THE Cadillac is known as the ‘King of Cars’ and when you are looking at local resident, Wally Caverzan’s two 1955 Cadillacs it’s easy to see why.
The first of his Cadillacs is a convertible that Wally built from the ground up. It has a 510 injected Keith Black aluminium Big Block Chevrolet engine that came from an old race boat, turbo 400 transmission, 4 link rear end, 9 inch diff, VY Commodore trimming and dash installed to make it a right hand drive and just like his other Cadillac, it has air bags that lower it to the ground.
His hardtop is just as spectacular, and it’s the striking blue colour and white wall tyres that draw your attention first. Imported from Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA, it also sports rear tail lights that open to reveal the fuel tank filler hole, electric dimming lights, cow hide leather interior, rear air conditioner, the car’s original dash, but it has something a little special added; a rear cooler that was taken from a 1964 Toyota Crown.
You certainly hear them coming too. The engine lets out a mighty rumble that you can feel as soon as the key is turned.
Wally said, “I’m a car man…it’s what I do.
“When I got the convertible, it was a shell. It had no floor and no firewall. It took four years to build.
“I chose the colour of the red interior with black and silver exterior paint after I saw something similar in a hot rod magazine.
“I enjoy Cadillacs because they’re rolling art…it’s not your plastic bumper bar car.”