-856
Marietta, GA 30062
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