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Miscellaneous Cadillac Stuff


Cadillacs of the Rich and Famous
(stars, presidents, kings ...and a few crooks too)

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(le résumé en français se trouve en bas de page)



Ladd, Alan
[star of the screen]

1930 custom Cadillac V16 sport phaeton

Here we see the popular film-star with the westernized V16 he used in the movie, The Carpetbaggers.  The car spent many years in a museum before being purchased and restored ...on two successive occasions (currently it is red)


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This white-on-white 1959 Eldorado Biarritz is one of the star's laetr acquisitions;
I was tempted to buy it when it came up for sale in Cars&Parts in the early 60s at a VERY affordable price (at THAT time);
instead, I settled for a two-for-one deal: the 1960 edition of this car, and a low-mileage 1959 Coupe de Ville




Laine, Frankie
[singer, song-writer, actor]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

Frankie Laine ( 1913- 2007), born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, was a successful American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spanned 75 years, from his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance company to his final performance of "That's My Desire" in 2005. Often billed as America's Number One Song Stylist, his other nicknames include Mr. Rhythm, Old Leather Lungs, and Mr. Steel Tonsils. His hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Mule Train", "Cry of the Wild Goose" "Jezebel", "High Noon", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Moonlight Gambler," "Love Is a Golden Ring," "Rawhide", and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain."

He sang well-known theme songs for many movie Western soundtracks, including 3:10 To Yuma, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and Blazing Saddles, although he was not a country & western singer. Laine sang an eclectic variety of song styles and genres, stretching from big band crooning to pop, western-themed songs, gospel, rock, folk, jazz, and blues. He did not sing the soundtrack song for High Noon, which was sung by Tex Ritter, but his own version (with somewhat altered lyrics, omitting the name of the antagonist, Frank Miller) was the one that became a bigger hit, nor did he sing the theme to another show he is commonly associated with—Champion the Wonder Horse (sung by Mike Stewart)—but released his own, subsequently more popular, version.

Laine's enduring popularity was illustrated in June 2011, when a TV-advertised compilation called Hits reached No. 16 on the British chart. The accomplishment was achieved nearly 60 years after his debut on the UK chart, 64 years after his first major U.S. hit and four years after his death.

[Source: Wikipedia]



Thanks to CLC member, Ralph Messina, for identifying the driver




Lanza, Mario
[operatic singer and screen star]

1950 Cadillac Series 62 coupe

Enthusiast Joe Foerster wrote: Mario Lanza was an operatic singer in the 50's. He made a fairly famous  movie called The Great Caruso. He was murdered by, well, no one knows, but   people suspect mobsters. I didn't know he owned Cadillacs, but as a   successful star and signer, he would have had a fine ride.


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Landis Carol
[screen star of the 30s and 40s]

1941 Series 62 Convertible

Landis dropped out of high school at age 15 and set forth on a career path to show business. She started out as a hula dancer in a San Francisco nightclub and later sang with a dance band. She dyed her hair blonde and changed her name to "Carole Landis" after her favorite actress, Carole Lombard. After saving $100 she moved to Hollywood. Her 1937 film debut was as an extra in A Star Is Born; she also appeared in various horse operas. She posed for hundreds of cheesecake photographs. She continued appearing in bit parts until 1940 when Hal Roach cast her as a cave girl in One Million B.C.. The movie was a sensation and turned Carole into a star. A press agent nicknamed her "The Ping Girl" (because "she makes you purr").

Landis appeared in a string of successful films in the early forties, usually as the second female lead. In a time when the singing of many actresses was dubbed in, Landis's own voice was considered good enough and was used in her few musical roles. Landis landed a contract with 20th Century Fox and began a sexual relationship with Darryl F. Zanuck. She had roles playing opposite fellow pin-up girl Betty Grable in Moon Over Miami and I Wake Up Screaming, both in 1941. When Carole ended her relationship with Zanuck, her career suffered and she was assigned roles in B-movies.



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Putting the top down (or up?)  with unknown brunette girlfriend
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Laplante, Laura
[star of the silent movies]

1927 La Salle roadster

During the 1920s Miss Laplante appeared in more than sixty films. Among her early film appearances were Big Town Round-Up (1921), with cowboy star Tom Mix, and the serial movies, Perils of the Yukon (1922) and Around the World in 80 Days (1923).


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Le Fever, Ric
[French pop star]

The car we see here does not belong to the French singer but to the late "Nudie", the colorful owner of  a Hollywood fashion house that caters to the Hollywood set.  It is a westernized Eldorado convertible model of circa 1975, that sports a pair of long horns on the front grille




Leopold, King of Belgium
[Father of King Baudouin]

1953-54 custom PF roadster


In the archives of the Antwerp Gazette for 1957 was found this photo of what appears to be the 1953-54 custom PF roadster assumed to have been commissioned by Luigi Chinetti, NY Ferrari importer. The accompanying article tells how King Leopold III of Belgium ran off the road [#SS51] on his way to Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Alps. There is a photo of the upturned car (below). I find it hard to believe that this is NOT the PF custom job; I doubt PF made TWO the same. In that case, did the King buy it from Chinetti (unlikely!); so we assume the car was retrieved, restored and then sold to Chinetti. The other remaining question is this: why did the "royal" accident never make world headlines?  I imagine the incident was kept very hush-hush because the King was involved once before in a similar tragedy when a car he was driving went off the road near Kussnacht, in Switzerland, in 1934, killing Queen Astrid, his wife.  



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The scene of the accident (upper red arrow)

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Left and center: the overturned car; that circular front grille opening is unmistakably PF
Right:  this is an upside-down view of the actual grille of the 1953-54 custom PF roadster

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The PF roadster when new




Lewis, Jerry
[Movie comic]

1955 Cadillac



This is perhaps not a car owned by the comic, but one used as a movie prop



Lewis, Jerry-Lee [1]
[Early exponent of Rock 'n Roll]

1958 Cadillac Series Sixty Special

In this rare photo we see the star with Myra, his 14-year-old
cousin and child bride astride Jerry's other favorite means of
transportation, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle


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Lewis, Jerry-Lee [2]
[Early exponent of Rock 'n Roll]

1970 Series 75 Limousine [or sedan?]

Offered for sale on eBay in March, 2006, this 1970 Cadillac Limousine is reported to have been used by Jerry Lee Lewis in the early 70's.  The car was bought new at Price Motors Pontiac-Cadillac in Morristown, TN, by racing driver Rod Long.



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I'm guessing these pics show the star taking delivery of his new car; the man in the passenger seat looks a lot like James Roche, one-time CEO of Cadillac
Division, GM, although he did not accede to that position until 1957;  note position of Cadillac crest (on front instead of rear fender)

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The outspoken entertainer had this 1954 Eldorado
specially trimmed by George Barris, customizer to the stars

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Reported to be the Liberace car, this  one is no longer original; it does not appear to have the "piano keyboard"
upholstery and, in addition, has been decorated with ornate striping; it has also an ornate "Liberace" name on the door

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This car was for many years in the Imperial Palace collection, Las Vegas, NV;
it was identified there as having belonged to both President Lyndon B. Johnson
and entertainer, Liberace [Photo:  Imperial Palace, Las Vegas]




Lombard, Carole
[20s amd 30s screen star]

1931 Cadillac V8 convertible coupe
1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

Carole Lombard - nee Jane Alice Peters - (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) is particularly noted for her roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She is listed as one of the American Film Institute's greatest stars of all time and was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s, earning around US$500,000 per year (more than five times the salary of the U.S. President). She embraced the flapper lifestyle and became a regular at the famed Coconut Grove nightclub, where she won several Charleston competitions.

After a year without work, Lombard obtained a screen test for the "King of Comedy" Mack Sennett. She was offered a contract, and although she initially had reservations about performing in slapstick comedies, the actress joined his company as one of the Sennett Bathing Beauties. She appeared in 15 short films between September 1927 and March 1929, and greatly enjoyed her time at the Sennett studio. It gave Lombard her first experiences in comedy and provided valuable training for her future work in the genre. She called her Sennett years the turning point of her acting career.

Lombard's most famous relationship came in 1936 when she became involved with Clark Gable. They had worked together previously in 1932's No Man of Her Own, but at the time, Lombard was still married to Powell. The couple worked in movies toghether but not as a couple; she and Gable "reunited" at the Mayfair Ball, of which Lombard was hostess; their romance began to take off but, as Gable was married at the time,. the affair was kept quiet.

While returning from a World War II War Bond tour, Lombard was killed, aged only 33, in a plane crash on January 16, 1942, Lombard. The plane in which she was riding with her mother crashed into Double Up Peak near the 8,300 ft) level of Potosi Mountain, 32 miles southwest of Las Vegas.


The star is seen at left with actor William Powell; Powell married actress Carole Lombard
 in 1931; the marriage lasted just over two years;
they were divorced just 2 years later in 1933, though they too remained on good terms




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Lombardo, Guy
born Gaetano Albert Lombardo
[Canadian violinist and "Big Band" leader]

1954 Cadillac Eldorado

Guy's career began in 1924 and spanned some 50 years.  The band sold over 100,000 million records. "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven" was the logo of Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians.  By 1930 thne band had established themselves as America's top dance band.   Guy died in 1977.



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Loren, Sophia
[sultry screen star ...at least I think so!]

Sophia is reported to have owned this 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham; however, I have no official record nor any photo of her with such a car. The photo was supplied kindly by the car's current owner, Chris Bonzi.  It features neither of the two standard trim designs for the 1959 Eldorado Brougham, although the door panel and seat back design look correct (except that the seat back clock appears to be covered over with a piece of upholstery)




Louis, Joe
[one time world heavyweight boxing champion]

He is reported to have owned a 1955 Custom Viewmaster station wagon built by Hess & Eisenhardt, of Cincinnati, OH


This car  features the distinguishing hash marks of the 1955 Cadillac  Series 60 Special

on the lower rear fenders; it is said to have been built for the boxing champ



MacArthur, Douglas (General) [1]
[WW2 hero]

1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 custom town car

This car  was custom-built by General Motors for the first president of the (former) Commonwealth of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon [see below].  In 1938, the President gave the vehicle to General MacArthur as a gift for helping to train and organize the military of the (former) Commonwealth government.   MacArthur used the Cadillac throughout his tour of duty in the Philippines, until the outbreak of WWW2.    

After spending decades on display at Corregidor Islands, where it became much deteriorated from long exposure to sea air,  the car was shipped back to Quezon City to form part of the memorabilia collection honoring former president Quezon.

General MacArthur's 1937 Cadillac V16 town car was fully restored by the Vintage Car Club of the Philippines.   Only two such town cars cars were built on gthe "Sixteen" chassis in 1937.  the general's car is the only one still running today.  It was also said that GM funded part of the restoration during the mid 70s at a cost of $25,000.



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Facts and color photo supplied kindly by
Database user Irwin Kho of the Philippines

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[ Photos: by Craig Watrous and Robert De Mott, CCCA ]




MacArthur, Douglas (General) [2]
[WW2 hero]

1941 Limousine ... and Series 62 parade car

General MacArthur got a hero's welcome when he returned from the Pacific.
In the RH photo he is seen riding on the  parade boot of the convertible


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MacArthur, Douglas (General) [3]

1942 Cadillac Series 75 limousine

General MacArthur used this car to drive to the battleship Missouri where Japan signed its capitulation



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This car is like the author's
own Black Pryncess
[ cropped photos (center and right:  LIFE Magazine ]




MacArthur, Douglas (General) [4]
[WW2 hero]

1951 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 sedan or limousine

General MacArthur and his wife received this car as a gift from the Houston Elks in June 1951 where he had gone on a 4-day, 5-speech tour of The Lone Star state.



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Mack, Lonnie
[Guitarist, instrumentalist]

Various sixties Cadillacs

Lonnie is my favorite blues guitarist. I discovered him when I was a struggling
bass player for the Furax, Geneva's premier instrumental group (ha-ha!).
I place Lonnie up there with the best: B.B. King, Hank Marvin, Eric Clapton


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These two snapshots from the CD, Lonnie Mack - Direct Hits and Close Calls, show Lonnie (far right in the RH photo)
and his band, Dave Byrd, Bill Jones and Ron Grayson, with their respective Cadillacs (two '60s, a '63 and a'64-60S)




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MacQueen, Steve
movie star]

1936 Cadillac coupe



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Maharajah of Birwani
[former potentate of India]

1950 (?) Cadillac Series 62 convertible


Magsaysay, Ramon
[former Premier of the Philippines, 1953-1957]

1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 limousine

This car was retired from service in the sixties; it  was taking up too much room at the Malacañang Palace compound (the President's official residence). The National Museum eventually took custody of the car and displayed in the dungeons of a nearby, former 16th century fort, built by the Spaniards during that rule. It  remained there for the next thirty years until it was evicted once again in the late eighties.  Brute strength was used to lift the car out and the it suffered considerable damage. Thereafter, it was left to deteriorate in the open.  Eventually, the car was rescued by the Vintage Car Club of the Philippines and fully restored. 

