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Car Collector ® Chronicles Volume II, Issue V1

Car Collector Chronicles

June 2009


The Gray Lady

• Car collecting today • Classic rides

Readers of this pub (and I am pleased to report there are more than a few) will recall the Dec. ‘08 edition started off with a discussion entitled “The Ride I Still Want;” discussing the 1956 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.

• Reports from the field • Cadillac/Oldsmobile/ Corvair

Future editions will detail the pursuit of just such a ride in WA state. While that pursuit was friendly in tenor, it never blossomed. I am now able to report: The quest has come to an end!


The Gray Lady


GDYNets On the Web


Debut Pics


Coming Next Issue


In addition to being the owner of a Cadillac Heritage of Ownership grille medallion (see photo at right), I am also the owner of the car to which it is attached! Knowledgeable Caddy folk will be able to detect the grille on which the medallion is displayed is not a 1956, but rather a 1955. That it is, attests to the fickle nature of the pursuit; be it pursuit of a mate, or of a longed for ride.

WHERE YOU WILL FIND GDYNets (me) on the WWW: Saved 62 - Oldsmobile jeandaveyaros The Gray Lady – 1955 Cadillac

Having been researching, searching for and looking at a few Caddys for quite a while, I felt I had a pretty good handle on the current market. I know the economy has adversely impacted values of everything. Even so, his reserve figure was more than reasonable. At the very least, it kept me on the trail of further investigation.

phone conversations, requests by me for specific photos and ultimately a review of a total of 106 pics. In terms of options, it is far easier to recount what it does not have. It does not have A/C. Other than that, if it can be powered it is, and all of it works! The two distinctive options donned by The Gray Lady are an Autronic Eye and sabre-spoke wheels. The wheels alone cost $129 each back in the day. Converted to 2008 dollars, that amount is a sum of $942.64 per wheel today! Another nice feature is the seats.

There were a number of


DAVE’S DEN is a website devoted to a myriad of interests. Foremost is extensive information on the “Steel City” of Gary, Indiana. There are also offerings covering the making of steel and U.S. Steel-Gary Works, the U.S. Marine Corps, the M14 assault rifle, of course Oldsmobile, and the tragic story of the murder of Gary, Indiana

Police Lt. George Yaros.

GDYNets on the Web

Dave’s Den -


Since the car is 2-tone gray, I have dubbed her The Gray Lady. She first appeared on my a radar via eb y™, in early March. Upon coming into my field of view she rated, and got, a second look from me. During the course of my communications with the seller he mentioned his reserve amount (whether inadvertently, or purposely). I was shocked at the amount. Not because it was so high, but because it seemed low.

SAVED 62 is a website devoted to my 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible. The site also has a lot of information on Oldsmobiles and its founder, Ransom Eli Olds. CAR COLLECTOR CHRONICLES; you are reading it. It is a work in progress.

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The Gray Lady—Continued They are done in a combination of gray leather and patterned cloth. This is the deluxe interior, as opposed to the standard pseudo-suede like coverings in the Series 62 2-door hardtop model. Even though the car was in NY, and I am in WI, I had made up my mind to pull the trigger, and do the deal. I didn’t even dicker over the price. My one condition was that the car be pulled from ebay™. My thinking was, knowing how auction items can take on a life of their own in the final minutes, I did not want to get into a bidding war with someone at a dollar figure in excess of the seller’s reserve (which he had revealed to me). The seller agreed, and the deal was done!

“Even though the car was in NY, and I am in WI, I had made up my mind to pull the trigger, and do the deal.”

So why a 55, as opposed to a 1956? Truth be told, there a few differences between the two model years. The 56’s do have a noticeably different grille treatment, but that is about it. Cadillacs of the 19541955 vintage share the same basic chassis and body. There are a few styling cues to distinguish one from the other, but nothing substantial. That fact, plus the coming together of desire, availability and price was what turned the tide here. In other words, the fates all aligned! The Gray Lady made her debut in Milwaukee on 23 March. It was quite a moment. Patiently, she sat covered inside an enclosed trailer. After lesser vehicles were offloaded, it was her moment in the spotlight. The Mrs. and I were on the sidelines, camera in hand. In order to be able to accommodate her at her new home, a slight alteration to the car barn was necessary. This is because I have a 3 ft. deep workbench running across the entire back wall. Its depth is such that The Gray Lady cannot be pulled in and the overhead door closed. Needless to say, the workbench is now modified and she just fits into her designated stall inside the car barn. Don’t even think of trying to walk in front of, or behind her with the door closed! For those with the inclination and an interest, The Gray Lady now has her own web site. One may go there to learn more about the history of this particular ride, as well as about Cadillac Coupe DeVilles. The site, like my others, is a continuing work in progress. All are extended a cordial invitation to call on The Gray Lady at their leisure. You will find her holding court at: Should you stop by, do not hesitate to comment. To whet your appetite, here are a few pics:

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— Ok, I have had my say for this month. Now it is your turn! I invite and encourage submission of your comments, opinions and contributions. Everything sent shall indeed be reviewed by me. Submissions should be sent to: _________________________________________________ Additionally, you may find me on the web at the following urls: - Dave’s Den web site Saved 62 - 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible site The Gray Lady - 1955 Cadillac Coupe DeVille web site

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