Custom Cruise Friday
When it comes right down to it, the essence of the vehicles profiled in the Don Wheaton Custom Cruise Friday blogs is to have an owner express their personality through their vehicle. Of all the vehicles we have looked at for this series, there might not be a more expressive vehicle than the 1976 Cadillac Mirage, owned by Glenn Suprovich. The half coupe/pickup truck combination Chevy El Camino was a symbol of the 1970s, however the 1976 Mirage is a very rare take on this concept that is not only unique but also steeped in Cadillac luxury. It would be an understatement to say that Suprovich was immediately smitten when he first laid eyes on the Mirage.
The first time he saw the Cadillac oddity was at the famous Barrett-Jackson Auction. In terms of rare and exotic cars, there isn’t a bigger name for collectors. Fast forward a few months, and Suprovich was clicking through Hemmings Motor News while eating breakfast with his wife. Within the first few pages of the website he saw his dream car for sale.
“The first day it hit the internet on Hemmings,” Suprovich said, “I was on the phone for a couple hours and was wiring (the owner) the money.”
According to information provided by Suprovich, there were just a few more than 200 of these cars built at Traditional Coach Works in Chatsworth, California. His model actually started its life as a Cadillac Coupe de Ville but when back through the conversion and came out the other end a 1976 Cadillac Mirage. Looking at the lines of the vehicle’s rear end it is pretty easy to see the original Cadillac that existed before its face lift.
In the nearly 40 years this car has been on the roads of a few states, and eventually, Edmonton, it has only had four owners. Each one of them, certainly including Suprovich, has taken excellent care of the car — or truck. Let’s just say: Everybody has kept up the maintenance for the 1976 Mirage. To date the most extensive work done to the vehicle was a fresh coat of paint was applied about six years ago, well before Suprovich took ownership in January 2015. While residing in his collection, Suprovich has added authentic Cadillac white-wall tires and genuine Cadillac spoke-wheels. Also, its powered by a 500 cubic-inch V-8 with an automatic transmission.
The list of understatements that can be applied to this man and his car starts with the looks on people’s faces as he drives it through Edmonton. For sure, this car attracts more sets of eyes than the rest of the classic Cadillacs in his collection
There is no hiding the fact that this is a vehicle with a long wheelbase, around 130 inches or more than 10 feet, handling is not an issue for this proud owner.
“It’s a dream to drive,” Suprovich said. “It’s a big boat. It drives like a big ol’ boat.”
A common question asked to the owners of the vehicles profiled for Custom Cruise Friday is if they have any interest in selling the vehicle. A wry laugh was followed by one of the most definitive statements on the subject to date: ‘I’ll have them use this car to haul me to the bone yard.’
So, no; Suprovich’s 1976 Mirage isn’t for sale.
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