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Mick Berg

From an early age I was fascinated by the Cadillacs from the 1950s. At school there were National Geographic magazines containing beautiful advertisements for these magnificent beasts. I went to the 1958 Motor Show at Earl’s Court, and I was allowed to sit in a gleaming Convertible Coupe. I determined to own one one day, and I eventually did, along with many other beautiful Caddys.

This is not the actual car, but it is exactly the same as the one I used to own. I spent a lot of time, energy and money restoring it, and as I rented it out for film shoots on a regular basis, I think I got my money back! It’s a 1959 Convertible Coupe. I bought it in the early eighties in Los Angeles and sold it a few years later.

I had a similar car in London, but it was not in good condition. I never restored it properly. All I really did was have it resprayed using London Transport Bus paint.

This car is identical to the one I owned in London in the early seventies. It is a 1956 Eldorado Biarritz. This was probably the most valuable of all the cars I owned, but at the time it was not my favourite. It was called “Blodwyn”, and was reputed to have been owned by the notorious slum landlord Rachman. I bought this one in London in the early seventies for £275. I have seen cars like this for sale for $200,000! In hindsight, I should have kept it.

This was the only non-Cadillac collector car I ever bought. It is a 1959 Ford Skyliner with a power-retractable hard roof. Again not the actual car, but mine was just like this. It was a wonderful machine, but it took all my electrical and mechanical skills to keep it operating. I paid $3000 for it, and had it shipped back to England for a further $2000, not knowing that I would finally settle in Los Angeles. I couldn’t justify shipping it back again!

Fifties Cadillacs

The 1957 Sedan de Ville was a beautiful, if rather formal, car. I always preferred convertibles, but I couldn’t resist this one. It was in perfect condition, and only cost £180. I bought it in Basingstoke in the early seventies. It was used for a photo shoot in Vogue magazine, but sadly the photos were awful. My car had a white roof, but I can’t find a picture of that.

The 1958 coupe was the first Caddy I bought. I will never forget the thrill I felt when it came barrelling towards me when I went to see it. I bought it from a very dodgy chap in South London for £135. It had the wrong engine, (1955) no rear shocks (and a bag of concrete in the boot to compensate for that) and was quite rusty. Nevertheless I loved it, and spent ages tinkering with it, although I never restored it. I gave it to a friend.

The 1958 Eldorado Biarritz was a spectacular car, and very rare. Only 800 were made. I found it in a field near Heathrow Airport, and bought it in collaboration with two Cadillac-obsessed friends. I didn’t have much to do with it, as I left for Los Angeles soon after we bought it. It had three-foot-long weeds growing through it, but after careful priming and oiling of the engine, it started right up! Our car was a lighter shade of blue, but it did have a red interior.

I apologize for the low-resolution pictures. I will replace them as I find them.

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