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Cadillac Show at Keyser Cadillac

Just returned from the 23rd Annual Car Show of the Western New York Region Cadillac-LaSalle Club, which was sponsored by and hosted at Keyser Cadillac in Williamsville. And as usual, if you weren’t watching where you were going you could have had  an eye poked out by a tail fin or two.

'59 Sixty-Two coupe

This beautiful 1959 Sixty-Two coupe was being shown by just its second owner, who has had it for about a year. It had been parked in a barn since the 1970s when he bought it, and it’s all original, right down to the brake pads. I’m hoping to do a feature article on it soon for You Auto Know.

Fred's '74 Coupe de Ville

Then at the other end of the spectrum was this 1974 Coupe de Ville, which turned just about every head at the show when it made a fashionably late entrance. The owner, a snazzily-dressed guy named Fred, told me he saved it from the crusher at a junkyard in Oregon. All of the work you see he’s done himself. And yes, he did drive it across the country when he moved here from Oregon — towing a trailer, no less! The side pipes are actually functional (although the inner fenders had to be sacrificed); the hood is front-hinged because those heavy-metal horns mounted on the edge were just to heavy for it to open (and stay open) normally. To complete the package, pressing the horn button emits a cattle-call. Very moo-ving.

'56 Series Sixty-Two

'58 Fleetwood Sixty Special

This red-and-white 1956 Series 62 coupe drew a big crowd, as did all of the cars from that era, including the white 1958 Fleetwood Sixty Special.

'75 Coupe de Ville

'74 Eldorado

Colorful factory paint jobs weren’t limited to the ’50s cars, as evidenced by this beautiful Lido Green 1975 Coupe de Ville, and this Diplomat Blue 1974 Eldorado convertible.

'85 Eldorado Biarritz

Just because Cadillac didn’t make an Eldorado convertible in 1985 didn’t mean you couldn’t buy one. Converted by an aftermarket company but sold through Cadillac dealers, these cars, I’d say, definitely look better with the top down. And check out that cozy, comfy-looking interior!

'82 Seville

And then there’s the bustle-backed 1982 Seville sedan, a car either loved or hated by purists — there’s no middle ground here. I kind of liked this plainer, monotone version rather than the padded top, two-toned versions you often see at shows.

A fun afternoon… and I managed to leave just in time, as it started hailing as I headed up Sheridan drive back to Tonawanda.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know