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I bought this old thing in 1976 for a whopping $285. Drove it about 5 or 6 years until it basically died from exhaustion. The original 365 engine froze on me one night due to a lack of antifreeze, so later I put in a 390 from a '62 Caddy. It also had a 1970 Coupe de Ville front seat. The wheels and tires came off a friend's 1973 Buick Riviera that was about to be repossessed. Must have smoked a ton of reefer in that ol' thing, the vanity plate read: "STONED" (hey, it was the '70s!) :eyebrow:

One night I was in a high speed chase due to dragging a plainsclothes officer who was holding on to my door handle, was caught at a roadblock and got the crap beat out of me and thrown in the slammer. The car was impounded, and the next day went to get my guitar out of the trunk, there was no fence, so I got in and hauled ass. Was arrested a few days later for stealing my own car. They had to drop the charges due to the fact it was my car. LOL! Don't worry, they still got some of the other charges to stick!

Eventually parted it out, so there's pieces of it all over North America and Europe. Sure miss that old thing. Anyway, here's a few pictures.
 

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Sharp car! Although first thing I would have done to it = white top. That would be a hell of a car to toke out in, too bad that was before window tinting.

And I must admit, as I read through it's history, I started to hear Johnny Cash in my head, lol
 

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Yeah Ben a white (maybe cream colored) top would have been nice. Actually the car was originally some shade of blue. It had been repainted a few years before I purchased it.

Here's a picture that shows the front end a few weeks after hitting a medium sized deer (doe) at 60 mph. Not a scratch, only slightly warped the grille a little. Try doing that with a new car!
 

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Love the story!
 

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I do classic car inspections for a buying service as a freelance gig whenever one is in my area. In 2002, I was still living in Phoenix and drove to Safford in SE Arizona to inspect a '58 Coupe de Ville. What a great car! I was expecting a floaty boat, but like my '64 Impala, it was very smooth and solid on the road without any float or wallow. I believe it still had the original engine, and that car would get up and move. That '58, along with the '67 Jaguar XK-E and the '62 Corvette, were probably my favorite inspections.
 

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Great reminder of why we all love our old war horses. 1958 is one of my favorite years for Cadillac, and the coupes are really awesome!
 

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In August 1979 I tried my best to trade the '58 on a brand new '79 Coupe de Ville at a Cadillac dealership in Durham NC. All the salesman could do was laugh at my ride. :bigroll:
He just couldn't see the inner beauty like you guys can! Thanks. Kinda funny how I ended up with a '79 after all.
 
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In August 1979 I tried my best to trade the '58 on a brand new '79 Coupe de Ville at a Cadillac dealership in Durham NC. All the salesman could do was laugh at my ride. :bigroll:
He just couldn't see the inner beauty like you guys can! Thanks. Kinda funny how I ended up with a '79 after all.
While a '79 is a fine car, I would have held on to the '58. Way cooler!. :thumbsup:
 

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I'm already looking back at the cars I should've kept and I'm only 27. I can only imagine some of the cool rides you've been around over the years. Alot of my older friends keep me amused with thier stories of old Caddys & muscle cars they've owned.
 

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Here is the '58 Limo I bought back in 1982 for $300 just like it sits. Was a blast to drive that thing. Shoulda kept that one too! Behind it was my daily driver at the time, a near-mint 1969 Eldorado, white with black vinyl top. That's the car I got married on. Wish I still had that too. I am quite happy with my '79, it may not have the vintage vibe like some of the Caddys I've had, but it gives me my Cadillac fix.
 

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saw a vert 58 last night on house of 1000 corpses shit reminded me of urs with the color scheme. damn ur coupe was too sick.
 

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Behind it was my daily driver at the time, a near-mint 1969 Eldorado, white with black vinyl top. That's the car I got married on. Wish I still had that too.
I thought I was the only one who got married in an old Caddy. I used my 78 in my wedding this March. The car got compliments all night long...I laughed b/c my wife originally wanted me to use my MB E500.... I knew that big ass dress wouldn't fit. That's a job only the Fleetwood could handle.

 
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