When it comes to taking on a new custom car project there can sometimes be a lot of self-doubt. Especially when you realize that you’re using up all your time and money but the list of things to do is never-ending. But when you finally start getting somewhere and the end result is in sight, you know all the blood, sweat and tears has totally been worth it. So you can imagine the amount of work that needed to be done when this 1964 Cadillac de Ville had been stored for 10 years.
Some history on the 1964 Cadillac de Ville
Are you a de Ville fan? If you are then you’ll know that the de Ville series was in production for more than 45 years and the car featured here is second generation. This Series 62 de Ville is the 7th generation and features not only a new style but was re-engineered for the ’61 model. The 1964 model only received a minor facelift and was primarily the same as the previous model. The main difference was the new bi-angular grille but under the hood there were some more drastic changes with a larger V8 engine.
Only 17,900 of this model were ever produced in 1964 and to buy it new you would have paid $5,612 – the equivalent to $42,960 in today’s money. Under the hood is a GM V8 7.2 liter engine displacing 420 cubic inches. The car also features turbo-hydramatic transmission, electric windows and a convertible roof.
Additional features include air conditioning, 6-position steering wheel and a 26 gallon fuel tank that does approximately 10-15 miles per gallon. When released, its top speed would have been 125 mph.
This particular car has had 5 owners so far. The 4th was a man in Jacksonville who had the car for 15 years and spent 10 years off road before he finally restored it.
The history of this car
The fifth owner bought the car in March 2011 and shipped it across the Atlantic to its new home in the UK. When it reached British soil, the car had done about 86,000 miles – a realistic number considering it had been out of use for 10 years.
The recent work on the car has included thoroughly cleaning both the paintwork and the interior, replacing the brake servo, replacing the master cylinder, some electrical work and fixing an oil leak.
After all that hard work, this car is a real beauty and definitely stands out from the crowd. It’s definitely not finished as there’s always something to work on, but what are your thoughts?