The preceding facts and photos were supplied kindly by Database user Irwin Kho of the Philippines. 



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(left) President Magsaysay's 1955 Cadillac practically begging for some attention before its scheduled restoration
(right)  A worker meticulously labors on the interior of the presidential car during the latter stages of restoration

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Charlie Alvarez is all smiles as he presents to the public the latest
achievement of the Vintage Car Club of the Philippines




Mansfield, Jayne
[screen star]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible

She was known to love the color pink.  Her cars were pink, her  pool was pink, she bathed in pink
champagne.  Sadly, around 2.30 a.m. on  June 29, 1967 her driver lost control of the car in which she was a
passenger (no, not this car!) and she was killed instantly when it got embedded under a truck on U.S. route  90




Everything in Jayne's life was pink ...including her Cadillacs

Everything in and around her home was decorated with "hearts" - like the wrought iron gates (left)

Here, Jayne is seen enjoying a spin aboard a regular 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible




Marcos, Ferdinand
[ President of the Philippines ]

1954 Series 62 convertible

Marcos took power in 1966 when he became President of the Philippines. Together with his wife Imelda (see "Trivia", below) he ruled the country from September 21, 1972 until he was ousted by a coup, the so-called 4-Day People Power Revolutionon,  on February 25, 1986.  Marcos fled with his family to Hawaii, via Guam.  Marcos was succeeded by Corazon C. Aquino, widow of Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., Marcos' foremost political opponent who was assassinated at Manila International Airport in 1983 when he returned to the Philippines after years of political exile. It was widely assumed that Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos were involved in the assassination.

The photo shows the President riding with US President Richard Nixon during Nixon's tour of a number of Asian countries in July 1969.

Trivia 1: According to press reports, millions of dollars worth of Marcos' assests remain frozen in a number of Swiss bank accounts (e.g. Crédit Suisse). Une of these, opened in 1968 was set up up in the name of one "William Saunders" ... which happens to be the name of my paternal grandfather ... after he changed it from Edward Luther Skelton at the turn of last century, allegedly to escape a paternity suit in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Anyhoo ... in March 1968, a Mr. Walter Fessler, an official of Switzerland's Credit Suisse Bank in Zurich, came to Manila to prepare and have signed by the Marcos' somen bank account forms. On that occasion, Ferdinanded wrote "William Saunders (pseudonym)," an alias he had used already in his WWII days, and underneath it he wrote "Ferdinand Marcos (real name)." Similarly, Imelda used the pseudonym "Jane Ryan". Four accounts were opened and four checks totalling US$950,000.00 were deposited. It was a start to a considerable fortune that later was returned by the Swiss government to the new, lawful Filippino regime.

Trivia 2: This entry would be incomplete without a further reference to the President's wife, Imelda.  A Filippino Presidential Commission on Good Government investigated and sequestered the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses. After the Marcos family fled Malacañan Palace, Imelda was found to have left behind 15 mink coats, 508 gowns, 1,000 handbags and 1,060 pairs of shoes. She claimed in 1972 that her fortune came from Yamashita's Gold; in February 2006, she insisted that her husband had acquired his wealth legitimately, as a gold trader. She is the first wife of a foreign head of state to stand trial in an American court; in 1990, she was acquitted of racketeering and fraud charges (alongside co-defendant Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian former billionaire and arms dealer, father of one of Princess Di's suitors after she divorced). The "theatrical" trial involved many celebrities; actor George Hamilton was a star witness for the defense; a  $5-million-dollar bail was posted by tobacco heiress, Doris Duke, who had befriended Imelda her while they both lived in Hawaii.





Mariano, Luis (1)
[ French operatic singer and screen star ]

1952 Series 62 convertible

This car was featured in an issue of French weekly La Vie de l'Automobile



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Mariano, Luis (2)
[ French operatic singer and screen star ]

1955 Eldorado

Car is reported to have been found in the South of France by enthusiast, Philippe  Maillet. I understand from another source that the "remains" of the car are NOT for sale



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The car is located in a salvage yard in France ; it is NOT for sale
[ Photos: © 2002, Philippe Courant, ACCF ]




Marion, Frances
[Journalist and Hollywood Screen Writer]

1930 Cadillac Series 452 sedan, Fleetwood sytyle #4130

Frances got this car as a birthday gift from her husband, MGM Director George Hill. She surprised him, a few days later, for his own birthday,  with a similar gift of a V-16 Cadillac convertible coupe, Fleetwood style #4335.

Another source (published in the CCCA Bulletin in April 2005) believes the car on the right belonged to one Charles F. Hamilton of United Air Transport.


George's car (left-left) is Fleetwood style #4335 convertible coupe
Frances' car, behind the couple [and on the right], is believed to be either
Fleetwood style #4130S (the sedan) or #4130 (the limousine, with divider)




Martha (Reeves) and the Vandellas
[American "Motown" vocal group]

1960 Cadillac sedan (model?)

Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a string of hit singles on Motown's Gordy label. Founded in 1960 by friends Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford and Gloria Williams, the band eventually included Martha Reeves, who moved up in ranks as lead vocalist of the group after Williams' departure in 1962. The group signed with and eventually recorded all of their singles for Motown's Gordy imprint.

The group's string of hits included "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave", "Nowhere to Run", "Jimmy Mack", "Bless You" and "Dancing in the Street", the latter song becoming their signature single. During their nine-year run on the charts from 1963 to 1972, Martha and the Vandellas charted over twenty-six hits and recorded in the styles of doo-wop, R&B, pop, blues, rock and roll and soul. Ten Vandellas songs reached the top ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including two R&B number ones.

[Source: Wikipedia]



LH & RH photos:  (l-r): Rosalind Ashford, Betty Kelly and Martha Reeves




Martin, Dean
[singer, actor]

1970 Eldorado Wagon

This custom station wagon was built by
Hollywood customizer, George Barris


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This car, or one much like it, was offered for sale on EBay in November, 2007
(These are the pics from that Internet site)



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Matthieu, Mireille
[French pop star]

1966 Cadillac De Ville convertible

She was launched in the early sixties after winning a singing competition on TV.  France loves her, as I do too.  Her musical scores and the tone of her voice are reminiscent of the late and great Edith Piaf.  Mireille came home to her native Avignon one day with this spanking new 1966 Cadillac De Ville convertible.  In this press photo she is seen riding the parade boot, surrounded  by her numerous brothers and sisters






Mature, Victor
[Film Star]

1949 Series 62 convertible

Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His father, Marcello Gelindo Maturi, later Marcellus George Mature, was an Italian-speaking immigrant from the town Pinzolo, in the Italian part of the former County of Tyrol (now Trentino in Italy, at that time Austrian-Hungarian Empire. His mother, Clara P. Ackley was Kentucky-born and of Swiss heritage. Victor was educated at parochial schools, the Kentucky Military Institute and the Spencerian Business School. He briefly sold candy and operated a restaurant before moving to California.  Discovered while on stage at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, his first leading role was as a fur-clad caveman in One Million B.C. (1940), after which he joined 20th Century Fox to star opposite actresses such as Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. He also supported Gertrude Lawrence on Broadway in Lady in the Dark.

[Source:  Wikipedia]




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May, Ann
[screen star]

1920 custom Cadillac sport phaeton (Don Lee)

Tiny Ann May (5'2" tall) was born in Cincinnati, where she studied dramatic art at the Schuster-Martin School. She had a Latina looks, black curly hair and sparkling black eyes.  Ann May was discovered while she was visiting the Beverly Hills Hotel, near Hollywood, Calif.  Jerome Storm engaged her for Ninon, the Parisienne in "Paris Green," then for "Peaceful Valley" with Charles Ray. Cecil B. DeMille subsequently engaged her for his greatest 1929 production. Her success in the movies allowed her to buy from Don Lee, in Hollywood, this exceptional sport phaeton with secondary cowl and windshield designed by the great Harley Earl. Outside of the movies, her ambition, she boasted, was to break all records as a racer in motoring and aviation.




Mayor, the
[of Baltimore, MD]

1951 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75

This photo is from the archives of the Chesapeake Cadillac Co., in Baltimore, MD [courtesy of my friend Dick Sunderland]; it was taken on the occasion of the inauguration of one of the cities new bridges. The Mayor is the big guy in the hard hat


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McEntire, Reba
[Country music artiste and TV mom]

1959 [artist's view of] Series 62 convertible

Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country music artist. She began her career in the music industry singing with her siblings on local radio shows and rodeos.

[ source: Wikipedia, 2010 ]



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McQueen, Steve
[screen star]

1936 Cadillac V8 Coupe

The car on the right is purported to have belonged to screen-star, heart-throb, Steve McQueen.

His sons, Terry and Chad, disposed of many of the actor's vehicles auction in Las Vegas,
in 1984.  This was lot #630. The collection comprised 5 airplanes, 55 cars and 200 motorcycles.


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Menjou, Adolphe
[French screen star of thirties, Hollywood]

1922 (?) Cadillac phaeton
1941 custom "Woodie" by Cantrell



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Menjou owned this 1949 Series 62 Sedanet
In the latter part of his cinematographic career
[ Photo:  courtesy Howland Blackiston and the Self Starter ]



Mickey Mouse
[hero of the world's children]

1928 Cadillac sport phaeton

As part of Disney's Centenary celebrations,  opulent parades were staged at the
world headquarters in Disneyland, CA, where your favorite characters (and mine)
were  paraded in triumph aboard this 1928 sport phaeton



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We saw this car in Orlando (at the Epcott Center), in October 2002
(it appears to run on electricity - no engine sound nor any exhaust fumes)






Milland, Ray
[ star of the movies ]

Crossley "mini.car" ... but beside 1941 Cadillac sedan !

Ray Milland (3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986) was a Welsh actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award–winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945). Before becoming an actor Milland served in the Household Cavalry of the British Army; he left the army to follow a career in acting and appeared as an extra in several British productions before getting his first major role in The Flying Scotsman. This led to a nine month contract with MGM and he moved to the United States where he appeared as a stock actor. After being released by MGM he was picked up by Paramount, who used Milland in a range of lesser speaking parts, normally as an English character. He was loaned out to Universal in 1936 for a film called Three Smart Girls, and its success saw Milland given a lead role in The Jungle Princess alongside new starlet Dorothy Lamour. The movie was a big success and catapulted both to stardom. Milland remained with Paramount for almost 20 years. After leaving Paramount he began directing and ended his career moving into television. Milland, who was at one time Paramount Pictures highest paid actor, co-starred alongside many of the most popular actresses of the time.

Ray is seen here in company with actress Paulette Goddard.

(source: Wikipedia)





Mitchell, Susman
[ Piostmaster General under Grover Cleveland ]

1920 Custom 2-door sedan by Harley Earl for Don Lee of Hollywood

Mr. Mitchell, of Prussian origin, attended the public schools of Visalia and also the San Jose Business College, graduating in the latter institution.  After a 3-year stint as Deputy Postmaster of Visalia, he was appointed Postmaster General by President Cleveland. He later resigned to accept the position of cashier with Harrell & Son, Bankers.  The Mitchell's built a beautiful home on the corner of School and Locust streets in Visalia.  He was one-time treasurer of the Board of Trade of Visalia, secretary of the Fifteenth District Agricultural Association, and a member of the common council of the city.  He was a charter member of the Parlor of Native Sons of the Golden West.


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Mix, Tom
[ Singing "Cowboy" and screen star ]

1927 Convertible (phaeton, roadster?)

Born Thomas Hezikiah Mix, in Mix Run, PA, in 1880, this 6-foot cowboy star was the son of a lumberman.  As a hyoung man, he joined the army and was an artillery sergeant during the Philippine campaign from 1898 to 1901.  He participated in a series of Wild West shows from 1906-1909. In 1910,   SeligPictures hired him to provide and handle horses. His first movie was Ranch Life in the Great Southwest (1910). He was signed by Fox Films in 1917 and remained with them until 1928, averaging around 5 films a year. He earned (and spent) millions.   Mix quit the movies when they began the talkies. Lat=er, he earned $40,000 touring with the Sells Floto Circus in 1930 and 1931 and the Tom Mix Circus from 1936 to 1938.   He was king of the cowboys during the 1920s and remained popular on radio and in comic books for more than a decade after his death in an auto accident in 1940.





