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1960 Cadillac






 LaSalle Show

Torrance, California

November 8, 2009



It was a dark and stormy night…. No? Sorry, wrong event. Let’s start again.

It was a bright sunny day, with three yellow Cadillacs (a 1953 Eldorado, a 1956 Series 62 convertible and a 1977 Coupe de Ville) parked at one corner of Penske Cadillac-Hummer in Torrance while our display was being built.

The entire service department and front parking lot were emptied for our cars, thanks to the generosity of the Penske dealership.

As if it were announcement time for the new 1960 Cadillac, we lined up eight excellent examples of 1960 Cadillacs in the service aisle. (Yes, new cars were displayed in the service aisles of dealerships.) Although we missed having a Fleetwood 75 or 60 Special, we had something many dealers never got for 1960: an Eldorado Biarritz (belonging to the Hanes) and an Eldorado Brougham (belonging to the Thomases). The flattop Sedan de Ville was represented by “oil tycoon” Gary Falasco (who kindly wiped up oil dripping from several of the cars). The six-window hardtop was represented by Dal Keil’s blue car. There were three Series 62 convertibles (including Leo Affi’s white one and Calvin Jones’ yellow one). The two-door hardtop was represented well by the Wilsons’ blue Series 62.

While the treasure was being arranged in the castle keep, Sir John Gibbons did battle with, and ultimately prevailed against, the cunning and uncooperative beast known as Binaltobboote at his ’76 Eldorado convertible.  Julian Cangelosi helped Frank and Sharon Brannon park an immense ’92 stretch limo (body by Armbruster?).

Practice for next year went on in the service area with several 1961 cars being displayed.  Lunch was sandwiches and chips—simple but good. Thanks very much to Linda Leonard for delivering them.

Most of the exhibitors who judged cars (using the peer method) did so discreetly. I did not see many people mulling over ballots. As usual, awards were handed out shortly after lunch. It was a pleasure to see Michael Dubos and Garry Mitchell back with us again. Also very good to meet new members Cathy and Joel Feldman, who brought a 1931 Cadillac V-8 Town Sedan.

Many thanks to the Penske team for inviting us back this year and being so generous with their facility. It’s a lot of work to move all the cars they did, and it is much appreciated.

Rob Leonard




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