15 years in the making, $2.3 million and 1,039 PS: the CadMad is the ultimate restomod

26-05-2023 12:00
A truly unique was built in the United States based on a 1959 Cadillac and a 1956 Chevrolet Nomad. The wagon took a decade and a half to finish and cost its creator an eye-watering $2,300,000. It was first sold four years ago and is now up for grabs in the USA again.

A truly unique was built in the United States based on a 1959 Cadillac and a 1956 Chevrolet Nomad. The wagon took a decade and a half to finish and cost its creator an eye-watering $2,300,000. It was first sold four years ago and is now up for grabs in the USA again.

The base of the build is a luxurious Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, a car that came out in the late fifties in a small production batch of 99 units. The upper body and the glass dome come from the Nomad model mentioned above. The proportions are different, however: the resulting car is roughly 450 mm (18 in) shorter, 100 mm (4 in) less wide and 50 mm (2 in) less tall than the original. The coachbuilding alone required 4,000 workhours to complete, and the 13-layer exterior finish allegedly cost $300,000.

No less impressive is the interior with Recaro bucket seats trimmed in body-matching Rose leather and a bespoke $7,000 dashboard. To give you an idea of the luxury involved, the trunk area alone is lined with a combination of three precious wood varieties. Overall, the styling stays true to the atmosphere of the early sixties.

Powering the CadMad – this is what the restomod is called – is a 10.3-liter V8 turbocharged to 1,039 PS (1,025 hp / 724 kW). The brakes, the steering and the suspension all benefit from driver-friendly mods.

The Mecum Tulsa sale will take place on June 9-10, 2023.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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