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I saw this today and wished that I had made it. Click image for larger version

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Not a camino but a mirage. http://m.voices.yahoo.com/cadillac-1...e-1034567.html


Cadillac: 1976 Mirage

Published: Fri February 29th, 2008 By: Lu Baker Category: Automotive

A long time back in 1975 to 1976 a Cadillac Coupe de Ville was made into a custom body pickup. It was an upscale El Camino. While the floor bed could carry flat plywood 4 x 8 sheets with the tail gate closed and the driver and the passenger in great comfort. A hidden storage area was at the end of the floor bed. It was used to store small articles of value out of view. The spare tire was also located there in the back. There was a metal cover that had a lock on it, just as a trunk would also have. Traditional Coach Works manufactured 204 Cadillac Mirage's. There were also several other companies that made pickup trucks from the front wheel drive El dorado and also from the standard Coupe de Ville. Traditional Coach Works built theirs to Cadillac standards and one could be ordered through a participating Cadillac dealer. The currant owner sold this 1976 Cadillac Mirage, it later was sent to get some very special work done on it. There was repainting to the gold leaf lettering, while the motor and the transmission never needed to be repaired it was in excellent condition.

The specifications on this 1976 Cadillac Mirage are:

1. Engine OHV V-8 500 cid/8.2 liter

2. Bore 4.3"

3. Stroke 4.3"

4. Horsepower 190 @ 4400 rpm

5. Carburetor 4 bbls

6. Compression 8.5:1

7. Electrical 12 volt

8. Fuel Tank 27 gallons

9. Cooling 23- 75 qt's

10. Tires: original: 235/75 x 15

radial: L 78 x 15

11. Frame perimeter type with boxed side rails

12. Suspension front: coil springs

rear: solid axle

13. Transmission 400 series turbo hydramtic

14. Final Drive 2.73:1

15. Price/New $19,000

The Mirage was made to fill the gap of pickup trucks. With the name of Cadillac behind it, this Mirage can mean more than just a pickup. With many safeties features, like that trip to town to pick up bales of hay can be made in style and in comfort.

With these few features are:

1. Air bags

2. Track master skid controls or ABS brake system

3. Automatic level control (that adjust the height to the carrying load)

All of these are in addition to the dual leather seats, the climate control, also the am/fm stereo type player, and the trailering package for heavy duty towing, disc brakes, a sunroof, controlled differential, this directs power to the rear wheel and gives better traction. The Mirage is now used as a showy work, week end cruise ride vehicle.

The 1976 Cadillac Mirage can take its owner to the hardware store in style and in comfort. This 1976 Cadillac Mirage is also great for weekend show car vehicle and a go to the flea market hauler. There is nothing too tall that can't fit in the bed of this Mirage. The better of two worlds's a smooth ride, and a hauling capacity of a Chevy all built into one vehicle. There are no hills too steep for the Mirage, while hauling its payload two horse trailer. The 1976 Cadillac Mirage handles well on curves and is also great on the highways.

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Most likely that is a 'flower car', built for hauling flower arrangements in funeral processions.

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Yep. That's a flower car. The Mirage was built back in the mid-70's on a Coupe DeVille chassis. Interesting looking car. It did indeed look like a Cadillac-based El Camino. Red Adair had several of them as a company car for many of his staff. They were red, of course. :-)

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Most likely that is a 'flower car', built for hauling flower arrangements in funeral processions.
The guy who ownes it built it from a wrecked hearse. That's what he said. A tree fell on it on the way to the grave yard.
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I was at Carlisle years ago and they had a Impala that was converted to an El Camino type of truck/car. It was a high end mod that was in one of the buildings and IIRC it was owned by Rick Hendrick. Can't seem to find any info on it but it was an interesting car and done well.

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yep funeral cars.
i always remember seeing them and fleetwoods at notorious BIG's funeral precession

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Heres a 75 or 76 I ran across at a fair a few years back. Looked like a good survivor.

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I seen a flower car on ebay a couple years back and I thought it was different than that....maybe a different coachbuilder?? I didn't know about the mirage til a couple years ago, I bought a motor trend from 77 (chevy caprice MTCOTY) and there is an ad in the front with what looked like a camino but the taillights were Caddy. Then I seen a guy up the street from my stepbro that has a white one (think his is a camino converted with badges) real clean though.

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