Mohammed V (1)
[ late King of Morocco ]

1959 Cadillac Series 75 limousine

The Moroccan Royal Family owned many Cadillacs.  This one was involved in a collision and subsequently abandoned.  It was photographed in Morocco by Jean-Michel Paris, a member of the American Car Club de France


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[ Photo: © Jean-Michel Paris ]



Mohammed V (2)
[ late King of Morocco ]

Stretched 1961 convertible sedan
on Series 75 chassis

This custom job was created by France's Henri Chapron to the King's own specifications


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[60s pop group from Colorado]

Armored 1954 Cadillac Series 75 limousine

October, 1966 The MONOCLES from Colorado released the great Psychedelic (Where it's at) 45 on the local Denco label.

[source:  http://www.lysergia.com/LamaWorkshop/lamaEarlyPsychedelia.htm]






Monroe, Marilyn (1)
[legendary screen star]

1953 Series 62 Eldorado convertible

Again, the story goes that baseball star Joe DiMaggio presented Marilyn wiuth a gift of a Cadillac during their courtship; the year and model were not specified.

In 2012, this car came up for sale at auction and included a photostat of the Cadillac Owner's Card showing the name "Norma Jean Baker", with a signature in that name.  It does not look like any "Marilyn Monroe" autographs I have ever encountetred, so I have my doubts as to the car's provenance.



(Left) Considering how the photo is deformed, I guess it must have come from an open book or catalog
(Right) I don't recognize the museum where this photo and the next were taken; can anyone help? 

(Center) Copy of owner identification card attributed to the star; the signature does not appear to be authentic
(Right) This is the correct interior trim (and paint) for '53 Eldorado #344



Monroe, Marilyn (2)
[legendary screen star]

1946-47 Series 62 Convertible
1951 Series 62 Coupe
1954 Series 62 convertible
 ... and others

I have nothing to add to all that has been said already about the legendary Miss Monroe, her Hollywood career, the affection she bestowed on mainly the wrong people and her mysterious and untimely demise in 1962. Apart from the second Cadillac, below, which she got as a gift after appearing on the Jack Benny show in 1953-54, Marilyn also rode in husband Joe DiMaggio's black, 1954 Cadillac (their wedding car). She has been associated (as a passenger) in a number of other Cadillacs including  Joe DiMaggio’s black 1954 (?)  Cadillac (license “Joe D”) in which  the DiMaggios rode immediately following their 1954 wedding ceremony (one source says "Out in McAllister street, the couple jammed into a big blue Cadillac and posed once more"), a white Cadillac-the car MM drove (and was driven in) during the 1960 location shooting of The Misfits  (it was probably a rental), a chauffeur-driven black limousine (upon her return to Los Angeles in 1961, when was driven about in this limo on certain occasions; it is said to have been purchased for the star's use by Darryl Zanuck, past Production Chief at 20th Century Fox Studios (it was for a time on exhibit on Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, part of a charity fund raiser, with her chauffeur Rudy Kautzsky’s driving cap and Marilyn’s gloves)



Is she or is she not "MM"?  CLC member, Ralph Messina, was unsure, as I was too;
he identified the Cadillac as a 1946-46 model; we don't know who the "cuddler" is
nor when/where the photo was snapped

MM rides in a 1951 Cadillac Coupe de Ville; CLC member, Ralph Messina,
correctly identified the year and model from the pleated seat side panels below the window

In these 3 images, Marilyn appears to have removed her white gloves: I believe all 5 images all were taken at the same time (note the zipper on the front of MM's outfit and the initials on the car door;   


Miss Monroe and Betty Grable, with 1952 (?) Cadillac

This is the most well-known of Marilyn's Cadillacs; I believe it is also the only one she ever owned ot purchased for helself;
this one was a gift from comedian, Jack Benny, on whose show Marilyn appeared in 1953-54

Biting an apple (a pear?) beside the '54 convertible

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The story goes that this black over red (?) 1954 Series 62 convertible was a gift to Marilyn from Jack Benny, after she appeared on his show

Mike Nicholl of Classic & Collectible Cars, Las Vegas, was contacted in 2007 by a customer of his who claims to own this car;
Mike is presently trying to verify the authenticity of that claim; I heard the car was now (2010) in the Vyborg collection
in St. Petersburg, Russia; photo in center was taken by Milton H. Greene on a Los Angeles street in 1954;

Marilyn is holding up a portrait of Abe Lincoln, one of her heroes
[ latter info info from Cadillac enthusiast, Stephen Kirkwood ]

(Left) Shielding her face from the sun behind a 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible
(thanks to CLC member, Ralph Messina, for correctly identifying the model year)
(Right) 1957 Eldorado Biarritz

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Marilyn parades aboard a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
(thanks to CLC member, Ralph Messina, for correcting the model year from 1958 to 1957)


(Left) In this snap-shot, Marilyn is seen stepping out of a 1958 Cadillac Series 75 limousine
(Right) Same car? Same time? The blouse looks the same; MM is here with her (new) husband #3, Arthur Miller
[ Photo sources:  Internet ]

Different outfits ... same year car ?



Marilyn  divorce baseball giant Joe di Maggio in 1954
... yet we see her here, with Joe, in a 1959 Cadillac Series 60 Special

More pics of Marilyn and Joe with the '59 Sixty Special

Not sure if this one's a Cadillac. The star is seen here with husband #3, author and playright Arthur Miller;
there is an unidentified (half-hidden) woman on MM's left; those silk shades and the dome light
could very well belong to a 60s Cadillac limousine

(Left) A smiling
Marilyn in a chauffeur-driven 1961 Cadillac Series 75 limousine
(Center)  Same  car, different venue?
(Right) Blowing out her "first" candle
[ Photo sources:  Internet ]


On location, flirting atop a 1960 coupe; who are the 2 other girls with Marilyn?
At right is a movie still which features the same car (Lic. Tag: W24467)

Actress Loni Anderson (and unknown blonde) pose beside the 1961 Series 75
limousine in which Marilyn was driven around and about in Hollywood

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This 1962 sedan is  said to have belonged to Marilyn;
it was sold at auction in Australia in the eighties
(remember, the star died in August that year)

It was only fitting that a new Cadillac hearse (1962 model) would carry Marilyn
to her final resting place at the Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles



Montalban, Ricardo

[screen star]

1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado convertible



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Montgomery, Robert

[screen star]

1933 Cadillac V16 convertible Victoria




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The car has survived




Moon, Sun Myung
[ Spritual leader of the "Moonies" cult ]

1958 Cadillac Series 75 limousine
[ inter alia ]

Sun Myung Moon (born January 6, 1920) is the Korean founder and leader of the world-wide Unification Church and of the larger Unification Movement which owns, operates or subsidizes many organizations involved in political, cultural, mass-media, and other activities. One of the best-known of these is the Washington Times newspaper.   He is also well-known for holding Blessing ceremonies, which are often called "mass weddings".  Moon has said that he is the Messiah and the Second Coming of Christ and is fulfilling Jesus' unfinished mission.  Moon has been among the most controversial modern religious leaders. He and his followers have been widely criticized, both for their religious beliefs and for their social and political activism. [Source:  Wikipedia]



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Moore, Archie
[ World light heavyweight boxing champ, 1952 ]

1957 Cadillac Series 75 limousine
He used this car as his daily driver until 1981



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[ the car was offered for sale on Ebay in 2008 ]




Moore, Roger
[ British screen star ]

Custom "Cadillac Eldorado" on Chevrolet Corvette chassis
built for "James Bond" movie appearances, starring Roger Moore



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This "fake" Cadillac caused some controversy among Bond enthusiasts;
for more details, check this page of the Cadillac Database [search on "Dunham Coach"]




Mora y Aragón, Jaime (de)
[ Spanish aristocrat ]

This car was originally the property of Spanish aristocrat Jaime de Mora y Aragón. In more recent years it was used in a music video clip entitled Cadillac Solitario ("Lonely Cadillac") by Loquillo y Trogloditas.  My initial English translation was : Little Loco [crazy guy] and the Troglodytes.  However, a Latino visitor to the Database corrected me (in May, 2006), explaining that "Loquillo" was in fact cartoonist Walter Lantz' Woody Woodpecker ; so in simple English, the band's name would be Woody Woodpecker and the Cave Dwellers.  In August 2001, this car was on display at Barcelona's Lilla mall, in Spain, with five other classics from the collection of Mr. Ramón Magriñá



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Morganthau, Henry P.
[ Secretary of the Treasury in the W. Wilson administration ]

1919 Cadillac custom Victoria

Offered for sale on eBay [Internet] in December, 2003, this car is said to have been custom built by the Wolfington Body Company of Philadelphia for former Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morganthau.  It has several unique features including cowl-mounted running lights, nickel plated drum headlights with custom brackets and a plated grill shell with Mr. Morganthau's initials instead of the usual Cadillac emblem in that location

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[ Photo: Internet - eBay web site ]




Morlay, Gaby
[ French theater and movie actress ]

She is reported to have owned a 1928 Imperial sedan that is now the property of
the Keyaerts Cadillac Museum in Langeais, Touraine, France

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[ this illustration is from the 1928 product catalog ]




Morley, Ken
[ British actor ]

1976 Cadillac Fleetwood sedan

The actor: Ken Morley

Ken Morley is an English comedian and actor who is best known for his role as Reg Holdsworth in Coronation Street. He played the role from 1989 until quitting the show in 1995. Between 1988 and 1991, he was a regular in one of ma favorite BBC sitcoms ( 'Allo 'Allo!), playing the rotund General Leopold von Flockenstuffen. He also appeared as US Vice-President Dick Cheney on Channel 4 in the satirical show, Bremner, Bird and Fortune. In August 2010, it was confirmed that Ken would return to Coronation Street to film scenes for its 50th anniversary DVD  [Source:  Wikipedia].

Ken is also a keen car collector with (at least) three Cadillac models to his credit: a 1959 pink Coupe de Ville and two 1976 Fleetwood Broughams, one of which he sold; it now belongs to a namesak, who kindly corrected the erroneous information previously shown here, attributing this cas to a third "Morley", the late Robert Morley.







Mountbatten of Burma, Louis, 1st Earl
[ Last Viceroy of India, British admiral and Statesman
Chief of combined military operations in WW2 ]

1942 Cadillac Series 75 limousine, Fleetwood style 7559 (?)

This car currently (2000) is in Australia



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This Italian family, in Australia, 
owned the car in the sixties




"Munsters, the"
[sixties popular TV soap]

1937 Cadillac V-12 formal sedan

This car appeared in the series.  It was owned by Bob Moser, producer of the show. It was featured with the late Fred Gwynn.  Although labeled a "sedan", nonethless the car has a divider  (as did our 1942 formal sedan for 5 passengers); it has also a pair of opera seats.  This car as offered for sale at auction on eBay, in June 2006



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[ Photos:  Internet, June 2006 ]




Narriman (Queen) of Egypt
(2nd wife of King Farouk)


(I am guessing) 1942-1949 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 limousine

Known as the "Cinderella of the Nile", at the age of 17 Nariman broke off her previous engagement to a Harvard doctoral student in order to marry King Farouk in May 1951. The wedding was a lavish and extravagant affair; Nariman’s bridal gown was embroidered with 20,000 diamonds; the many gold presents the couple received were subsequently (and secretly) melted down into ingots.

Following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, the King was forced to abdicate. The couple’s infant son briefly succeeded his father as King Fuad II but his (symbolic) reign was cut short with the establishment of a republic, in Egypt, the following year, 1953.


The former royal couple in exile in Italy, in 1953;
they were divorced later that year



My assumption that on this state occasion the queen rode in a Fleetwood "75" limousine, is based on the RH photo showing Gita's and my
1942 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 formal sedan (style 7519-F); these roomy Cadillac limousines carried the same coachwork fron 1942 to 1949




Nasser, Gamal Abdel (1)
[former Raïs (leader) of modern Egypt]

1947 custom Fleetwood Series 75 convertible sedan

In 1958, Syria and  Egypt were united under the banner of  the United Arab Republic.  Syrians and Egyptians alike were called to vote on February 21, 1958 for the creation of the new republic, with Nasser as its president.  After the founding ceremony, the two leaders, Nasser and Qu'watli, paraded through the streets of Damascus aboard this custom convertible sedan by Derham; the latter had been acquired by the former King Farouk of Egypt and (probably) seized by the new leader of the country. Unfortunately, the union of Egypt and Syria as one great Arab nation was to last only until the summer of 1961 when  a Syrian military junta decided to beak away from the "republic" and to create  a new and independent  Syrian Arab Republic, free of any Egyptian control or influence.



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Two factory photos of the custom  Series 75 convertible sedan commissioned from Derham by the former King Farouk




Nasser, Gamal Abdel (2)
[former Raïs (leader) of modern Egypt]

1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

A child put himself in danger as Nasser drove through the streets of Alexandria during a formal parade






Nasser, Gamal Abdel (3)
[former Raïs (leader) of modern Egypt]

1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible [or Eldorado Biarritz?]

