This is a rare San Remo Dorado conversion. It is a limited production car built in handcrafted tradition by Coach Design Group in Westlake Village, California. This is #19 of about 100 cars built in 1979. It sold new for over $40,000.
During modification, the existing frame and body, including the "B" pillars are strengthened before the top is removed. The exterior sheet metal is then redesigned to accommodate a convertible top mechanism. This conversion was by far the most rigid of all the conversions.
I purchased this car at an auction in Los Angeles in 1998. From what I could glean from the paper work, it was a one owner car that was traded for another Cadillac in Santa Barbara. The dealer listed it on the lot and Internet for over $10,000 but eventually placed it in a specialty auction.
I used it as a Sunday driver until I moved to Montana in 2001. It has been garaged and driven occasionally during the summer here in Montana.
This is an elegent and sporty car. You will be the only person in your neighborhood with one.
Iíve put about 6,000 miles on this car since I bought it. It has been a dependable car. Iíve only replaced the alternator and battery. Iíve always had it garaged and drove it regularly until the last two years. Iíve probably only put 100 miles on it over the last two years.
Top: This seems to be the original top. It is still intact but showing its age. It will keep out the weather but if put up and down often, it won't last long. The motor and gears work but it is getting stiff and probably needs to be lubricated. No boot.
Body: The body is straight and rust free. The paint job is fairly new but has one scratch and some clear-coat scuffing. I don't know if it is the original color but I suspect it is. The undercarriage and engine compartment are very clean. It was obviously a loved car by the previous owner(s).
Mechanical: The engine and transmission are strong. It doesn't burn or leak oil. The trans developed a leak recently and will need to be serviced.