SEMA Preview: One-off Cadillac Coupe De Ville Wild Cad

Article by Christian A., on September 1, 2010

A customized Cadillac Series 62 Coupe De Ville dubbed as the Wild Cad will be seen at the Showcase of Kustoms Motorama as well as at the upcoming 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show this November.

The customization process for this Cadillac Series 62 Coupe De Ville took around six years. Mario and Catriona Colalillo -- the Harrington Park couple who worked on this vehicle -- were awarded for their efforts as the Wild Cad was one of two Australian creations named at the top 50 at the biggest custom car show in the world.

Creators Mario and Catriona Colalillo hope that their one-off 1955 Cadillac Coupe De Ville will take the D-elegance category.

The Wild Cad is powered by a 7.4-liter 454 big block Chevrolet engine as paired to a Turbo 400 transmission. It features a 1955 Desoto grille, fully exposed chassis rails as well as a nine-inch rear end. The interior of the Wild Cad comes equipped Thunderbird seats and a center-mounted 1959 Chevy instrument cluster. According to, the special exterior paint of this one-off Cadillac Coupe De Ville Wild Cad is estimated at AU$200,000.

Colalillo said that the car has plenty of features that are “out of the ordinary.” In his estimate, the couple spent thousands of hours on building the car during the six-year period. Nonetheless, the last few years of building the car had been a “bit of an obsession” for the couple, Colalillo admitted.

The Cadillac Series 62 is a series of popular cars from Cadillac, as produced from 1940 to 1964. Also marketed as the Sixty-Two and the Series Sixty-Two, the Series 62 became the Cadillac Series 6200 in 1959, as the Cadillac Calais in 1965.

Cadillac introduced the Series 62 Coupe de Ville for 1949 model year. It was one of the first hardtop coupes produced without pillars. It boasted of leather upholstery and as well as chrome bows in the headliner. In 1950, the Series 62 Coupe de Ville underwent major styling revisions. It was made lower yet sleeker. It gained longer bonnet as well as one-piece windshields. Its engine was paired to a Hydra Matic transmission as standard.

In the 1951 model year, the Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville gained a Coupe de Ville script on the rear roof pillar. This model was basically the most popular Cadillac at the time. Cadillac sold 81,844 units of the Series 62 Coupe de Ville, accounting for 74 percent of Cadillac sales.

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