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If you could choose any car, what would you pick? How about a 1973 Eldorado Cadillac? When it comes to living in Peru, Cadillac’s are pretty rare, in fact non-existent so this Scotsman decided to import one.
Owen Miller moved to South America 22 years ago looking for work. He spent 4 years in Chile before moving to Peru and since then has owned a ’65 Mustang and a couple of big GM cars before being told that what he really needed was a Cadillac.
Where did this 1973 Eldorado come from?
Peru doesn’t have any Cadillac’s, it’s not a car you can find there and so Miller contacted a friend in California who began the hunt for the best one he could find. A year later, his friend found this 1973 Eldorado which was in the best condition his money could buy at the time. Sure, the car needed a little work doing to it, like all cars, but the main functionality of it was still working. So Miller and his friend fixed the roof, sorted out the electrics, replaced the suspension and tweaked the steering but the main difficulty was that this all had to be done in America – Peru just can’t handle a Cadillac.
How has it been received in Peru?
The Peruvian culture is less interested in the classic cars and because a lot of muscle cars used to be manufactured there, there’s a lingering culture of Peruvian-made pony cars.
The 1973 Eldorado isn’t flashy, but it is appreciated. Realistically, if Miller wanted to show off how much money he had, surely he’d invest in a new Porsche. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what anyone else is driving because when Miller stops at the traffic lights, people look at him.
It’s quite a special car and the main thing that miller enjoys is how it brightens other people’s days.
Keeping the car running
This 1973 Eldorado was imported from the USA to Peru, and because of that, it’s impossible to find the right parts. There just aren’t any around. The real difficulty however is when it comes to importing the right parts, Peruvian customs don’t allow used auto parts into the country and as you can probably guess, Cadillac parts are impossible to get brand new so the alternative is to pay big money for custom made parts.
What’s the appeal?
Miller’s always been a fan of the 60s and 70s eras – less interested in the 50s – and likes the luxury element that is iconic for the retro Cadillac. Of course when you’re buying a muscle car you can get the added extras that aren’t stock, but when it comes down to it, luxury is what does it.