The Goodguys 2019 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year title recently went to a very special vehicle: the recently-restored 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille owned by Randy Wilcox! This custom project started with one of the most iconic designs of the ’50s and the automotive “Standard of the World”, and restored it to incredible refinement. This modified Cadillac now rolls with its original class act and packages that almost appear stock.
Rad Rides by Troy did the building for Randy Wilcox’s latest project. The resulting resto-mod 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille has classic looks and updated underpinnings. It’s now powered by a supercharged GM LSA engine, which puts out 650 horsepower and yet looks right at home under the ’59 hood. It has a custom firewall and radiator core support, as well as custom overflow tanks and oil covers, to help it look almost like stock. Rad Rides came to Bowler Transmissions for the 4L80E overdrive transmission to pair to this powerful new engine!
The 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille’s exterior was modified for better fit and to retain its classic lines. The Rad Rides team applied a coarse-grain stainless vinyl wrap to the roof, not unlike the stainless top treatment Cadillac gave to the exclusive Eldorado Broughams back in the day. The team also gave the Coupe DeVille a custom-mixed BASF Glasurit paint job to add to its exterior elegance. On the inside, the team kept up the trend of recreating the original feel and design as much as they could, with one-off instruments designed by Dakota Digital for a custom surround. The stock power seats got a few modifications and updates, along with new foam and new leather upholstery.