Nasser led the army coup that deposed the late King Farouk [another Cadillac aficionado].  In May 1964, the Aswan high dam over the Nile was inaugurated in the presence of Nasser and Soviet Premier, Nikita Kruchchev (the dam was Soviet-designed, built and financed). As the parade Cadillac made its way slowly through the throngs of onlookers, a female admirer of Nasser threw herself across the hood of the car,  causing quite a panic among the security guards (photo)



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Nasser, Gamal Abdel (3)
[former Raïs (leader) of modern Egypt]

Armored 1961 Cadillac

Hess & Eisenhardt of Cincinnati, OH, is reported to have built an armored Cadillac for Egypt's leader (like the one illustrated at the right)



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Novarro, Ramón
[ Star of the Silver Screen ]

1930 Cadillac Series 353 roadster

Born José Ramón Gil Samaniego in Durango, Mexico, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, CA, to escape the Mexican revolution in 1913. A second cousin of Mexican actress Dolores del Rio, he entered the movies in 1927, playing bit parts and supplementing his income by working as a singing waiter. His friends, the actor and director Rex Ingram and his wife, the actress Alice Terry, began to promote him as a rival to Rudolph Valentino. It was Ingram who suggested he change his name to "Novarro." From 1923, he began to play more prominent roles. His role in Scaramouche (1923) brought him his first major success.



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Negri, Pola
[ Star of the Silent Screen and the Movies ]

1924 Cadillac 7-pass. sedan

The photo appeared in Theatre Magazine for January 1926.  In the caption the car is described as a Cadillac coupe.  In fact, it is a roomy sedan for seven passengers (style #5470); in 1924, this model cost $3,585



 Newman, Paul
[screen star]

1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible
as used by the actor in the movie Hud.

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing.

Newman was a co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of 2013, these donations exceeded US$380 million. He also founded the SeriousFun Children's Network, a global family of camps and programs for children with serious illness which has served 290,076 children since 1988.

(source: Wikipedia)



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Newton, Helmut
[renowned fashion photographer]

Unfortunately, this entry must serve also as an obituary notice. Sadly, the acclaimed fashion photographer died January 23, 2004 after he lost control of his silver Cadillac SRX in a Los Angeles hotel driveway; his car struck a wall and Newton died later in hospital; he  was 83.   His work appeared in Playboy, Elle and Vogue.  He was best known for his black-and-white studies of nude women.

Helmut Newton Web Sites



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Nimitz, Chester
[former US Navy Admiral]

1936 Cadillac Series 75, style #8509
sedan for 5 passengers, Fleetwood  body


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[Far left]  Admiral Nimitz boarding a car that is NOT his 1936 Cadillac but more likely a later model Packard;
center and right: the Admiral's personal car
[ all photos:  Internet, 2008 ]




Nitti, Frank
[Henchman of gangster, Al Capone]

Rumor has it that Frank owned a 1942 Series 75, style 7519, 7-pass.  sedan:
it was offered for sale on e-Bay in November, 2002. There were NO bidders,
possibly on account of the non-authentic restoration of the interior.



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This model is almost the same as our car, except that ours has the glass division;
205 units were built, as against only 65 units for our "formal" version

(Hey, maybe OUR car is the Nitti car!)



Nixon, Richard  (1)
[ 37th US President ]

1954 Cadillac limousine

As Vice-President under Ike Eisenhower, Nixon paid a visit to Venezuela in 1958. In the thick traffic of the working-class suburb of Catia, the caravan slowed to a crawl, then halted. Several hundred rioters came running. They ripped the U.S. and Venezuelan flags from Nixon's car, pounded the doors with clubs, pipes, brass artillery-shell cases. Grapefruit-sized stones smashed against the safety glass until slivers began flying through the inside of the car.

[LIFE, May 26, 1958]


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Nixon, Richard  (2)

[ 37th US President ]

1954 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

In July 1969, President Nixon undertook an official visit to a number of Asian countries: Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Pakistan (he also made a brief stop in Romania on the retrun trip). He was in the Philippines in July 26 and 27.

During one of the motorcades, some demonstrators made their presence felt with banners and some anti-us slogans. One banner read: "People's Gift to Nixon: One-Way Trip to the Moon". In another parade, on the same occasion, the President rode with Marcos in a convertible Lincoln Continental (possibly a State Department car).






Nixon, Richard  (3)
[ US Vice-President under Ike Eisnhower ]

1956 Cadillac limousine


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Nixon, Richard  (2a)
[ US Vice-President under Ike Eisnhower ]

1956 White House security car
and parade limousine.

Here, Nixon  is seen riding with Ike Eisenhower


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Nixon, Richard  (3)
[former President of the USA]

1967 armored Cadillac Series 75



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G-Men guard the presidential parade car in Lisbon, Portugal



Nixon, Richard (4)
[former President of the USA]

1984 custom White House security car
by Hess & Eisenhardt of Cincinnati, OH.

President Nixon used this car during his European tour in May, 1985




Nixon, Richard & Mrs.
[Former First Family, USA]

1974 Fleetwood Talisman

This text accompanied some photos of a car that was offered for sale on eBay in December, 2003: I was told this 1974 Fleetwood Talisman  was purchased by President and Mrs. Richard M. Nixion [sic] after his resignation from the Presidency for their use and was kept at their home in San Clemente, CA. I have not been able to verify this through the DMV, but there is a plaque on the dash board staiting [sic] such.



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I had a special plaque like this engraved for my '67 Mustang;
I could also have had it engraved "Custom Made for Elvis Presley"




Nixon, Pat (Mrs.)
[Wife of former US President Richard M. Nixon]

1973 Fleetwood limousine, with special hood markings so car
could be easily identified by airborne security detail



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Nixon, Richard
[former President of the USA]

1984 White House limousine by Hess & Eisenhardt
(read more about it under Dream Cars)

Car Life published an article in November 1956 that had a story on the Cars of the Candidates (to the 1957 presidential elections). There I learned about Mr. Nixon's official car (below); when he first became Vice President, he inherited an older Cadillac from his predecessor, Alben Barkley



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 Novak, Kim (1)
[Screen star]

This 1957 Cadillac

Kim Novak was born Marilyn Pauline Novak on February 13, 1933. She is is an American film and television actress.Her first film roles were in Pushover and Phffft! (both 1954), and her breakthrough role was in Picnic (1955). Over the next three years, she appeared in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), Pal Joey (1957), and Bell, Book and Candle (1958). She is best known for her role as Judy Barton in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo. Novak's career went into decline afterwards, and she appeared in films sporadically until 1991. Now retired, she lives with her veterinarian husband on a ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon.





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 Novak, Kim (2)
[Screen star]

This 1961 Cadillac convertible for sale
on the Internet in 2001 was described as
having belonged to Ms. Novak



[Tailor to the Stars]

1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

"Nudie" has passed on.  He was the colorful owner of  a Hollywood fashion house that catered to the Hollywood and variety set. Among his creations was Elvis Presley's gold lamé tuxedo in the late fifties.  His car was this wild, westernized Eldorado convertible model that  sported, inter alia, a pair of long horns on the front grille, Winchester carbines on the trunk and rear fenders, holsters and six-guns draped over the back of the front seats. Silver dollars studded the hard boot [see also Le Fever entry]



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Olav V
[ King of Norway ]

1952 Cadillac Series 75 limousine

The late king retired the car in 1981,   making room for a brand new "Royal Blue" 1981 Series 75 with the traditional "A1" license plates.  That one was later sold to a livery service and later still to a private owner. It was replaced a few years later by a downsized, 1985 DeVille limousine converted by Armbruster Stageway. King Olav V was a keen auto enthusiast with a penchant for American cars.  In addition to the "official fleet" he kept quite a few American "drivers".  On most non-public occasions king Olav drove himself;  his car of choice for personal use was a 1967 Fleetwood that he kept until his death.   That car currently is in the hands of a private collector.

The information for this entry was supplied by CML member Tore Robert Klerud and supplemented by Fred Nissen, both members of the CML [the Cadillac Mailing List]



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Olivier, Lawrence Kerr (Baron, Sir)
[British stage and screen actor and producer of great repute]

1970 Cadillac Series 75 limousine

He was born on 22 May 1907 and died on July 11, 1989.  One of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century. Married three times, to actresses Jill Esmond, Vivien Leigh, and Joan Plowright, he was named  "the greatest actor in the English-speaking world" by his American colleague, Spencer Tracy. Olivier played a wide variety of roles on stage and screen from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and Restoration comedy to modern American and British drama. He won Oscar nominations with two awards (for Best Actor and Best Picture for the 1948 film Hamlet). He also gleabed five Emmy awards from the nine nominations he received. His career as a stage and film actor spanned more than six decades.




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Oldfield, Barnie
[Pre WW-1 Race Car Driver]

1929 Cadillac 4-pass. Phaeton

Oldfield began as a bicycle racer. He was lent a gasoline-powered bicycle to race at Salt Lake City, which led to a meeting with Henry Ford. Oldfield later drove against the then champion Alexander Winton and won by a half mile in the five mile (8 km) race; he slid through the corners like a motorcycle racer did instead of braking. It was a great victory for Ford and led both Barney Oldfield and Ford to become household names. On June 20, 1903, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indiana, Oldfield became the first driver to run a mile track in one minute flat or 60 miles per hour (97 km/h).Two months later, he drove a mile in 55.8 seconds at the Empire City Race Track inYonkers, New York. He made a fine showing at the opening of the Indianapolis Speedway (August 19–21, 1909), in a Mercedes. He bought a Benz, and raised his speed in 1910 to 70.159 mph (112.910 km/h) in his "Blitzen Benz". Later that year he drove to 131.25 mph (211.23 km/h). He used the car to break the existing mile, two mile (3 km), and kilometer records at the Daytona Beach Road Course at Ormond, Florida.




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Orchha, Maharadjah of
[Pricely ruler of an Indian province during Btritish rule]

Custom boat-tail speedster by the young Battista Farina
on the 1931 Cadillac V-16 chassis



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Left: coach builder's original photo; center: as found in Pakistan in the 60s. right: as (over) restored in the USA in the 80s

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New millennium: back to the coach builder's original color scheme ...or near enough (in the absence of any period color photos);
white-wall tires would not be out of   place, as they were mounted on the car when it left the shop




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Orbison, Roy

1965 Cadillac De Ville convertible

This car was offered for sale on e-Bay in 7/2001;
it was said to have been the property of the singer




Owens, Jesse
[legendary U.S. sports figure]

1929 Cadillac convertible parade car

African-American sports giant, Jesse Owens won four gold medals for the USA during the 1936 Olympics, held in Berlin, Germany, just before the outbreak of WW2.  Adolf Hitler, irascible Chancellor of  the Third Reich stormed out of the tribune of honor after Owens beat Germany's allegedly superior Aryan athletes.  Back home, Jesse rode a Cadillac in this ceremonial ticker tape parade


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Paget, Debra
[screen star]

1955  Cadillac

You can't see it on this small, compressed digital image but the front of this car is  decorated (why and with what?)  It could be daisies; you can tell that the hood "V" is too wide.  Also there is an inscription over the crest; it could be "MGM"; it is difficult to say, even using a magnifying glass




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 Palance, Jack [1]
[screen star]

1937 Cadillac V12 formal sedan



 Palance, Jack [2]
[screen star]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

I have an unsubstantiated report that this car,  photographed in the desert near Phoenix, AZ, was also in Jack Palance's collection.  Sold in 1999 by Chris 'Doc' Sabatino to Georg Pfeiffer, an Austrian collector, who had it completely restored [I recommend highly a visit to Georg's Web site].   Chris Sabatino had described thus: This is an extremely rare automobile. Only 1320 produced. This auto was #42 off the assembly line. Only 99 were offered with bucket seats [BTW, that number has never been officially substantiated], this is one of them! Of the 99, only half were produced with air conditioning [again an unsubstantiated statement], this is one of them! Of the approximately 45 cars that came with air conditioning, approximately 5 came with all options [unsubstantiated], yup, this is one of them! This car was originally purchased by actor, Jack Palance. It was sold in 1978, and then stored for 20 years!! This car is the one used by GM for their Eldorado commercials and their print ads [1999]! This is a pedigree car, that could be worth as much as $100,00-120,000, like they were in the late 80s and early 90s. Current market value (if you could find a restored '59 Eldo),  would be in $55,000-85,000 range.

Georg makes no reference to the Palance connection but adds: The car was delivered initially to a dealer in Phoenix, AZ. Originally painted Argent [Code #92] Chris Sabatino had it resprayed in red and did some minor cosmetic work on it.  A ground-up, perfect restoration was subsequently carried out in Austria by Rudi Kerschbaumer and his team from American Special Parts.



