Car cruises can get a little dull; all those boring street rods, multiple Mustangs, caches of Camaros and Corvettes. But what keeps me coming back are those daring folks who actually pick a car they like, rather than what the cool
kids Boomers are driving. Like a 1956 Cadillac flower car by Superior. Talk about a bubbletop!
If this car looks familiar, it is because one just happened to be in a rather famous film–which I’m sure most of you can identify. Could the 1956 Cadillac have been the high-water mark for Cadillac in the ’50s? I could love them solely for that cool “Nineteen-Fifty-Six” script above the glovebox! Of course, I will not argue how excellent the 1963-64 models were–and are.
As you can see, it was getting dark when I shot this Cadillac, but I had to share it with everyone. These can’t have been very numerous back in the ’50s, and who knows how many survive.
Do they still make flower cars? Considering that they are coachbuilders, I’m sure S&S or Superior would build you a new one from a Caddy or Lincoln–but how would that look in an XTS or MKS/MKT?
To answer my own question, yes, they are indeed still made, but while the DTS version above looks pretty good, I am not sure an XTS or MKS version would translate as well. I imagine there is a low take rate among funeral homes in this day and age for this type of vehicle.
If I may digress even further, would you believe there is a “sedan” conversion of the Lincoln MKT? Whoa!
And here’s the back. I wonder how S&S, Eureka, Superior and other specialty coachbuilders took the demise of the Town Car, and how much more difficult it is sectioning a unit-construction car rather than a BOF Panther. Well, I have to give them points for creativity! I think our ’56 has these new ones beat in the looks department.