’56 Coupe DeVille, “Badillac” to be Auctioned at Mecum Kissimmee

Caddilac used to be known as “the standard of the world,” with the phrase “the Cadillac of blank” permeating our culture even to this day. One such throwback to those days is the ’56 Coupe Deville. An epitome of luxury, these liners cruised the boulevards and hauled everyone from bank managers to movie stars.

Maybe that’s why this particular version, dubbed the “Badillac” is so cool and yet shocking, all at the same time. It takes a car that was meant to be a driven by Marilyn Monroe while listening to the latest from Frank Sinatra, and turns it into something we would imagine being driven by Alice Cooper while listening to well, Alice Cooper turned up really loud.

This melding of speed, custom, and class was featured on the cover of Auto Meter’s 2012 Catalog. It also was on display at the 2011 SEMA show in the Auto Meter booth. Other accolades include being chosen as one of the 10 most outrageous rides at the SEMA show and winning Auto Meter’s 2011 WinningRide.com contest.

The Cad, as you can see, is thoroughly custom. The chassis is built from a Tri-Five Chevy front clip, with a Competition Engineering rear 4-link. It rides on 33×22.5 inch rear rubber with standard Kumho radials on the front. Power comes from a 468 cubic inch big-block Chevy engine, wearing an 8-71 blower, dual 1050 CFM carbs, and a carbon fiber Top-Fuel style bug catcher. The combination is good for 850 hp on pump gas. Pump gas, which is still filled by flipping open the driver’s rear tail light.

The body has also had extensive surgery with a 3-inch chop in front and a half-inch rear resulting in a raked roof. The body has also been channeled down over the frame. Much of the exterior chrome and trim has been smoothed and it’s all finished in a custom paint color affectionally labeled as obscene green.

Inside, you better believe that the custom touches don’t stop. With modern Auto Meter gauges, as well as a modern stereo and accessories, there is a cross over between the classic Caddy feel, and more modern muscle.

This one is set to cross the block at Mecum’s Kissimmeee, Florida auction on Friday, January 18 around 7 p.m. eastern time. The estimated price is between $60-$80k, but what do you think this one will fetch?

About the author

Don Creason

Don Creason is an automotive journalist with passions that lie from everything classic, all the way to modern muscle. Experienced tech writer, and all around car aficionado, Don's love for both cars and writing makes him the perfect addition to the Power Automedia team of experts.
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