It's a jaw dropping example of style meeting substance.
There are some incredibly cool cars coming through the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction this year, but this is the cherry on top of the icing on the cake. Fifteen years ago, Stephen Barton set out to win the custom car world's coveted Don Ridler Award for creativity, engineering, and quality craftsmanship. Based on a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham with a body and interior by Pininfarina, only 99 units were built and it was called the CadMad. Pininfarina shortened the Eldorado Brougham by eighteen inches, decreased the width by four inches, and took two inches from the lower body mass to completely change the profile of the car.
The custom body by Pininfarina dropped the rear doors and added the roof from a Chevrolet Nomad to turn it into a shooting brake. From there, just about everything from the hood ornament and headlamps to the rear bumpers have been subtly altered to create the overall style. The CadMad is not just about style, however. Under the hood is a 632 cubic-inch big-block Chevrolet V8 built by Nelson Racing Engines that's paired to an automatic transmission and bolted to a 4L60E C5 Corvette transaxle. It makes a jaw-dropping 1,025 horsepower and 950 ft-lb of torque.
CadMad is built around a space frame chassis and sits on handcrafted suspension components and coilover dampers. It also features custom steering components as well as Baer 6-piston brake calipers and 14-inch vented discs. Not only does CadMad look like an Italian styled spaceship, but it goes like a rocket as well.
18-inch EVOD Industries wheels are wrapped in Vogue 18-inch radials that even feature a thin strip that matches the car's paint. The paint is a two-tone finish made up of Fawntana Rose and Titanium Silver, and over 4,000 hours went into building and finishing the body.
Stephen Barton didn't see the car win the Don Ridler Award as he passed away in 2018. However, his brother, Craig Barton, claimed Ridler Award trophy in his honor in 2019. It's now going to auction with no reserve, and we think it's one of the most elegant Cadillacs on the planet. While the builders altered just about every panel on the car, it was built with love, care, and attention, and is still a Cadillac at heart. It will also beat the pants off of a modern Cadillac CTS-V from the lights while looking the part.