Imagine you were a young man in 1959 who wanted the class and style of gigantic '59 Caddy tail fins but needed to haul around junk for your gardening business. Regrettably, the short sighted product planners in GM's Cadillac division offered nothing for the consumer that added the giant fins to a pickup body, so naturally this next thing was created by a craftsman in his garage. Find this 1959 Cadillac DeVille El Camino here on eBay currently bidding for $25,700 with 3 days to go, located in Sacramento, CA. Tip from ESK.
The 1959 Cadillac was the peak of automotive tailfins and chrome design excess and in the bygone eras before $100K Corvettes,they were the car to sell at the Barret Jackson Auctions. Some inspired maniac grabbed one before they were obscenely expensive and created this incredible custom.
According to the seller this car was build in the early 1970s and used occasionally until 2 years ago when the owner had a stroke. The new owner towed it home to Sacremento, put some air in the tires, propane in the tank, and fired it up...wait...what? Propane? Apparently part of the conversion involved fitting a carburetor to the 390 cubic inch V8 that allows C3H8 to be burned for fuel.
Pop the million tie-downs for the tonneau cover and you are greeted with a diamond plate bed liner, not exactly a Colin Chapman inspired customization, but it should be functional if you plan on using the bed for anything that won't possible puncture a propane tank under extreme braking conditions. Not that something built chiefly of diamond plate will ever experience rapid deceleration....
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Originally published as 20k: Propanechero: 1959 Cadillac DeVille El Camino... on Daily Turismo. Image credits eBay.