1978 Cadillac/McClain Flower Car Coupe DeVile (der Blummen Wagon)
Last updated May 6, 2009
Since the days of my mis-spent youth I have always wanted a hearse. In the forty years of my marraige my wife has only steadfastly rejected one of my ideas. The hearse. A few years ago I got the bright idea to look for a Flower car on the solid basis that it was NOT a hearse. The idea didn't raise any red flags and as luck would have it I found one on e-bay within a couple weeks of starting the search. I was the winning bidder and my brothers and I made a mad dash to Florida to pick it up.
I used to go to local shows and show it parked beside my brother's El Camino. We had fun with the locals telling 'tall tales' about the "Cad-a-mino". Recently I joined the Professional Car Society and have found a great way to show and enjoy my car.
In August '08 I made the trip to Mt Laurel NJ to attend the Professional Car Society's annual International Meet. I hadn't intended to show the car but did so at the last minute. It scored 178 of a possible 200 points. I am currently addressing the major issues that the car was marked off on. Don't plan to make this year's show in Flint MI, but plan to attend the 2010 show in Albany NY with the 'new and improved' version of the car. I'll try to post a few shots of the work in progress.
In the limited amout of research I've been able to complete, I've learned that in 1978 McLain produced a total of one, yes one, flower car. Unless someone can prove otherwise, I'm confidant that I have that vehicle.
The car is a 100% original/stock 1978 Cadillac Coupe De Ville fromthe headlights to just behind the bench seat. From there back there is a bulkhead to close the cab, and the back is fitted with a S/S bed that was used to transport flowers when it was in service. The car has a little over 25K original miles.
The car has a minimum of options that are normaly associated with Cadillacs. It has PS, PB, AC, Power windows, locks, mirrors and seat.
The running gear is 100% stock and original except for the battery and brakes.
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