Get under the skin of this 1960 Cadillac, and you’ll find an incredible array of modern touches and upgrades, all of which keep the classic style wonderfully intact. Now, the Roadster Shop is profiling the custom build in the following video.
The first thing the Roadster Shop addressed was the 1960 Cadillac’s ride and handling. This thing absolutely had to have a “floating-going-down-the-road feel,” as expected of the luxury marque, but with the performance and handling of a modern vehicle to boot. To that end, the Roadster Shop went with its Ride Line chassis, which includes custom independent front and rear suspension, with a narrower front and rear cross member, longer control arm spec, and longer shocks paired with longer and lighter springs.
Outside, this 1960 Cadillac keeps the original style more or less factory, with a sleek silver paint job and head-turning Bill Mitchell-era lines. In keeping with the theme, Roadster Shop went to Evod for a set of Cadillac hubcap style wheels, which offer similar styling as the classic Caddy, but are sized at 18 and 19 inches in diameter. This allows the clearance needed for larger Brembo brakes, while white wall tires complement the look. The ride height was also lowered by several inches.
As for the engine spec, this 1960 Cadillac is now powered by an LS3 V8 topped by a Magnuson supercharger, with output rated at a stout 859 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque. To keep the proper under-hood look sans plastic, Roadster Shop grabbed the original Cadillac valve covers and adapted them fit onto the LS3. There’s also a new engine cover that is designed to look like the original air cleaner. It’s a clever solution, and looks amazing under the hood.
The LS3 connects to the rear wheels through 6L90 six-speed automatic from Bowler Performance, providing smooth shifts for easy around-town motoring.
Moving into the cabin, JK Automotive is responsible for the one-off interior, installing period-correct GM fabric that works amazingly with the silver exterior. The cabin boasts a laundry list of custom touches, including new wood panel, polished trim, and digital instrumentation.
Check out the full build in the nine-minute video below: