In 1953, style was spelled C-A-D-I-L-L-A-C

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The two-door hardtop convertible design looks great but Cadillac designers acknowledged the difficulty of access to the back seat when then gave the rear-seat passenger assistance. The act of pushing the back of the right front seat forward automatically moves the cushion of the front seat forward in a swiveling motion to provide more space for passengers entering the back seat.

When the Cadillac left the factory it was a hair less than 18 feet long. That was before the Continental kit was added to the rear of the car.

The 4,189-pound Cadillac is supported by four-ply, 8.00x15-inch low-pressure tires mounted on optional chrome-plated heavy-gauge steel wire wheels on a 126-inch wheelbase.

The low-pressure tires with the independent knee-action front suspension contribute to the cushy Cadillac ride.

The 20-gallon gasoline tank is filled through a concealed gasoline cap located beneath the left taillight. The incorporated backup lights were standard equipment in 1953, as were the signal indicators. A pair of spotlights with mirrors on the back aid the driver’s visibility to the rear while the exterior sun visor detracts from visibility.

Providing power to all this luxury is a 331-cubic-inch overhead-valve V-8 engine developing 210 horsepower. A huge oil-bath air cleaner is mounted about the four-barrel carburetor, which, by the way, has an automatic choke.

While sifting through the documents detailing the 15-year-long restoration of the car, Mr. Preston came across an item showing that it had been purchased from a junkyard in Mount Home, Idaho, in 1979. The accompanying photographs show in detail just how far the Cadillac has come after being rescued. Sitting in the two-tone gray nylon cord and broadcloth interior with dark gray harmonizing carpet, the background of the car is difficult to believe.

When new, the Cadillac had a base price of $3,571 and 14,353 models were sold. The air-conditioned versions were easy to spot by the air scoops above the rear fenders.

Most of the air conditioning took place in the trunk of the car and the cool air was blasted up through plastic plumbing into the car through four ceiling vents.

Mrs. Preston, a corporate comptroller for Clyde’s, occasionally will drive her classy Cadillac when visiting one of the restaurants in midday when there is plenty of parking.

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