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The car as portrayed in a GM/Cadillac commercial in 1999

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The car as beautifully and perfectly restored in Austria for Georg Pfeiffer




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 Palmer, Arnold
[renowned professional golfer]

1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

Mr. Palmer now runs a Cadillac dealership in Charlotte, NC.  There is a HUGE, scintillating "Cadillac" sign, outside visible for miles  on I-77



Parsons, Gram
[ American singer, song-writer ]

1958 Cadillac sedan

Cecil Ingram Connor III (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973), known professionally as Gram Parsons, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Parsons is best known for his work within the country music genre; he also popularized what he called "Cosmic American Music", a hybrid of country,
rhythm and blues, soul, folk, and rock. Besides recording as a solo artist, he also worked in several notable bands, including the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, and The Flying Burrito Brothers. His relatively short career is described by AllMusic as "enormously influential" for both country and rock, "blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other" [source: Wikipedia].






Parton, Dolly (1)
[country singer, entertainer]

1964 Cadillac Series 62 sedan
[ ideal car, with more than adequate trunk storage space,
for a budding young country singer



Photo:  Internet (where the car was offered up for sale on eBay in April, 2005)




Parton, Dolly (2)
[country singer, entertainer]

1974 Cadillac Talisman by Fleetwood
[the poor image is from a Kruse auction catalog]



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Pastorelli, Robert
[TV and screen star]

1959 Coupe de Ville

The actor is reported to have committed suicide, with a drug overdose, on  March 8,  2004.   According to police he was found by his personal assistant with a syringe in his right arm.  Friends said he had been off drugs for fifteen years, but had gone back to using heroin, probably after a falling out with his girlfriend, Charemon.



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Patiala, Maharajah of
[Pricely ruler of an Indian province during Btritish rule]

RHD Cadillac V-16 special phaeton, Fleetwood style #4260

The car was ordered by and built for the Maharajah who subsequently gave it as a gift to his friend, the Maharajah of  Tikari. The car currently resides on the island of Jersey (UK)





Patton, General George S.
[WW2 military leader, U.S.]

1938 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 style #7533 limousine

The General died on December 21, 1945 owing to complications resulting from a collision on December 9, 1945 when he was a passenger in a Cadillac similar to this one.  It  was near Mannheim, in Germany, on the N-38, that it was struck in the right  front end by   a 6x6 army truck that had veered sharply in front of it, following a moment of inattention by its driver (the General's driver was PFC Horace L. Woodring - photo, below).  The General's neck was broken and he died, later, in hospital. 

An article about the tragic accident appeared in Torque (magazine of the Michigan Region CCCA) in the issue for March-April, 1980.  Some mystery surrounds the tragic circumstances in which Patton lost his life; they are under investigation by a writer acquaintance who will be publishing a book on the General.

Cadillac enthusiast, W. Kline, wrote in December 2001 to inform me that a Cadillac reported to be the one in which Patton suffered his fatal injuries was still on display at the Armory Museum in Fort Knox, KY.  However, there is a consensus among the experts that the car shown there is really a 1939 Series 75, similar to the 1938 Patton car, but not THAT car; the genuine "Patton car" is believed to have been scrapped, in Germany, some time after the accident. This has been the conclusion of a number of Cadillac enthusiasts, including  Doug Houston Jr.,  who wrote a long article about the Patton car in Torque (magazine of the Michigan region CCCA) in the spring of 1980 and Matt Larson, acting as Cadillac Archivist for the GM Heritage Center in 2006.  Not everyone agrees with Doug or Matt, especially not Lawrence W. Lee Jr. who wrote (in May, 2006):

You say that the car at the Patton Museum is not the actual car used by Patton at the time of his death, which was scrapped soon after the accident. This is obviously incorrect, as a simple contact to the Patton Museum would have revealed [of course, Lawrence, it is in the interest of the Museum to have their patrons believe they DO have the RIGHT car].  The car has excellent documentation [it would be interesting if  we could see it, Lawrence], and was shipped to the Museum in 1951, after having been used by the Chief of Constabulary Forces in Germany during the U.S. occupation. According to documents I have previously received from the Patton Museum, a 1939 Series 75 car was located to use for spare parts.  The  General's car had all body parts from the firewall forward replaced, using parts from the 1939 donor car.  Two sections of the front grille were missing, and replacements were hand-made by a local craftsman who did not know they should be in the vertical position. In a 1982 examination of the car, two data plates were found - one from 1938 [possibly the ORIGINAL body tag?],  the other from 1939 (the 1939 plate is in French).  According to Col. Thomas Hauss,  who was an Ordnance Officer for General I.D. White (the last Chief of Constabulary to use the car during the occupation), the car's engine and transmission were replaced with units from an M24 tank [Doug interviewed Lt. Col. Hauss in the eighties and believes he has since passed on].

Well, Lawrence, Doug, Matt, in  French we say: de la discussion jaillit la lumière (i.e. discussion will cast light  on the issue).  That's why I asked Doug and Matt for their views on Lawrence's comments.  Doug replied (in May, 2006)  that he was of the opinion that s
omebody may have made up (new?) "documentation" in an attempt to "authenticate" the car as THE Patton car.  He restated that an army PFC by the name of  Woodring, who was in Germany at the time and was close to the car, had assured him that the Museum car was NOT the one in which the General was injured. Doug had also interviewed Lt. Col. Tom Hauss [mentioned by Lawrence] many years ago, on army business [Doug believes Hauss has since passed on2].  According to Doug, Lawrence would have done well to talk to Woody; unfortunately, it was about a year too late, as Woody too had passed on.  Again in Doug's opinion, it is obviously in the interest of the Patton museum to stick to its story, especially now that all the main actors in the drama have passed on. As for Matt, while acting as the Cadillac Archivist at the GM Heritage Center in 2006, he prepared a five-page report from which it transpires that the museum car definitely is NOT the car in which the general suffered that fatal injury. It would not be practical to reproduce Matt's findings here in extenso; however, should any reader wish to read the full the report, I am sure Matt would have no objection to my providing you with a copy as an Email attachment.  You may request such a copy here:

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1 Late Extra  (March, 2008): The interesting article below was provided kindly by the Potomac Region CLC; it was published in their monthly (prize-winning) Newsletter. It appears to corroborate some of the assertions made by Mr. Lee, in 2006. It appears that the rear portion of the car (from the firewall back) is the authentic Patton automobile, while the front portion was rebuilt from a 1939 Cadillac model. There certainly is room for more debate on the issue.


Special thanks to Candace Fuller, Librarian, and Charles Lemons, Curator, at the Patton Museum. 
This story would not have been possible without their consent and cooperation.

The “Patton” Cadillac is a 1938 Cadillac Series 75, 7-passenger Imperial Sedan manufactured by the General Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan. It was, most certainly, one of eighty-four CKD (complete knocked down) Cadillac Imperial Sedans that had been exported from the United States in late 1937 and into early 1938 1.   The following conjectures are based on current information available and a photographic inspection of the vehicle, the surviving pictures having been taken from late spring into the winter of 1945.

The automobile was most probably exported to Europe in 1937, with its final destination being Germany. Before final delivery, the Cadillac was brought up to German specifications by the addition of large driving lights, flipper type turn signals, and a back-up light at the rear of the car. It had already been fitted with a European speedometer, which was installed at the factory as part of the European export package2.

The vehicle may have been purchased by the German Government and used by high or mid-level political or military entities.

Whatever its original use may have been, the car was captured near the town of Chartres France around the 18th of August 1944. Brigadier General William Birdsong (USA Ret) noted in a letter to the Patton Museum that his unit, 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, had "captured a Cadillac limousine from the Germans…" on August 17th or 18th 1944, and that he "…had sent the car to 11th Infantry headquarters…" A letter dated August 21, 1944 from General Patton to Major General Leroy Irwin, 5th Infantry Division, explains it all.

"Dear Red, You were very generous indeed to send me the lovely automobile captured by the Third Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment under Major Birdsong. Please express to him and Colonel Yuill my appreciation. It will take a car as fast as that to catch up to you, which I hope to do shortly." MG Irwin sent his own letter down to Major Birdsong on August 23rd, mentioning "…a gift of a Cadillac car captured by your battalion, the 3rd of the 11th, at Chartres…."

That is the last we know of the automobile until the end of the war. After the war in Europe ended, the Cadillac Series 75 Imperial Sedan was photographed at Third Army Headquarters at Bad Nauheim. It had been repainted in olive drab with white stars on the rear doors, and had a set of air horns (a Patton signature) attached to the driver's side of the hood upright. A pair of flag posts was attached to either side of the center grille, and a license plate for the Third Army was attached on the front bumper. It retained the flipper type turn signals and the European driving lights, as well as having had cats-eye lights mounted on the tops of the front fenders. When General Patton was given command of the Fifteenth Army, he was taken to his new headquarters by train, while his car was driven to the new post.3 After its arrival, it was repainted and remarked for the Fifteenth Army.

Inspection of the accident photograph to the left reveals the 1) presence of European/German turn signals 2) remnants of large driving/fog lights above front bumper 3) presence of small parking lights on both front fenders, 4) remnants of flag holders lying in engine compartment, 5) presence of dual air horns on driver's side of lower hood, and 6) unit marking partially visible on driver's side front fender "HQ-1". Photograph to the right shows Horace “Woody” Woodring, the driver, looking at the car after the accident.

On December 9, 1945, the automobile was involved in an accident - one that ultimately resulted in the death of General Patton – with an Army 2½-ton truck in Mannheim,Germany.

Photographs taken after the accident show the extent of the damage, as well as also reveal the features matching the photograph taken at Third Army Headquarters (see page 2). Present in the photograph are the remnants of the European style fog lights, as well as one of the two flag staff carriers which had been attached to the grille. The cats-eye light on one fender is still intact, and the flipper type turn signals are clearly visible. The real identifier for the car is the twin air horns attached to the driver's side of the hood support. The remaining pieces of the grille and the general makeup of the vehicle clearly identify it as a 1938 Cadillac Series 75 limousine and the side shots identify it as a 7-passenger Imperial Sedan.

A later photograph [below] of the car shows it setting amongst several other vehicles with its fenders and front axle removed. It may be that it had been relegated to the bone yard, but for some reason it was later rebuilt.

Since the sheet metal of the front end had been badly damaged, it was rebuilt using the sheet metal from a 1939 Cadillac Series 75 limousine. That particular donor car had been exported to Belgium in November of 1938 as a CKD (complete knock down) and then assembled by General Motors of France. It too came into American hands, but apparently became so badly damaged as to be stripped for parts.

The grille on the donor car was incomplete, so two new side grille sections were made and installed. The new grille sections were actually incorrect and, because of this, the car is instantly recognizable from the front. Once completed, this "new" automobile was issued to the Commander of the U.S. Constabulary in Germany. In 1951, the car was discovered and arrangements were made to ship it to the Patton Museum, where it arrived in November of that year (see documents on page 16).


1 The Production Figure Book For U.S. Cars, Jerry Heasley, 1977, pg. 107
2 The presence of the flipper type turn signals is a strong hint that it was either imported for, or modified by the Germans before falling into American hands. Only German modified vehicles have these installed - apparently no other country requires this type of turn signal device [I believe these “flipper”signals  were the norm in Britainand –  I guess – throughout the British empire until the late 50s, when integral signals became the norm].
3 An impromptu interview with Horace "Woody" Woodring confirmed that the car had been brought over from Third Army Headquarters.


2 Late Extra  (June, 2010): This just in from auto enhusiast, Ralph Fuhr: Not all the participants have passed on. Col. Hauss is still alive and well at 91 years in Fort Meyers, FL. Not only was he there in Germany and would know the true story, but when he got back to the States he ran a garage and restored vintage cars and had quite a collection in the 50s and 60s. I would trust anything he said about cars, since it was his passion. Last time I saw him, he was driving his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Good luck should you want to interview probably the last living person to work with Gen. Patton.



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I try to publish in the Cadillac Database only verifiable facts; often I must rely on statements like those of the afore-mentioned 
three enthusiasts.  So, if anyone else can shed more light on the issue,  please do so.  Let's hear also what the Museum has to say !


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[Editorial Note: Special thanks to Candace Fuller, Librarian, and Charles Lemons, Curator,
at the Patton Museum. This story would not have been possible without their consent and cooperation.]




Paycheck, Johnny
[ Country music singing legend ]

Slightly customized 1970 Cadillac Series 75 limousine

"Take This Job & Shove It" is the one record that put Johnny Paycheck's name all over the world, and gave him a taste of what life can be, as a celebrity of such magnitude. With 6 gold albums, 2 Platinum, 1 Double-Platinum (almost unheard of at the time for a Country Music Artist) and 33 hit singles, Johnny Paycheck is a genuine LEGEND!



