Saturday, September 20, 2003

Caddy's fins, big V-8 epitomize '50s



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Peter Eden shows off the majestic tail fins of his red 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Barritz convertible at his Mount Lookout home.
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Peter Eden, a 56-year-old former advertising and radio exec now "on permanent vacation because I don't use the R word," tools around town in a 1959 red Cadillac El Dorado Barritz convertible in mint condition.

"You know, the year with the big fins. It puts a smile on everyone's face. They're in awe because it's so big and ostentatious. It's the epitome of the '50s. It has a huge V-8 and only gets seven miles to the gallon.

"The car was a low production model, so it was unusual even when it was new. It's even more so now."

That's the reason Eden doesn't take it out in the rain or on freshly salted streets.

On days like that, he drives a 1995 Chevy pickup.

Jim Knippenberg

First car: A 1965 powder blue Corvair convertible. It was stolen and totaled in a high-speed police chase on Central Parkway.

Next car: "When the '95 Chevy goes, maybe one just like it."

Dream car: "I'm already driving it. My Caddy. I have two other Caddies of the same vintage that are also my dream cars."



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