Industry has a glut of 3-year-old vehicles coming off lease
One of the 1960 Cadillac sales brochures invited prospective new car buyers to visit their Cadillac dealer for a 10-mile demonstration drive, following which buyers could learn “the pleasant facts about how easily and economically you can own the “car of cars."I don’t know if David Williams would toss you the keys to let you drive this Cadillac Eldorado Birarritz for a 10-mile drive, but perhaps if you left $149,995 (the asking price) in cash, on his desk, he might consider your request.One word describes this very special automobile ... stunning.I have always loved the 1960 model and I owned a Coupe de Ville back in the '80s. The iconic ‘59 Cadillac, famous for its high sailing tailfins and rocket ship taillights, is memorable for its over-the-top styling. But, in my book, the toned down and refined styling, both front and rear, of the similar 1960 model was a vast improvement.Talk about a head-turner. I doubt if you could find a better example than this rare (only 1,075 produced) Eldorado ragtop, dressed out in lipstick red with a white-as-snow leather interior trimmed in matching red.The market may say it’s worth 150-grand ... I say it is priceless.See all the details at fastlanecars.com. Or call Fast Lane Classic Cars at 636-940-9969. In either case, please be sure to tell them The FIN MAN told you about it right here in the Old Car Column.Upcoming eventsOur two biggest events of the season are right around the corner.First up is the Concours d’Elegance show, put on by the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri, on April 16, at the upper Muny parking lot in Forest Park. Here, you will find stock vehicles from the early 1900s to 1992. Find my TKCS-StL booth near the food concessions on the upper lot. On the lower lot, you’ll find hundreds of custom cars, trucks and bikes in a show held by the St. Louis Street Rod Association (they call it “the real Easter Car Show”).Then, join us for the 29th annual Cobblestone Nationals Car Show on Memorial Day (May 29), at Fast Lane Classic Cars, 427 Little Hills Industrial Blvd., in St. Charles. This is a huge event and is always a fun day."Tri-Power Trivia" returns next week. And stay tuned right here for the date and location of the next "Breakfast With The FIN MAN."Meanwhile, Keep on Cruisin’.Bruce Kunz, a.k.a. "THE FIN MAN," is a member of the Society of Automobile Historians. If you love old cars and care about kids, visit thefinman.com.
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