Eye Candy: 1959 Cadillac
I've entered it in car shows and I have a number of plaques. It was accepted for showing in the recent Cobble Beach Concourse d'Elegance.
The Car: 1959 Cadillac
The Owner: Boris Spremo, Toronto
The Story: I was on assignment up on Parliament Street in 1994 (Spremo is a retired Toronto Star photographer). A guy owned a restaurant and this Caddy was parked outside. I looked at it and said, “Holy smoke!” I came to Canada in 1957, and the ’59 Cadillac came out and I couldn’t believe the size. I was a kid from Europe, remember. I never saw a car like that and I said, “Maybe, in my dreams, one day, I’ll have one.”
So I walk inside the restaurant and I say, “Who owns the car” and the guy says, “I do? and I say “Is it for sale” and he says “It is if you have money.” So I asked how much and he told me and he wouldn’t take one penny down. All or nothing. So now I have to argue with my wife. To me, it is a pride and joy; to her, it’s a car.
I had a ’55 Mercury and, when I bought it, it looked like a wreck. So I fixed it up and had it for 14 years. So I sold that and bought the Cadillac.
When I bought the Caddy, we had a double garage but there was a problem: the car is 19-1/2 feet long and the garage was 18 feet. Without telling my wife, I took a sledgehammer and I knocked a four-foot-by-eight-foot opening in the back of the garage. I had to buy a steel beam so it wouldn’t collapse. I built a little shed out the back of the garage so when I put the Caddy in, the engine goes out the back in that little shed. My wife saw me doing that and she almost fainted.
I bought the car for $18,000. Since then, I’ve entered it in car shows and I have a number of plaques. It was accepted for showing in the recent Cobble Beach Concourse d’Elegance.
I?ve rented it out for TV commercials and movies. One was a Disney production for Christmas, Mom?s Got A Date With A Vampire. I?ve made back the purchase price of that car many times over.
I would never sell that car. I make a joke: I say, “Bury me in that thing.”
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