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Not easy to make out in the center image, but the faux landau bars 
are mounted on the wrong sides of the quarter panels




Paul [King]
[former King of Greece]

The King is reported to have owned an armored Cadillac
built for him by Hess & Eisenhardt of Cincinatti, OH


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John-Paul VI (1)
[H.H. The Pope]

1969 Cadillac Series 60 Special

On Tuesday,   June 10, 1969 H.H. Pope John-Paul VI  paid a courtesy visit  to the European office of the United Nations at Geneva, Switzerland.  After celebrating a mass at the city's Parc de la Grange, he had time to meet also with Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie at the Headquarters of the International Labor Organization (ILO)


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John-Paul VI (2)

[H.H. The Pope]

1999 Ceremonial Cadillac "Throne" car



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This car was on display at the 2001 Cadillac-LaSalle Club Grand National meet in Denver, CO

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Pecora, Ferdinand
[former New York prosecutor]

1931 Cadillac V-12  limousine

Ferdinand Pecora was little known outside New York until 1933. The former New York prosecutor was called to Washington to become chief counsel of Senate hearings looking into Wall Street's wrongdoings that led to the Crash of 1929. Pecora is a surprising hero of the time — he was a poor Italian immigrant who earned his legal education at night school. Over a ten-day period, he grilled some of the titans of Wall Street, toppling one of them — multimillionaire Charles Mitchell, aka Sunshine Charley — who was chairman of National City Bank.

[Quote by Professor Michael PERINO (Author, "The Hellhound of Wall Street")]





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Perkins, Carl
[Rockabilly music legend]

1956 Cadillac Series Sixty Special

Carl Lee Perkins ( 1932 –1998) was an American rockabilly musician who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning during 1954. His best known song is "Blue Suede Shoes" (later a hit single by Elvis Presley). According to Charlie Daniels, "Carl Perkins' songs personified the rockabilly era, and Carl Perkins' sound personifies the rockabilly sound more so than anybody involved in it, because he never changed."

Called "the King of Rockabilly", he was inducted into the Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame; and was a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient.


Carl is seen here in company with Sam Phillips of Sun Records in Memphis, TN




Penniman, Richard
[aka Little Richard - American pop star]

1956 Cadillac Series Sixty Special

He sold more than 32 millions records including titles like Good Golly Miss Molly, Lucille, Long Tall Sally and Tutti Frutti.  The royalties from his first hit song, Tutti Frutti, enabled him to buy his first car ...even though he did not yet have a driver's license. 

He bought it in Hollywood.   It was a mildly customized, white 1956 Cadillac Series Sixty Special with gold trim and matching interior.  Leopard skins were used for the upholstery.  The car is reported to have cost about $8000, at a time when the standard Sixty Special carried a price tag of $4300. The story goes that he hired a white chauffeur to drive him back home to Macon, Georgia. At that time there was only one other Cadillac in town; it belonged to the local undertaker.  Little Richard joked, "Before I got my car, you had to be dead to get to ride in a Cadillac!"  He called his car Miss Ann; it became the title of one of his later hit songs.

The week after Tutti Frutti hit the stands he drove through town, blowing kisses to his female fans ...and became so distracted that he had a front fender-bender.  He recalled being arrested, in El Paso, Texas, while driving home with $50,000 in cash from record sales. The police was convinced he had stolen the cash AND the Cadillac.  He was thrown in jail and refused bail.  He had to wait for his lawyer to fly in from California before he could be released.

He wanted to keep Miss Ann but all his star friends (Fats Domino, Check Berry, etc.) were buying the latest models and so he followed suit.  He bought a '57 model, painted purple.  he said, I used to wear the purple suits before Prince was even born!



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Perry, Lincoln Theodore Monroe (aka Stepin Fetchit)
[ early successful African American screen star ]

1928 Cadillac sport phaeton

Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry (May 30, 1902 – November 19, 1985), better known by the stage name Stepin Fetchit. Perry began entertaining in his teens as a comic character actor; his stage name was a contraction of "step and fetch it"; according to the entry in Ephraim Katz's The Film Encyclopedia, Perry borrowed his screen name from a racehorse that won him some money in his pre-Hollywood days.

He parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career, eventually becoming a millionaire, the first black actor in history to do so. He was the first black actor to receive featured screen credit in a film.

His typical film persona and stage name have long been controversial, and seen as illustrative of negative stereotypes of African-Americans; seen through a modern lens, Perry's "laziest man in the world" character can be "painfully racist" but also "subversive".







Pershing, (General) John

1919 Cadillac limousine and 1929 La Salle sedan

The 1917 Cadillac touring car was selected by the combined armed forces as the standard officers car
high ranking officers were assigned a more luxurious limousine style.  To thank him for leading the allied
troops to victory in Europe, in WW1, Cadillac employees pooled together to build for him the dark
blue, 1919 Cadillac Suburban (below, left); it was later presented to him as a gift.  Six thousand workers
participated in the project; all the parts were labeled for General Pershing's car and carried a small
American flag; the interior was trimmed in gold plate and the grille carried the General's four stars.
The 1929 La Salle (below, right) was used also by the General; this one carries only two stars



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[General Pershing also used (owned?) the 1929 LaSalle on the right]




Petain, Philippe
[Field marshal, Premier of France's Vichy regime during WW2]

1939 Cadillac Series 75 limousine

Accused of collaborating with the German invader, Pétain spent his last two days of freedom in Switzerland,
on April 24 and 25, 1945.  The day after celebrating his 90th birthday (April 24), he drove to the French border
crossing at Vallorbe, where he was arrested at 7 p.m. by the new French authorities and jailed in Paris'  Fresnes
prison. He was court marshaled and sentenced to death but the sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment

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A squad of Swiss soldiers stands to attention as the Field Marshal's
Cadillac car leaves the safety of Switzerland's neutrality

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This car is claimed by its owner to be the Petain car; it was sent to me by
William Benoit,  a French friend and Cadillac aficionado; the non-original, small, round
parking lights on the lower front fenders coud attest to the car's stay in Switzerland;
missing is the large, central foglight seen in other photos here



Philip [H.H. Prince]
[Duke of Edinburgh]

1954 Cadillac

While on a state visit to India in the late fifties, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, rode in this 1954 Cadillac.  Its owner had hoped to have the Prince ride in it again when he visited the country again in the late eighties.  However,  protocol did not allow it.



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Pickford, Jack
[Film Director of the Thirties]

Custom 1920-21 Type 59 Cadillac town car. This typical Harley Earl design was created  for Mr. Pickford, who was the older brother of silent-screen star, Mary Pickford.




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The "spoke wheels" are merely vinyl images to show what the real wheels looked like
[Photo: © 200
8, and courtesy of the owner, Steve Martin ]


Pickford, Mary (aka Gladys Smith)
[Star of the silent movies]

Custom speedster designed by Harley Earl for the shops of Don Lee; it belongs currently to aficionado, Steve Martin, who kindly sent the photo. It was built for Gladys Smith [aka Mary Pickford, the silent-screen star and younger sister of film producer Jack Pickford]. Upon close examination of the Earl creation built on a 1918 Cadillac chassis for Billy Burke, Director of the Siegfried Follies [see below] and after discussing the issue at length with Keith Lowden, curator of the Clive Cussler museum in Denver where the Burke car currently resides, Steve and Keith both reached the conclusion - which I support - that Harley Earl built BOTH cars.



Pius XII (1)
[H.H. The Pope]

1938 Cadillac Series 90 V16 town car, style 9053. This car is often attributed to Pope Pius XII although, in fact, it was orderd and built for a wwealthy Italian Countess whose daughters donated the car to  Cardinal Spellman of New York, after the death of theior mother in 1948. In February 15, 1950 it was transferred to Cardinal Clemente Micara of the Roman College and assigned a new license tag: #SCV 32. Cardinal Micara did not keep the car very long; on November 9, 1950 it went back into ownership of the Vatican State authorities and was assigned yet another license tag: #SCV 13.  It is rumored that HH the Pope rode in the car on occasion;  however, I have seen no documentary proof although the car did reside for some time in the Vatican garage, amid many other cars of the Vatican state.  



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The oval fender-mounted parking lights [at bumper level] and the small marker lights above the front wheel openings
are non-original;  these were required to be able to license the car in Italy; a new style parking lamp
was installed in France; the latter are still on the car at this writing

[ Photos:  courtesy Sig. Nicola Bulgari, Rome ]

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(right) HH Pope Pius XI, circa 1938
[Photos: ©2011, RM auction catalog]




Pius XII (2)
[H.H. The Pope]

1940 Custom-built Series 75 "throne" car

Fleetwood converted this standard Series 75 limousine with a special interior for Pope Pius XII. A New Jersey press cutting of July 14 (1940?) recorded that "a black Cadillac limousine was trucked through this city [in New Jersey] a few days ago, bound for the Vatican for Pope Pius XII; according to General Motors it was a conventional Series 75 priced at $14000". The car was described as having chrome, gold and walnut trim, a single back seat with a radio on one side and a writing shelf on the other.



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(Left) Interior of “Papal” 1940 Series 75 limousine
(note the style of corner reading lamps in this car)



Pius XII (3)
[H.H. The Pope]

1947 (?)  Series 75 limousine

The photo below shows the Pope leaving his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo aboard a Fleetwood limousine of  1947  vintage (you can tell by the shape of the corner reading lamps used after 1941)

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Compare the shape of the reading lamp
with the kind used by Fleetwood from 1938-1940






Poland [Council of Ministers of]

[Government official car]

1933 Cadillac Series 370 all-weather phaeton;
The photo was sent to me by a Cadillac enthusiast


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Polnareff, Michel

[French pop star]

1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

French pop star and composer/singer of the haunting Love me, Please Love me hit song of the sixties is featured here on the trunk of a '59 convertible.  Michel left France after the French government had objected to his naked butt being exposed all over Paris to advertise one of his shows.  Polnareff was not known for  good taste!




Porter, Cole
[Composer and musician ]

Custom 1955 Cadillac Series 60 Special sedan, like the car on the left,
which is a modified image from the 1955 Cadillac product brochure



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Powell, William

[30s and 40s screen star]

1931 Cadillac V8 convertible coupe

William Horatio Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984) was an American actor. He typically played highly confident characters, with a sophisticated sense of humor and wit.

A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was paired with Myrna Loy in 14 films, including the popular Thin Man series. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: for The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947).

Powell's most famous role was that of Nick Charles in six Thin Man films, beginning 1934.  He had a close relationship with actress Jean Harlow beginning in 1935, but it was cut short by her untimely death in 1937.

Powell died at the age of 91.



The star is seen here in an earlier shot with actress Carole Lombard;
Powell married the star in 1931; the marriage lasted just over two years;
they were divorced just 2 years later in 1933, though they too remained on good terms




Power, Tyrone

[Movie star]

1948 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr., (May 5, 1914 – November 15, 1958) was an American film and stage actor. From 1930s to the 1950s Power appeared in dozens of films, often in swashbuckler roles or romantic leads. His better-known films include The Mark of Zorro, Blood and Sand, The Black Swan, Prince of Foxes, The Black Rose, and Captain from Castile.

Though largely a matinee idol known for his striking looks, Power starred in films from a number of genres, from drama to light comedy. In the 1950s he began placing limits on the number of films he would make in order to have time for the stage. He received his biggest accolades as a stage actor in John Brown's Body and Mister Roberts.

For his services in the Pacific War, Power was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. He returned to the United States in November 1945 and was released from active duty in January 1946. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in the reserves on May 8, 1951. He was not recalled to active service during the Korean War.

In September 1958, Tyrone Power and his wife Deborah went to Madrid and Valdespartera, Spain to film the epic Solomon and Sheba, to be directed by King Vidor. She was worried about his health and asked him to slow down, but he pushed ahead with the movie. Power had filmed about 75 percent of his scenes when he was stricken with a massive heart attack while filming a dueling scene with his frequent co-star and friend, George Sanders. He died en route to the hospital; he ws 44 years old. Yul Brynner was brought in to take over the role of Solomon






Presidential Limousines


2001 armored Cadillac



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n the topic of presidential parade or security Cadillacs, I understand from Cadillac enthusiast,
Erik Calvino, Tokyo (1998) that the Smithsonian Institute warehouses near Dulles Airport
are home to dozens of rare Cadillacs.  Can anyone
confirm this?



Presley, Elvis (1)
[The King of Rock 'n Roll]

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The cars that Elvis bought and gave to his family and friends largely outnumber those he bought
for himself. I once heard it said that if all the Elvis Presley cars were put end to end, they would
reach twice around the globe!  For want of space we shall show only a handful of them in these pages.

[to view some Cadillacs with Presley connections, click here and here]




Qatar, Emir of
[Arab potentate]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

The Emir was an occasional neighbor of mine, in Versoix, near Geneva, Switzerland.  There, he kept a garage full of exotic cars, in the mid-seventies. When he was in Qatar, the Swiss chauffeur would let me in to look at them.  The most impressive, to me, were his 1959 and 1960 Eldorado Brougham models


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H.H. Queen Elizabeth II (1)
[Queen of the U.K.]

