Mid Century Cadillacs

General Category => Mid Century Cadillac Discussion => Topic started by: Lexi on March 20, 2019, 10:14:48 AM

Title: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on March 20, 2019, 10:14:48 AM
There is something about the look of abandoned vintage cars. I have always been drawn to them, especially Cadillacs. Thought I would start this post by giving us the opportunity to drool over these rusty relics and even add your own photos if you wish. Included in this first grouping is a 1956 Series 75 Imperial Limousine that I spent 2 hours in the snow and cold extracting the division window and mechanism from. Lexi's was cracked so this donor car saved the day. Falling snow didn't help, but a fun day was had by all. Other images show a '54, '55 and a '59 with a slightly crushed roof. Enjoy! Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: South_paw on March 20, 2019, 04:57:15 PM
Ever the optimist. I'm always looking at the trim tags whenever I see cars like this. Never know, there could be a junker sitting there that is body #1 or a special order car thats a factory custom.
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on March 20, 2019, 08:51:31 PM
Yes, good point. Unfortunately I did not check the tags. Those in the yard where I took these shots are all gone now. So sad. Clay/Lexi
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Post by: PHIL WHYTE CLC 14192 on March 21, 2019, 02:30:06 AM
I need to dig out my old photos (real ones, not digital!). I used to visit a friend who lived near Lithonia Ga. And on the road out of town (the road is called Klondike) there was parked a 52 Cadillac. We stopped to take some photos with my wife taking the lead. Anyway all was fine then she started doing a strange dance and shouting, she'd upset some fire ants. We managed to get them off her but she had quite a few bites. Strangely she didn't think it was as funny as I did🤣🤣🤣
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on March 21, 2019, 07:52:29 AM
Yes, dig 'em out if you can find them. While not Cadillac related, I helped some friends dismantle their haunted attraction when they closed down the business in 2010. Packed my car with ghoulish props to transport to their storage destination. On the highway I suddenly felt itchy. Everywhere in the car were ants crawling all over the place. One of the props had an ant's nest inside it and the critters were now crawling all over the inside of my vehicle including the headliner, seats the windows and even the steering wheel. It was a brutal drive back. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on March 27, 2019, 10:40:34 PM
I call this one "A gathering of Fins". Enough said. Clay/Lexi
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Post by: Lexi on April 05, 2019, 10:39:37 AM
A sad looking '56 peers out of it's sunken grave. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: South_paw on April 05, 2019, 04:53:46 PM
Here is a few from right here in the photo gallery,

(http://midcenturycadillacs.com/gallery/1-201115194814-3011857.jpeg)

(http://midcenturycadillacs.com/gallery/1-201115194811-3002097.jpeg)

(http://midcenturycadillacs.com/gallery/medium_1-201115194802-2962305.jpeg)
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on April 06, 2019, 09:44:27 AM
I can't get enough shots of abandoned cars especially Cads. While I would prefer to see them on the road, there is a creep factor in seeing them returning to nature that I find appealing. Those who read my posts know that I like horror films, and for several years I assisted my buddy & his business in building professional Haunted Attractions for the amusement industry. I also built my own. We also used to tour pro Haunts all over North America to keep in touch with what was happening in that industry.

One of the best I have ever seen was Haunted Hoochie, an extreme Haunt located in Columbus, Ohio. I mention this as they have a huge set piece that replicates an old auto graveyard. Stacks of real vintage cars form the walk through, with some having dimly lit lights in some of their old headlights which make the vehicles appear to be watching you. Can't recall if there are any old Cadillacs but there is a stack of cars that creak and groan, then one of the stacks falls towards you...of course just stopping in time so no one gets hurt. Would love to see the welding job and animatronics that control this prop. They must have bought out an old auto wrecking yard as lots of cars from the 40s and 50s. All car guys would love to see this, (see pic).

Keeping this Cadillac related, have a look at this sorry looking '56 Caddy rotting away. It has been there so long that enough soil has blown up on the roof to support plant life! When I see them like this I always ask myself, "How could I fit that into my Haunt"? Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on April 19, 2019, 09:13:44 PM
Another sad looking '56 wreck. Clay/Lexi
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Post by: Lexi on April 25, 2019, 11:04:32 PM
One of my dream cars. A 1954 or '55 Superior Coup de Fleur Flower car, sits rotting away. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on May 12, 2019, 04:21:33 PM
Some of these I posted a long way back, others are first timers. I call this one "Hide the Cadillac". Can you see where they are? Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Roger Zimmermann on May 13, 2019, 01:51:48 AM
Last picture: next to the Hudson, there is a 57/58 Brougham!
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: PHIL WHYTE CLC 14192 on May 13, 2019, 03:24:24 AM
And one of my favourite non Cadillacs, a Metropolitan! It is painful looking at these photos.😥
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: David King on May 13, 2019, 10:49:45 AM
Last picture: next to the Hudson, there is a 57/58 Brougham!

