1955 Cadillac Elegant Special

During the 1950s, artists Harry Birdsall and Joe Mascari designed a one-off special to be built atop a stock 1953 Cadillac Series 62 convertible. The body was built by Carrozzeria Rocco Motto of Turin Italy which took more than 2 years to complete. As the name implies, this vehicle is elegant. The car features 23 karat gold, a mother of pearl white exterior, red wine Italian leather interior, dual headlights, tailfins, and two-piece folding convertible hardtop. The car was completely hand-built out of aluminum.

The car made its debut at the International Auto Show at the Cross Country Center in Yonkers in April of 1955. This car has remained in the Birdsall family since new and has recently been treated to a restoration by Harry Birdsall's two sons, Dick and Bob.


by Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2018

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1955 Cadillac Elegant Special vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Motto

In the early 1950's, when the streamlined shapes of jet airplanes first became part of the public's consciousness, two friends decided to conceive & build a unique American sports car. Harry Birdsall, a commercial artist & Joe Mascari, a New York con....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe by Motto
 


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