“I had my license before most of my classmates. My friends would call me Cadillac Jack!”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Cadillac Jack
- Car in Question: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
- Spotted at: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 17011
- Car’s Nickname: Beast-a-rado A.K.A. The Beast
Q: Hi Cadillac Jack! Welcome to Defend Your Ride Philly. Love your show and this Cadillac. When did you first get the name Cadillac Jack?
A: In high school, I drove a 1968 Cadillac, which could fit everyone. My dad originally bought the car when I was four. I got it when I turned 16. I had my license before most of my classmates, since my birthday was 11 days past the cutoff. I did most of the driving. My friends would call me Cadillac Jack!
Q: What can you tell us about this particular Cadillac?
A: I owned the 1968 Cadillac DeVille convertible until 2003. I had to sell it to pay rent and bills when I was between jobs. I always wanted to replace it with another big, old-school Caddy. I found this one on eBay, bought it and drove it home last year. It needed a little TLC and I needed a little hobby. It worked out nicely. Some people rescue pets, I rescue Cadillacs.
Q: What is the longest drive you’ve done in this car?
A: I’ve driven it to Virginia Beach and back twice, and do a lot of driving for a lot of pleasure. This thing floats on the road.
Q: Do you own other Cadillacs?
A: I have a pair of ‘newer’ Cadillacs, also classics: 1991 and 1992 Allantes. One is black, the other is white. They’re identical convertibles I call Ebony and Ivory. They are Italian designed by Ferrari designer Sergio Pininfarina and very fun, luxury roadsters in mint condition.
Q: If you were to add another caddy to your collection, what kind do you think it would be?
A: I’m holding out for when Cadillac produces another four-seat convertible. I might look into an XLR in about five years, since it is an instant classic.
Q: Does your car have a nickname?
A: Beast-a-rado or The Beast for short.
Q: Finally, since you are a DJ and you know music so well, if you were to pick a song to be your car’s theme song, what would it be?
A: “Look At That Cadillac” by The Stray Cats sounds good coming out of the speakers, but the Peter Gunn Theme would probably be this Beast’s theme song.
Interview by Samantha Black
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