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Most people with even a casual interest in classic cars can easily picture a classic Cadillac Eldorado. Few things draw more attention than nearly 20 feet and two tons of steel cruising effortlessly down the road. Brent Hove, of Rich Valley, Alberta certainly has more than a casual interest in classic cars. Hove is not only the youngest owner profiled in a Custom Cruise Friday blog, but he also owns one of the most historically beautiful vehicles that has been featured, a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville. At a time when most toddlers were turning plastic wrenches on plastic cars, Hove was passing real wrenches to help work on real cars.
“I owe a lot to my dad and grandfather, as well, for getting me into old cars,” Hove said. “It’s literally in our blood.”
The path that led Hove, 32 years old, to his classic Cadillac Eldorado officially began when he was eight and started his work on his first project car, a old Nash Metropolitan. As he got older, he kept working on cars, as well as collecting. The first time Hove saw the 1959 Eldorado Seville, he was visiting the home of the car’s previous owner Victor Panchyshyn on a quest to find auto parts for a different vehicle. It took three years of gentle prodding before Panchyshyn would sell the classic Cadillac.
When Hove bought the car in 2009, Panchyshyn had only added about 2,000 miles in the years he owned it after taking him from Oregon. Since, Hove has owned the car, he’s only driven it about 5,000 miles. Some of those came when he married his wife, Christine, and used the 1959 Cadillac as their wedding car. Despite his reluctance to take the car, very far from home, Hove still makes regular appearances at car shows.
Beyond the instantly recognizable shape of the car, Hove has had run the full gamut of comments from people looking at the car. The range starts at people commenting on how nice it is that his parents let him drive the car all the way to people comparing it to the original Bat-Mobile from the same era.
“I can’t just blend into traffic,” Hove said. “People see the car and have a hard time keeping their eyes on the road.”
The unpredictability of admirers of the car in traffic plays into the constant fear Hove has of the car being damaged in an accident. Other than simply not wanting to see his vehicle be damaged, it could be the rarity of the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville that is playing into rare drives. Only 975 models of this type were built.
Considering the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville is knocking on the door to 60 years old, the car is in remarkable shape. Hove, as well as the previous owner, have taken meticulous care of this car. Everything on the vehicle is as it was in 1959 when the car rolled off of the assembly line save for new interior carpet and a new dash pad. From the 390 cubic-inch V-8 engine to the tall tail fins in the rear, this Eldorado is nearly perfect. In 1959, this car would have cost the first owner $7,401 which equals $61,578 in today’s money, according to the Bank of Canada.
As the top model of this line of Cadillac vehicles, the Eldorado Seville was outfitted with just about every power accessory that Cadillac had in its catalog at the time. This includes air ride, chrome trim and a unique interior pattern in the leather upholstery. Additionally, these cars came with a more powerful engine to help push its curb weight of more than 4,800 pounds. The inclusion of three, two-barrel Rochester carburetors increase the maximum power output to 345 horsepower, a 20 hp increase over the standard Cadillac engine at the time.
Currently, Hove has no plans to sell or otherwise part with his car. In fact, the young owner plans to restore the car upon his retirement.
“I’ve turned down many offers,” Hove said.
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