V8 Stroker Auto Classic Vintage Collector Boyd Coddington Pink Comp JE
This 1957 Cadillac Series 62 is an award-worthy classic that has everything from a big fuel-injected heart to a feature-filled leather interior. And not only is it an awesome custom total construction, but also it was built by hot rod royalty. Yes, this is Boyd Coddington’s actual creation! So dig into all the details on this pearlescent pink full custom build done by a true master.
If you know Boyd’s show, then you should already know this coupe. They were commissioned by Hershey to make a car specifically to launch an Elvis-themed banana and peanut butter version of Reese’s Cups. So what better way to say Elvis than with a pink Cadillac?
The color met with some contention on the show during the initial discussions, but once it was on the car, the vibrant hue and the deep metallic glow proved that Boyd really knew style. Coddington is all about sleekness. So to complement the paint, he eliminated the badging and door handles. And yes, he even took some of the chrome trim away from this Caddy. It’s hard to argue with this results, because he made the rear panels smoother and the iconic tailfins crisper. Plus, all the best brightwork is still in place.
The chrome front bumper is integral to the front end, and it’s shining and complete, right down to the Dagmars. The same level of shine and style is seen in the rear. And if you were a fan of American Hot Rod, you know those big and bright wheels were Boyd’s favorite for this car.
Inside is a tasteful and comfortable leather interior by the master Gabe Lopez. The full custom setup is just as thoughtful as the exterior. That’s why the white upholstery has a hint of bold pink to match the exterior color that returns on the dash. Even the markings on the speedometer were turned pink to coordinate!
The interior continues the sleek theme, and so the dash is smoother and cleaner than even the original Caddy. They still filled this with all the best features, but now they are hidden in the custom center console. It includes power windows, an AM/FM/CD/DVD/XM stereo, and air conditioning. You even have an LCD screen and unique Reese’s badging with Boyd’s engraved signature.
Coddington creates real driver’s cars, and so this Caddy was built to stay a comfortable cruiser. That includes a steering wheel that matches the exterior wheels mounted on a tilt column. And the satellite navigation is tuned in and ready to take you to Graceland.
The engine bay continues the award-worthy style. Sure, you’ll be mesmerized by the bold and sleek pink that’s everywhere from the inner fenders to the engine block.
But also you can see a touch of chrome on pieces like the valve covers, brackets, and custom air grabber that really show the thoughtfulness of the whole build. And because Coddington is a true hot rod master, the motor is far more than just for show.
He started with Cadillac’s largest powerhouse, the 500 cubic-inch V8, and made it even bigger. This is a 540ci stroker motor that’s fully built to include JE pistons, a Comp Cams camshaft, Melling Oil Pump, fuel injection, and headers feeding the dual exhaust. And as you look at the undercarriage, the photos prove how detailed the build is and how fresh it still looks from its time on the show. But a car like this was made for driving, and so it also features a three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes.
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Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States