A custom 1959 Cadillac Wagon nicknamed ‘Cadmad’ has taken the coveted Don Ridler Memorial Award at the 2019 Detroit Autorama custom car show.
The Cadillac, which was built by Jordan Quintal Sr. and his team at Super Rides By Jordan in Escondido, California, started out life as a 1959 Eldorado Brougham. These cars are already considered to be special, having been hand-built by famed Italian styling house Pininfarina in Italy, but the custom work on this build is truly remarkable.
As Hot Rod Magazine reports, the Cadmad’s frame and body were shortened by 18.5 inches, the rear doors were removed, the front doors were stretched 6 inches and the body was narrowed 4 inches to fit the chopped wagon roof, which is lifted from a Chevrolet Nomad. Under the hood is a 632 cu. in. V8 with twin 88mm turbochargers built by Nelson Racing Engines. The motor is capable of making well over 1,000 hp and up to 950 lb-ft of torque, although it’s not clear what it’s producing in the Cadmad. It’s also not clear what transmission it’s paired with.
This car allegedly took around 16 years to come to fruition. Unfortunately, the man who commissioned this car, hot rod enthusiast Steve Barton, passed away before he could see it completed. His brother Craig displayed the car in his honor at the 2019 Detroit Autorama.
The Cadmad beat out a number of other General Motors vehicles for the 2019 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award, including a 1964 Pontiac Acadian, a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
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(source: Hot Rod)