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Mi Casa Es Su Casa de Eldorado

Robert Emslie October 28, 2009 Terrible Ideas 15 Comments

Yeah, If I was driving that, I'd stop at a bar too.

Hemmings comes up with some odd-ball stuff from time to time, and today’s find is one of the oddest. Yeah, that’s an Eldorado Shooting-Brake with a pair of lovely caddy humps on the fenders pretending to cover the dual spares.

Hemmings says that it was a George Barris creation, named Casa de Eldorado, and based on a ’68 Eldo. It was originally pitched to singer Dean Martin, possibly because he was known to be lit most of the time and Barris figured he could get a check out of the inebriated crooner.

Go check out Hemmings for more description and pictures, or just gaze at the shot above in wide wonder at the machinations of thought that could arrive at such a beast.

Hat tip to Noonz for the link!

Currently there are 15 comments on this article:

  1. CptSevere says:

    Yeah, the fender humps are lame. Avert your eyes. The rest of this car is just plain gorgeous. Needs to be black, though. A hearse for dwarves.

  2. JeepyJayhawk says:

    I really was going to not say anything, as this is not that attractive. It doesn't look that horrendous, until you look at the stuck on spare humps. That's when it spirals into WTF was someone thinking territory. <img src Reply

  • Deartháir says:

    Personally, I love it. I would love to move to Las Vegas and own this car. There is no way anyone would think you were anything but an old Las Vegas legend. "Do you know who I am? I'm Dean Fucking Martin. I own this town. Now don't fucking hassle me again, or I'll have your badge."

    I somehow imagine the cupholders in this car look more like this:
    <img src="http://www.dineart.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/Wine-flight-holders%2080.jpg&quot; width="350">

  • citroen67 says:

    That is my comment above this one…for some reason, I was not logged in when I submitted that comment.

  • superbadd75 says:

    Yeah, and there is an absolutely freaking gorgeous '68 Caddy Wagon about 1/3 of the way down with a couple more further on. Other Caddy customs of interest are Barris' "Shop Truck" built out of a Hearse, and the Caddamino 4X4. Also prepare to vomit upon seeing the Cadillac-nosed RV.

  • BrianTheHoon says:

    I noticed the wagon bits but my brain processed it as a wagon passing it on the street.

    Is it wrong that, apart from the silly swelling on the fenders, I am drawn to this car?

  • joshuman says:

    I thought it was a car passing behind as well.

  • citroen67 says:

    Hell no it's not wrong! I think this thing is awesome. I gotta wonder though, how much that rear gate must weigh, because it looks as though the whole thing swings up in order to access the rear end.

  • ptschett says:

    For your motorized creeper that you keep in the back!

  • Mike_the_Dog says:

    That beaten-with-an-ugly-stick Mark IV pales in comparison to the criminal acts he perpetrated against an innocent '69 AMX for Banacek.
    http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2009/09/16/ban
    I've never had much respect for Mr. Barris (since he bought the Monkeemobile some years back, he's started claiming that he built it), but now I really want to beat him within an inch of his life with a Hurst shifter lever.

  • citroen67 says:

    I thought the RV was kind of neat looking, in a very freakish Frankenstein vehicle sort of way. I also noticed that the guy who posted those pics said that he doubted that there were any more of those, but I could swear I have seen another Cadillac/RV somewhere on the webz…I remember it having an early 50's nose.

  • Ooh. That AMX is bad, but with all due respect (?) I have to give the "award" to the Bugazzi – there simply is no redeeming flair, style, purpose, or angle on that one – and he somehow managed to sell several of them!

    That AMX on the other had, suffers from his paradoxical "half-baked, taken too far" approach. It's a nice… intent. Lessen the fender strakes and use a standard set of side pipes, the profile is nice. I like the appoach to the rear: the lights are great but the louvers are a little overboard (can you imagine having to detail that?!). The front is a mess… I think if it were left horizontal, and not forced into some bulbous ovoid shape, it would work. So the effort was there… the execution was botched.

    But I agree, Barris seems a bit of a douche. Seeing his signature on a '58 Superior passing for Ecto-1 at the Volo Auto Museum really lowered my respect a notch. Not that the Superior was a bad looking car to substitute – but it is NOT the original design he should stake his credit to.

  • citroen67 says:

    Yeah, that AMX does look a bit tacky. I had no idea that he never built the Monkeemobile! All these years I thought that was his creation. I feel somewhat the same way as you do about Barris' work, although I probably couldn't make the things that he made in his prime…mostly due to my lack of access to large quantities of Bondo and acid hits.

  • Mike_the_Dog says:

    There's actually quite a few Caddy Campers out there. Superior (of ambulance/hearse fame) did some of the better ones from the mid-fifties.

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