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1960 Cadillac Series 64
Was I going to ship it back to Portland, Oregon, just for THAT "minor inconvenience"?
But the dream had to end
Compared to today's prices (and moreso to the prices this model was fetching in the late eighties), at "only" $5,000 she was a cheap set of wheels, back in 1983, when we bought her "sight unseen" from a less-than-scrupulous vendor in Portland, Oregon (I notice, by the way, that he still advertises his business, twenty years later, on the Internet and in the popular auto hobby publications).
Soon after her arrival in Switzerland and before putting any more money into her, we tried to sell the (not yet) Pink Lady while she was still painted powder blue. There were no takers; that front seat with a different design to the rear one seemed to put off most potential buyers!
Finally, we decided on a full restoration, hoping to cash-in on the super-Cadillac boom market in gthe late eigthies. She was bid up to a comfortable five-figure amount, both at a semi-private auction in Geneva and, later, at a Kruse auction in Luxembourg. We rejected these bids.
Finally, we sold her to a private collector in Zürich, Switzerland, right off the back of the car-hauler that was bringing her home to Geneva after the failed Luxembourg auction. In fact the buyer had attended the auction, followed the hauler home and saved himself the Kruse commission by buying the car directly from me.
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