You may, or may not be aware of a long-gone American automotive company by the name of Duesenberg. Duesenberg, or Duesy, was responsible for some of the most iconic automotive designs throughout the roaring 1920s, and into the 1930s depression era.
Why are we talking about Duesenberg when the headline clearly reads for a Cadillac? Because we’re almost positive the builder of this 2008 Cadillac XLR was dreaming up some sort of modern interpretation of the Duesenberg when they set out to complete this custom build.
Officially titled a 2008 Cadillac XLR Godfather Roadster, the 2008 XLR started life in factory form before being handed over to Palazzi Motorcars for an extreme conversion. The seller states 4,000 hours of labor have gone into this vehicle, for better or for worse. The build is supposed to represent a cross between long-gone classic styling, and modern convenience. Inside, the XLR’s navigation and modern head unit remain.
Power still comes from the original 4.6-liter Northstar V8 (there’s an engine configuration we haven’t heard in a while) and produces 320 hp. All original mechanical bits remain, and only 9,465 miles have been put on this oddity of a Cadillac.
The seller is asking $89,000, clearly to make up for the build cost, since that price approaches territory of an, at the time, brand new Cadillac XLR-V. Whatever your opinion, it is interesting to look at. You can see more photos at the car’s eBay listing here.