Cadillac’s 365 cubic-inch motor fills this engine bay properly with big V8 power. This numbers-matching original unit looks fantastically well presented with the blue block and valve covers hiding under the tidy black belts, hoses, and air grabber. The motor fires up with ease, which is true sign that this was well maintained. With a four-barrel carburetor, this large hardtop coupe has the kind of legs to be peppy around town and cruise at 75 MPH on the highway. And the dual exhaust has a nice rumble that reminds you of a classic American V8 without jeopardizing the Cadillac’s luxury atmosphere. Cadillac pioneered automatic transmissions in 1941, and the unit living behind the V8 shifts crisply and has that unique Hydramatic feel to it that suggest precision machinery at work. Add in power steering and power brakes, and this makes for an effortless classic cruiser. The final touch are the whitewall tires on the bright Caddy factory wheel covers that complete the black, white, and chrome uniform feeling throughout this impressive classic.

Concord, North Carolina, United States