This car was sold new at Lindburgh Cadillac of Jefferson City, MO to O.B. or Tottie L. Crawford of Columbia, MO. We have a copy of the original title! Certainly they gave it great care and storage, as it is very original.
They purchased a nicely optioned car. It has power steering and brakes, power seat and antenna, power windows, Autronic eye, pushbutton AM radio with station seeking, air conditioning, EZ-Eye glass and undercoating.
A member of the family had it repainted about twenty years ago. At that time, the weather stripping was also replaced. The finish is professional and exceptional. The car languished in storage for about forty years!
A man from Iowa bought the car and began the improvements. He had it tuned, rebuilt the carburetor, had new brakes installed and put on radial tires. The exhaust system is new, as is the fuel tank and lines. He successfully sourced a reconditioned rear bumper and had it installed. That was a $2000 bill!
But the car was not driven. Just enough to load it up with gas and crud. It needed to be exercised. When I bought it, the rings were stuck. We used a few of our tricks to remedy the situation. Now it starts and runs, without clouds of smoke. It goes down the road in wonderful fashion. I have had it to 85mph and there was more left.
The interior is original. The front seat was professionally covered, likely when near new. It seems there are no faults beneath the cover.
The chrome and stainless on this car are amazing. Often times, the chrome get pitted. The original front bumper looks great. The rear bumper is mint!
We found a few things that still need attention. The wipers and horn don’t work, the radio doesn’t play and the power antenna needs to be installed. The Air conditioning will turn to on, but needs to be re-charged with Freon. I am guessing you will wish to convert it to 134a.
Interesting enough, the power windows and seat work perfectly. I haven’t driven it at night to know if the automatic dimming headlights are actuated by the Autotronic Eye.
This is a fantastic car. The body is super straight and without repair. The paint is show worthy, as is the chrome. The interior is nice enough that it won’t embarrass you. There is a lot to clean and polish, but the effort is worth it when you hear the accolades.