Cadillac sedans and coupes have been the good vehicles on Sundown Boulevard and Las Vegas strip again within the 1970s, however station wagons? Probably even cooler, primarily based on who drove them.
Elvis and Dean Martin every had one, as did comic Bob Newhart, who was within the prime of his profession and staring in his namesake TV present. They weren’t from the manufacturing facility, however have been customized made in minuscule numbers by boutique automotive builder ASC. That makes them uncommon finds right now.
Elvis’ 1972 Deville-based wagon was bought at public sale in 2011 for $62,500, whereas Martin’s has been lacking for years. However Newhart’s is seemingly now up for public sale on Ebay in San Diego, and the value could also be very proper for followers of luxurious household vehicles and comedy legends.
It was created by attaching the roof and tailgate from a Buick Property onto a 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. The era-appropriateness of its burgundy over burgundy coloration scheme is matched solely by the velour upholstery and wooden trim.
It’s being bought by the household of its second proprietor, a automotive collector named Clyde Orman Reinke Sr. who handed away final 12 months. His spouse recollects him telling her that he got here to personal it as the results of a card sport in Las Vegas within the mid-1990s, however isn’t fairly certain.
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Based on his son, he didn’t drive it that a lot as a result of it had lower than 10,000 miles on it and he wished to protect it as finest he might. It nonetheless runs, however wants some electrical work.
Newhart’s consultant hasn’t responded to a request from Fox Information Autos to authenticate its historical past, however the tackle on its registration matches Newhart’s on the time.
The opening ante is $20,000, which is what the proprietor stated he wished to promote it for some day, however the public sale runs by Tuesday, March 19, so be at liberty to boost.
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This story has been up to date with the proprietor’s identify