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WHAT DO I DRIVE?

Over a 40 year period, I have collected and driven many cars from many lands, (including sportcars, limousines, mini-vans, and even hearses) but the car I have had the longest and still drive regularly is a 1960 Cadillac Sedan de Ville.

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Over a 40 year period, I have collected and driven many cars from many lands, (including sportcars, limousines, mini-vans, and even hearses) but the car I have had the longest and still drive regularly is a 1960 Cadillac Sedan de Ville.

Arguably, 1960 is the most elegant Caddie style ever built, sporting the trademark fins but without the over-the-top bullet lights of 1959.

The car still floats along like a sofa on wheels, with enough power to comfortably pace any kid in a Honda with silly mufflers. Four people can sit comfortably side by side in the back seat, and I have transported a filing cabinet in the trunk. I believe it spent its youth in California and is mostly original (except the original paint was white).

The Caddie moves like a tank through snow that frustrates many modern 4WD cars, and turns more sharply than cars half its size.

I paid $5,000 for the car about 20 years ago, and it never ceases to thrill me when some fellow in a fancy modern car that probably cost $100,000 or more gives me an enthusiastic thumbs up as he gazes in admiration.

The only problem is finding a mechanic who still knows how to fix a carburetor, let alone what it is.

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