Coddington-Built 1957 Cadillac Series 62
BY BRETT HATFIELD
Elvis Presley owned several pink Cadillacs in his lifetime. Presley was also known to love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. When candy company Hershey decided to make peanut butter and banana cream Reese’s Cups, the Elvis marketing tie-in was set. Hershey contracted legendary hot rod builder Boyd Coddington to build this pink 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Elvis tribute.
If you are unfamiliar with the name, Boyd Coddington and his crew of talented fabricators, painters, and trimmers built sleek, clean customs out of his California shop, Hot Rods by Boyd. Among the more famous builds were ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons’ Cadzilla, the 1936 Delahaye street rod called Whatthehaye, and the 1957 Chevy-based Chezoom. Coddington was inducted into multiple Halls of Fame, and is a Grand National Roadster Show winner. This Cadillac Series 62 custom was part of the fifth season his reality television show, American Hot Rod.One of Coddington’s hallmarks was clean design, and as such, the badging and door handles were eliminated on this Cadillac Series 62. Much of the chrome trim has been eliminated. The tailfins are more pronounced and the rear panels have been smoothed. The wheels are billet Coddington creations. The pearlescent hot pink metallic paint looks deep and lustrous.The interior of the Cadillac Series 62 is richly appointed with light tan leather crafted by the famous Gabe Lopez. This is a Cadillac, so it is loaded with luxury appointments. A custom center console houses power window controls, an AM/FM/CD/DVD/XM stereo, iPod connection, and climate controls. Just beneath the dash in the console’s cascade is an LCD screen. Just aft of the screen is a badge with a Reese’s logo and Mr. Coddington’s engraved signature. The passenger side of the dash has been smoothed. The matching leather-wrapped steering wheel is mounted on tilt steering column. The speedometer is pink with glittery pink numerals.
The engine compartment of the Cadillac Series 62 continues the slick Coddington design elements. The firewall has been smoothed, as have the inner fenders. There is a cover over the radiator and hoses. Everything has been painted the same eye-popping pearl pink as the exterior, including the 540 cubic-inch engine (built by stroking a 500 cube Caddy V8), valve covers, and custom air cleaner. Hoses and lines have been tucked. A modern billet serpentine belt drive system has been fitted.In the Cadillac Series 62’s tan carpeted trunk, a small refrigerator is mounted, loaded with a case of the Reese’s Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Cream cups (no word on the edibility).
The underside of this Cadillac Series 62 is every bit the measure of the topside. Every inch of the undercarriage has been painted in bright silver metallic that is offset by the hot pink oil pan and three-speed automatic transmission. Unable to be seen through the billet Coddington wheels, the Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes can be seen from below.
This stunning custom Cadillac Series 62 is being offered by Streetside Classics for $99,995.