1951-52 Custom "Bubble-Top" parade coupe

On a state visit to Canada in 1951,   H.H. Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. and Prince Philip used this Series 62 convertible with a detachable, transparent plastic, flimsy "rain cover". 
More photos of the car are to be found in the "Dream Cars" section of the "Cadillac Database".

This is one of two Series 62 converibles so prepared and shipped to GM Canada for the royal visit of England's Princess Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh (later Prince Philip), a couple of years before she acceded to the British throne. It came to light during a Barrett-Jackson auction at Palm Beach, in 2011, where it sold for  $83,600 (inclusive of commissions). The most distinguishing feature is the soft, transparent vinyl top for use in inclement weather. There is a plaque on the dash attesting to the fact that it was used by the royal couple during their 35-day tour of Canada in 1951. An excerpt from the recent sales catalog description reads: ... this handsome 1951 Cadillac, with its distinctive clear vinyl top, has a dash plaque saying it was used as the Royal Parade Car, prior to her accession to the throne, and the Duke of Edinburgh during their 35-day tour of Canada in 1951. Completely restored to original form, as attested by the original GM invoice showing the car's shipment from Detroit into Canada. Car has no other documents. This distinctive car features a 331 CID V-8 engine with 4-barrel carburetor and larger radiator to prevent overheating in parades, automatic transmission, power steering, beige power top, power windows, and signal seeking radio. The unique clear vinyl top, easily mounted by one person with the canvas top stowed. This car is one of two known Series 62 Cadillac convertibles used during the Royal tour. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police drove the cars and provided security. At the conclusion of the tour the RMP provided brass dash plaques, as affixed to this car's dash, for those cars used by the Royals. Used sparingly, the car has been well maintained in an environmentally controlled environment. The car’s current owner, Alan Jackson of Purcellville, VA, said he bought the Cadillac in North Carolina. The top is a skeletal aluminum frame with clear vinyl that allowed both the Royals to stay warm and dry, and their well-wishers to be able to see them.

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Left: Period photo, 1951; right: the owner, restorer and vendor, Alan Jackson


On a state visit to Canada in 1951,   H.H. Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. and Prince Philip
used this custom-built "bubble-top" limousine.  More photos and a detailed description
of the car are to be found in the
"Dream Cars" section of the "Cadillac Database"

This very similar "plastic rain top" parade car is NOT a Cadillac;
it too was used by the newly-wed couple on their state visit to Canada





H.H. Queen Elizabeth II (1)
[Queen of the U.K.]

1951 Series 62 convertible

During the 1951 Canadian tour (above) the Queen was also invited to the White House
as  a guest of President  Harry Truman.

The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, rode on the parade boot of this car, outside the "Famous Players" movie theater in Washington, DC, in October of 1951


H.H. Queen Elizabeth II (2)
[Queen of the U.K.]

1957 Custom-built Cadillac "Bubble-Top" Eldorado Biarritz

On a state visit to the US in October, 1957,   H.H. Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. and Prince Philip were to use this custom-built "bubble-top" limousine specially designed and built by GM of Oshawa, Canada.  However, Her Majesty appears to have decided that  entering and alighting from the rear seat of a 2-door car would be "ungraceful", so she chose instead to ride in the Government's 1950 Lincoln "bubble top" limousine

GM of Canada released this statement to the press about the car:

OSHAWA, CANADA---A Cadillac with a crystal-clear Plexiglas top has been specially outfitted by General Motors of Canada for the use of the Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during the royal stay in Canada.

The "bubble" canopy, molded in one piece by A. V. Roe, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer in Toronto, has been fitted to an Eldorado Biarritz convertible to provide an unobstructed view of her Majesty by thousands who will line the streets during her visit to Ottawa.

The windproof and waterproof top is easily removable if true convertible weather prevails.

The car, complete with bubble, will be flown to Washington from Ottawa to be available for the royal party's arrival at the U.S. Capital.

Special interior lighting for night use is provided through the installation of small spotlights on each armrest. Another light will play from the floor between the two specially-installed bucket-type front seats. This illumination will insure the royal couple being visible at all vantage points at dusk and darkness.

The right-hand front seat has been specially designed to fold under the instrument panel to allow for maximum freedom of movement in entering and leaving the automobile. When the seat is folded, the entry space is about 30 inches -- equal to the width of a standard house door
[...this still did not allow for a graceful "royal" exit or entry].

The floor is covered from front to rear in deep-pile black carpetry. The upholstery and interior trim in genuine leather. The interior color scheme is black and white.





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In this 1957 parade, in NY, the Queen is riding in the Lincoln bubble-top;
immediately behind it is one of the '56 White House security cars and a '58 Edsel;
behind the security cars you can see the '57 bubble-top (far right)

[ cropped photos:  courtesy Charles Barnette, CLC ]




H.H. Queen Elizabeth II (3)
[Queen of the U.K.]

1959 Cadillac "Bubble-Top" Limousine-Landaulet

On a state visit to Canada in 1959,   H.H. Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. and Prince Philip used this custom-built "bubble-top" limousine.  More photos and a detailed description of the car are to be found in the "Dream Cars" section of the "Cadillac Database".







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Top: The car was flown from one venue to the next during the royal tour

Other photos: The royal couple somewhere in the province of Ontario in late June, 1959
[ Thank you, Jean-Michel Roux of Switzerland, for sharing with us many superb photos of this exceptional parade car ]

The "royal" car was later used during the Kennedy administration,
when John & Jackie visited Canada, very briefly, in May 1961





H.H. Queen Elizabeth II (4)
[Queen of the U.K.]

1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 limousine

During a second state visit to Canada in 1967, on the occasion of the country's "Expo 1967" this mildly customized Fleetwood limousine was placed at the disposal of the royal couple from England.

The Queen of England is reported to have owned also an armored Cadillac, built by Hess & Eisenhardt of Cincnnati, OH



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[ Photos:  Internet, May, 2007 - where the car was offered for sale on EBay ]




H.H. Queen Elizabeth II (5)
[Queen of the U.K.]

1975 Cadillac Eldorado

TOKYO — The first reigning British monarch to visit Japan boarded a British Airways DC8 with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. A rail strike forced her to fly to the ancient capital of Kyoto instead of going there via the high-speed Shinkansen. The Queen and her consort arrived on May 7, 1975 and went through a triumphal motorcade in this new Cadillac convetble; later they did a round of tours and state dinners before flying to Kyoto and touring western Japan, returning to Tokyo only a few hours before their departure (they were able to ride back by the Shinkansen, which striking Japan National Railway trainmen had offered to run for the Queen Saturday).

Before leaving, the royal couple went to the grounds of the magnificent Gehinkan, the recently refurbished state guest house that was designed in the style of the Palace of Versailles. There they planted an oak sapling to commemorate their visit and exchanged farewell handshakes with the Emperor and Empress. As they left,  a crowd of about 1,500 was confined to an elevated ramp about 200 feet from the plane — a nod to the experienced belief of police and airport officials that if an attack is made on a prominent person, it would likely be with a sharp instrument at close range. The ramp was festooned with Union Jack and Rising Sun flags that fluttered above a blue-lettered streamer reading, "Sayonara, Her Majesty the Queen."


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On a state visit to Japan in 1975,   H.H. Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. and Prince Philip
waved to the crowds from this Fleetwood series Eldorado convertible.




Quezon, Manuel L.
[ 1st President of the Philippines ]

1936 Cadillac Series 90 V16 custom town car

This car  was custom built by General Motors for the first president of the (former) Commonwealth of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon.  Records show that the vehicle arrived in the Philippines on November 4, 1937.

In 1938, the President gave the vehicle to General MacArthur as a gift for helping to train and organize the military of the (former) Commonwealth government.  MacArthur [see above] used the Cadillac throughout his tour of duty in the Philippines, until the outbreak of WWW2.    

After spending decades on display at Corregidor Islands, the car was shipped to Quezon City to form part of the memorabilia collection honoring former president Quezon.



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Facts and color photo supplied kindly by
Database user Irwin Kho of the Philippines

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[ Photos: by Craig Watrous and Robert De Mott, CCCA ]



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Rader, William, (Bill)
[GM/Cadillac test driver]

1927 La Salle roadster

Bill Rader was the test driver for all new Cadillac automobiles
in the late twenties and thirties




Rainier of Monaco, Prince
[Ruler of the Principality of Monaco]

The Prince had an interesting and eclectic collection of automobiles, including Cadillacs from 1953, 1954 and 1961; many of them were later sold at auction by his son, Prince Albert.

Left:  the late Prince Rainier; right, the reigning Prince, Albert, his son



The prince's 1953 coupe (the tail of his 1961 Fleetwood 75 limousine may be seen at far right)

Not sure if this is the regular Series 62 convertible, for 1954,
 or the more luxurious, bespoke Eldorado model

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[ Image (right): Badge of the Prince's collection ]




Rachandran, Ajit
[Indian potentate during British rule of India]

1930 Cadillac limousine

At least one of these was made with RHD and was acquired at the time by this wealthy Indian potentate.  That car has survived and is presently (2011)  being restored (in India) by the owner who bought the car in Indore from Mavendra Singh Barwani, many years ago. It is the only such model in existence today in India and carries body number 13 [Indian registration number: MKO 1214]



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[Photos and infor, courtesy of Ajit Ramchandran, the owner]




Reagan, Ronald
[ Former actor and former U.S. President ]

1949 Cadillac Series 62 convertible
1983-84 Cadillac parade limousine

1987-88 Cadillac parade limousine



Way before he became President of the USA
Ronnie he was already playing in the dirt

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1987-88 model

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Retired and on show, with updated grille and parking lights




Reynolds, Debbie
(or Joe Louis ???)
[the Screen  Star]
[or the heayweight boxing champ?]

1956 Custom Station Wagon

This car has been attributed to both the actress and the boxer; it was built for either star by Hess & Eisenhardt and is one of a dozen such cars built in the period 1955-56 for commercial use and as luxury transport for guests of the renowned Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado.



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The car was offered for sale by London's Khachadourian Gallery, at 60 Pall Mall, in 2006;
the gallery has a reputation as being "Europe's leading dealers on automobile art"



Redding, Otis
singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout ]

Otis Ray Redding (1941-1967) was a major artist in soul and rhythm and blues. Redding wrote and recorded the iconic "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" with Steve Cropper. Born and raised in Georgia, Redding left school at 15 to support his family, working with Little Richard's backing band, the Upsetters, and performing at talent shows for prize money. Initially popular mainly with African Americans, Redding later reached the broader American popular music audience.

Redding's premature death in a plane crash devastated Stax. He received many posthumous accolades, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received the honorific "King of Soul". In addition to "Dock of the Bay," his best numbers include "Respect" and "Try a Little Tenderness".






Reeves, Jim
[Country-Music Singing Star]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

James Travis Reeves was born in August, 1923, in Galloway, near Carthage, TX.  His warm, velvety voice labeled him a "crooner".  His Christmas songs are perennial favorites, including Silver Bells, Blue Christmas and An Old Christmas Card.  He died in July, 1964, a few weeks before his 41st birthday, when the small plane he was flying crashed in a severe thunderstorm.

This Web site will interest fans of the singer; it includes also some  information on the restoration of Reeves' Eldorado Seville.



The above color apparently is incorrect; the actual hue is Hampton Green, as seen at lower right)

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I couldn't sing country (or anything else) to save my life,
but I did own one of these myself,  back in the seventies





Reagan, Ronald
US President

[ see "White House Cars"]



De RETHY, Princess
[2nd wife of King Leopold III of Belgium]

Born Lilian Baels in Highbury, London,   on November 28, 1916, she secretly and morganatically wed King Leopold III of Belgium on September 11, 1941, just six years after the accidental death, in Switzerland,   of the King's first wife, Astrid of Sweden. The Princess died on June 7, 2002.

Not being of noble birth, the King's new wife could not be known as "Queen" Lilian so she was granted the noble title of   "Princesse de Réthy". None of her children had any claim on the Belgian throne, though they would be Princes or Princesses of Belgium.

Owing to controversy about his conduct during the war, Léopold III and his new wife and children were not allowed to return to Belgium (they had been imprisoned by the Germans, in Germany, during WW2) and they spent the next six years in exile in Switzerland. When he returned to Belgium in 1950, there were strikes,  protests and clashes between the public mnd the police, when several protesters were killed. To avoid tearing his country apart, and to preserve the new monarchy, King Léopold decided to abdicate on July 16, 1951 in favour of his then 20-year-old son Baudouin [see "Baudouin" in these pages also].

Princess de Réthy is reported to have owned this stately 1961, Series 75 limousine.






