Your typical late thirties or early forties Cadillac LaSalle two-door isn’t worth much more than $25,000, but this custom 1940 ‘LowSalle’ currently for sale on eBay commands a much higher asking price. With a chopped roof, an impossibly low body and custom wheel well covers, we barely recognized this as a product from the Alfred Sloan-conceived General Motors division.
If you’re in the market for a custom, the ‘LowSalle’ seems like a good bet. According to the listing, the car won the “Best Early Kustom” award at the West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals and also competed for the GoodGuys “Kustom of the Year” and Sacramento Autorama’s “America’s Most Beautiful Kustom,” titles. Better yet, the car isn’t just a stationary show piece, with the seller claiming it was built from the ground up to be a “driven show car.”
This build was started in 2008 and finished in 2012. The chopped roof, all the bodywork and all the metal fabrication was done by Frank DeRosa Sr. and Jr., two ‘Hall of Fame’ legends in the hot rodding community. The pair also completed the majority of the interior work, which involved swapping in parts from a 1965 T-Bird and the dash from a 1949 Mercury. We could stare and drink in this custom Cadillac’s curves and impeccably finished interior all day, so it would seem they’ve done a nice job.
As you can imagine, a prestigious show car built by two of the most skilled hot rodders around won’t go cheap. The Auto Appraisal Network put its worth at about $147,000, however the seller has chosen to start the bidding at just $80,000. Check out the listing here for additional information and photos.