Good eye Roger!  This must have been from the 70's?
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on May 13, 2019, 09:52:25 PM
Yes, Roger certainly has an "eagle eye". Well done. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Roger Zimmermann on May 14, 2019, 01:22:01 AM
Sometimes a bit luck does help too! However, as I have one since more than 30 years, some characteristics are clearly visible on that pictures: the windshield's shape and the small aperture for the hood.
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on May 14, 2019, 06:48:16 PM
Yes, the hood is a dead give away. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: South_paw on May 14, 2019, 08:39:22 PM
Something about that last picture is just a little odd. Almost every car in this yard has the same level of patina on it. There is a 30 year span between some of those cars yet somehow they weathered the same. Weird.
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Roger Zimmermann on May 15, 2019, 01:24:29 AM
A near volcano eruption just before the picture was done?!
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on May 15, 2019, 09:51:56 PM
More sad looking cars. Think I posted these shots of a moss covered '59 before. Some others, while not Cadillac, are too pathetic not to have a look at. Surfs up and Buried Alive say it all. With respect to that '57 Chevy, check out those 2 trees growing through it and the degree of earth coverage. Think they were excavating this vehicle like it was in some sort of archaeological dig. Also, a '56 Cadillac languishes in salvage yard purgatory. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: South_paw on May 16, 2019, 04:49:08 PM
The donor. This 55 was someones abandon project. No other parts were with the car. Shame to cut it up but it's parts lived on. 
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on May 17, 2019, 11:00:45 AM
That is a shame as there are still lots of useful parts there. The smallest of fasteners and hardware can be like gold to us. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: johnregrus on May 18, 2019, 08:39:42 PM
I took the horns off this 58 and had them restored.
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Post by: caddyguy on May 22, 2019, 09:47:36 PM
Heres a 59 used as a sign for an adult establishment. Now shut down.
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on May 22, 2019, 10:57:22 PM
I am a little embarrassed to say that I know that place, (but not as a customer). Clay/Lexi
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Post by: Lexi on May 24, 2019, 08:59:26 AM
Abandoned limos. Clay/Lexi
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Post by: Lexi on May 29, 2019, 09:39:27 PM
More project cars. Clay/Lexi
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Post by: Lexi on June 01, 2019, 02:58:32 PM
Looks like a '60 that has seen better days; accident and abandoned. Doesn't get much worse than that. Clay/Lexi
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Post by: Lexi on November 04, 2019, 02:20:11 PM
Almost forgot about this thread. Here is another sad looking '59 Caddy. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on December 01, 2019, 03:25:23 PM
Although not mid-century, how often do we see a Cadillac Limo pulled from a body of water? Early '50s Cad plus an interesting and rather apocalyptic shot of what looks like a vintage scrap yard or a poorly maintained collection (maybe a Caddy in there), round out these shots. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: kimberlin1974 on December 01, 2019, 06:20:45 PM
A 1957 that looks like it could of been a twin to mine.
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on December 02, 2019, 12:43:38 PM
I like looking at them when they are in this condition. Old abandoned cars have an elegant creepiness to them. Newer abandoned cars just look like some discarded junk. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: David King on December 03, 2019, 07:24:43 PM
It is the extra 30 years of patina...
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on December 14, 2019, 02:44:22 PM
For our '61 - '62 Cadillac Owners Group. A '62 languishes in a field. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on January 15, 2020, 12:23:19 AM
I never get tired of looking at abandoned cars especially vintage Cadillacs. Have a look at this '50. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on January 21, 2020, 09:07:08 AM
This soon to be abandoned '59 looks like a demolition derby casualty. Lots of Caddies including Hearse and Limos fell prey to this sport in the '60s and '70s. I always cheered the Cadillacs and they usually did very well, especially large Hearse models.
 Still, even back then I felt for the wasting of these cars in that manner. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Abandoned Cadillacs
Post by: Lexi on January 21, 2020, 10:34:10 PM
What appear to be a '55, '56 and a '57 Caddy sit in a salvage yard. Clay/Lexi
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Post by: Lexi on January 22, 2020, 09:55:24 AM
A '59 rusts away in what looks like a very interesting stash of abandoned vintage cars. Clay/Lexi
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Post by: Lexi on January 25, 2020, 08:07:30 PM
A 1960 Caddy sits near an elevated freeway. Clay/Lexi