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Reynolds, Burt and
Anderson, Loni

[screen stars]

Mid-eighties Cadillac



Rhodesia (Governor of)
[under the successive reigns of British Kings Geroge V and George VI]

1930 Cadillac V8 all-weather phaeton, affectionately known by its current (German?) owner as Prince of Rhodesia

This car was once the official vehicle used by succeeding Governors of Southern Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe). It has RH drive, which was not very common on Cadillacs of this era.  As the official car of the Governor of Rhodesia, it served for state visits, royal occasions and official transport for  other high-ranking dignitaries. My research on Wikipedia has turned up the names of three Governors who may have made use of the parade car during their succeeding terms of offfice: Sir Cecil Hunter Rodwell (November 24, 1928 to May 1, 1934) , Sir Fraser Russell (acting Governor (from May 1, 1934 to January 8, 1935) and Sir Herbert Stanley (Governor from January 8, 1935 to January 8, 1942)

In the early 70s the car was brought to Cape Town, South Africa, and put on display in a car museum where it remained until the latter closed its doors in 2005. The owner shipped the car to his sister in California, where he hoped to sell the vehicle at a better price (despite its RH drive?).
The current owner spied the car on EBay and immediately boarded a flight to San Francisco. After a test drive there he made an offer for the car and a deal was struck. The car was then transported to Germany where it has been fully restoted. It is currently used as a parade vehicle for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate events.

For the history buffs, Rhodesia (named after Cecil Rhodes, whose British South Africa Company acquired the land in the late 19th century) is a wholly landlocked country bordered by South Africa (to the south), Botswana (south-west), Zambia (north-west) and Mozambique (east). For many years it was a part of the British Empire. The (mainly white) colony of Southern Rhodesia later changed its name to "Rhodesia" (in 1964) but only gained international recognition of its independence from Britain on April 18, 1980, when it became the Republic of Zimbabwe.






Rivers, Dick
[French Rock 'n Roll artist]

Many French pop stars have been photographed with this red
1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible; I believe it is a studio prop


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The baseball hero receiving the keys to a 1967 Cadillac Eldorado coupe 
from the management at Chesapeake Cadillac in Baltimore, MD


Robinson, Frank
[baseball star and coach of the Baltimore Orioles]

1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado coupe

Frank Robinson  was an outfielder, most notably with the Cincinnati Reds and the 
Baltimore Orioles.  He was a member of two teams that won the  World Series. 
He  amassed the fourth-most career home runs at the time of his retirement



Robinson, Ray "Sugar"
[boxing champion]

1950 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

Perhaps one of our Database users could add a few words
about Sugar Ray's illustrious boxing career.  All I can say
is that he earned enough prize-money to open his own club
and to buy this gorgeous (but wildly pink !) Cadillac.

Of course, this being a colorized photo, perhaps the car was actually  painted a light color other than pink!



The boxing champ in front of his own sports bar,
Sugar Ray enterprises



Robson, May

[screen celebrity]

1937 Cadillac sedan


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Rockefeller, Nelson

[son of John D., millionnaire and philanthropist]

1956 Custom Series 75 Limousine by Derham of Rosemont

The original owner of this custom limousine was Martha Baird Rockefeller, 2nd wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; it is the car the Rockefellers kept for city use at their home on 740 Park Avenue. The other "75" was their "country" car; it was kept at their estate, "Kykuit" (the "Lookout") in the Hudson Valley.  It may surprise you (and me) that my wife, Gita, is step-sister to the wife of John D.'s great-grandson, Rodman. Her Dad married Madeleine Von M., mother of Sascha Von M. who in turn wed  Nelson R.'s  eldest son.  Now, could I please borrow the car?







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Rodman, Dennis
[sports celebrity]

1959 Series 62 convertible


Rogers, Roy
[screen and singing star]

1947 Cadillac

The Western film star and singer, was a regular Cadillac customer.  In this publicity shot he is seen riding the hood of his latest new car


Photo: Cadillac Motor Car Division




Rogers, Will
[American cowboy, comedian and film star]

1932 Cadillac convertible coupe

William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world's best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.

Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son," Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure. By the mid-1930s, the American people adored Rogers. He was the leading political wit of the Progressive Era, and was the top-paid Hollywood movie star at the time. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed in Alaska.

Rogers' vaudeville rope act led to success in the Ziegfeld Follies, which in turn led to the first of his many movie contracts. His 1920s syndicated newspaper column and his radio appearances increased his visibility and popularity. Rogers crusaded for aviation expansion, and provided Americans with first-hand accounts of his world travels. His earthy anecdotes and folksy style allowed him to poke fun at gangsters, prohibition, politicians, government programs, and a host of other controversial topics in a way that was appreciated by a national audience, with no one offended. His aphorisms, couched in humorous terms, were widely quoted: "I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat." Another widely quoted Will Rogers comment was "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Rogers even provided an epigram on his most famous epigram:

When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read: "I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I dident [sic] like. I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved."

[Source:  Wikipedia]



The cute, curly-headed blonde on the running board is child star, Shirley Temple
[ Both stars were identified by CLC member, Ralph Messina ]




Rolling Stones, The
[British pop group]

1955 Cadillac Eldorado

Mick Jagger, took the wheel of this car for  publicity tour in the eighties or nineties


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Roosevelt, Franklin Delano [FDR]1
[32nd U.S. President]

1   Thanks to Cadillac buff and friend, Jay Friedman, for correcting Teddy to Franklin Delano (my mistake)



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Left: Roosevelt rides a Cadillac Auto Bus" in Glacier National Park, circa 1927
Right: his grand-daughter, Kate, rides the same car some 8 decades later

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Above: early thirties Cadillac (???)

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This 1933 Cadillac V-16 limousine is believed to have served
as an official White House car during the FDR administration

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(Left) Touring in Yellowstone National Park in a 1937 Cadillac convertible sedan
(Right) Participating in a ceremonial parade aboard a 1936 convertible sedan
[FDR is said to have owned also a 1938 Series 90 V16 limousine]

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This 1935 Fleetwood style 6275 flat-windshield limousine, with gun ports in the windshield and side glass, is purported to
have belonged also to FDR; it was for some years  part of the Imperial Palace collection, Las Vegas, NV;  anyone who viewed the "History Channel" 
episode of "Presidents" on Jan. 22, 2005, may have seen thi
s (or an identical V-16) during FDR's 2nd-term inaugural parade in 1936

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During FDR's third and fourth terms, from 1938 until he died in April, 1945, these two
custom-built, stretched Cadillac V-16 convertible sedans were used as White House
security cars; they remained in service under Harry Truman and Ike Eisenhower;
they were replaced by similar custom convertible sedans on the '56 Cadillac V-8 chassis



Roosevelt, Franklin D.
[former U.S. President]


Roosevelt, Theodore "Teddy", Jr.
[Governor of Puerto Rico in 1929]


Comment (from Terry Boyce of the CLC): Although you added a footnote to the photos appearing just above this one, correcting the caption to read Franklin D. Roosevelt, you apparently missed editing the caption for this photo ... Teddy Roosevelt died in 1920, so the Roosevelt in this picture would presumably have to be FDR, who succeeded Al Smith as Governor of New  York State in 1928 when Smith resigned to run for the U.S. Presidency. There is a very slight chance the personage could be Theodore Roosevelt, JR ... who became governor of Puerto Rico in 1929, but more likely it is FDR.

Guys,  I'm sorry for my obvious ignorance of American history!



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I hope I got this one right!  I believe this is Teddy Roosevelt
riding a '29 La Salle in a Broadway ticker-tape parade.  One
Database user suggests the rider might be Al Smith.  Confirmation?



Roosevelt, Mrs. Eleanor
[former U.S. First Lady]



This 1941 Cadillac coupe, style #6127,  currently in the Peterson collection
in California, originally belonged to former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt

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1959 Cadillac custom  Series 75 limousine
This car was offered for sale on the Internet in 2000

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This car was featured in an article by freelance journalist Willford Hill in a Grand Junction, CO, newspaper.
It was reported as having had five owners since Ms. Roosevelt bought it new, in 1959.  All windows
are said to be bullet proof, including the glass division. The article mentions the famous Cadillac
hood ornament
which, on this car, ...is conveniently attached to a cable to prevent theft (???)



Ross, Diana

Whether or not the singer owned it, this is the 1965 Cadillac Series 75 limousine
that was used for a photo shoot in 1966, when her popularity was on the rise.


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Roxas, Manuel
[former Premier of the Philippines, 1946-1949]

Another former president of the Philippines, Manuel Roxas (1946-1949) had a 1940 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 limousine. Currently [2001] the car is unrestored and deteriorating in an open lot. This car suffered the same fate as the 1955 limousine of President  Magsaysay (mentioned above), as did other former presidential cars.  It is described as tilted to one side on account of a flat tire; creeping rust has taken over and the body and windows are covered in thick dust.

The preceding facts were supplied kindly by Database user Irwin Kho of the Philippines.   Irwin sent the photo, below.  he says: The 1940 Cadillac was specially imported just for President Roxas' inauguration. I'm not sure if the picture (below)  is really the car, but judging by the light/mascot on the fender and vent beside the hood,  it sure looks like a '40 Cadillac.

It's a '40 all right, Irwin, and I doubt there would be many of them around in Manila. Also there appears to be a hole or anchor point on the fender (below the parking light)  where a flag stanchion might have been mounted



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[Photos: From enthusiast, Irwin Kho]




Rudolph, Wilma Glodean
[ Multiple Olymic medalist in Rome, 1960 ]

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Wilma was the 20th of 22 children born into a poor Tennessean family. Despite a crippling disease in her youth that required her to use a leg brace, Wilma willed herself to walk ... and then run! At the age of 12 she decided to become an athlete. She was a talented basketball player and earned a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. She earned her first Olympic medal (a bronze) in 1956, in Melbourne, Australia. In Rome, in 1960, she became thge first American woman to win three Olympic gold medals (100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter relay).

At a time when segregation was till ampant in the South, Wilma scored another "first" when her victory parade in Clarkville, TN, was declared open to everyone, and not segregated as had been the custon until then.



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Olympic triple-gold medalist, Wilma Rudolph,

parades through the streets of Clarksville, TN,
on the rear seat back of a 1957 convertible Cadillac
[ Photo: (center and detail right)  George Silk, LIFE Magazine]



Russell, Jane
[Hollywood screen star]

1954 Cadillac


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Photo (left): Cadillac Motor Car Division
Photo (right): Period ad showing Jane with car




Rutherford, "Judge" Joe
[one-time President of the Johovah's Witnesses]

1930-31 Cadillac V-16 all-weather phaeton

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (also known as the Jehovah's Witnesses) was founded in 1879 by Charles Taze Russell. After Russell's death in 1916,  Joseph F. Rutherford replaced him as President. He replaced many of Russell's writings with his own interpretations. Under his theocratic control, he adopted the name Jehovah's Witnesses. He died in 1942.

In 1929 Joe Rutherford built for himself a beautiful villa in San Diego, CA, as his winter palace.  He lived like royalty, drank imported liquor, smoked big cigars and drove Cadillac cars, while his followers endured the Great Depression.  He conned them into believing the house was built as a residence for the soon-to-return patriarchs such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; they would use the house as their headquarters to rule the world. Rutherford named the mansion, "Beth-Sarim" ("House of Princes" in Hebrew).  He predicted that at any moment God would murder every man, woman and child on the face of the earth, except faithful Jehovah's Witnesses.

Most Jehovah's Witnesses today know nothing about this scam. The property was quietly sold in the 1940's and Watchtower leaders have gone to great lengths to cover up this hoax.


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"Judge Rutherford" standing next to one of his 16-cylinder Cadillac cars. One was kept for his use in Brooklyn, NY, and the other at Beth Sarim, San Diego, CA
[ Photo: July 25, 1931 "Messenger" ]




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(résumé en français)

La Cadillac, symbole de luxe par excellence, a longtemps été la préférée de l'élite mondiale.  Parmi ses illustres propriétaires passés:  la reine Wilhelmine des Pays-Bas, le roi Baudoin de Belgique, le roi Gustaf de Suède de même que les Papes Pie XII et Jean XXIII. Aux Etats-Unis elle fut longtemps la favorite de la Maison Blanche sous Teddy Roosevelt, Ike Eisenhower, Richard Nixon ...et maintenant Bill Clinton. Rois et reines de l'écran les adoraient également (Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire...) comme le faisaient aussi d'autres "vedettes internationales" (Salvador Dali, Elvis Presley...) et même un certain Al Capone, dit "le balafré". 

Les automobiles Cadillac et La Salle jouissent depuis toujours d'une réputation justifiée d'élégance, de fiabilité et de confort.  Dans les années vingt (les "années folles") une campagne publicitaire fut orchestrée autour de la Cadillac, en France, par son importateur parisien, la société commerciale de vente d'automobiles SOCOVA. Dans la "who's who" de la firme furent cités cinq rois, deux reines, une princesse royale, huit princes, sept ducs et pas moins de dix-huit marquis et marquises.



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