THE BARRIS "EL PARISIENNE"...
Here are some exclusive pictures of the Cadillac El Parisienne, which was designed by George Barris in 1954. This car started life as a 1954 Eldorado convertible, but has been extensively modified. It's been chopped, sectioned, lowered, and a deville style roof was added, along with custom moldings hand crafted by legendary coachbuilders, Bohmann & Schwartz. I first spotted this car in 1979, and didn't see it again until 1997. It's been lovingly restored by Kurt McCormick and Dave Conrad.
|I stumbled onto this car for the first time in the parking lot at a Six Flags amusement park back in the late '70s. I didn't know anything about the car's history, but it certainly had a great look...|
|I found out some time later that the car was owned by Kurt McCormick, and that it was being restored. Here it is almost 18 years later at a local Cadillac-LaSalle meet....|
|This car was built by Barris in 1954, and still carries its Barris crest...|
|The Cadillac wire wheels have bullets in the center...|
|The most radical customization appears at the rear of the body. Here you can see the unusual continental kit, and the neat job George Barris did on the taillights. Note that the fin has been removed...|
|As you can see the car has had about 4" sectioned out of the body...|
|The interior is once again exactly as it was when it left the Barris shop... The green trim works well with the white body.|
|The engine has been nicely detailed... Those appear to be Offenhouser valve covers...|
|This car had a swarm of people around it all morning...|
|What a beauty...|
|The deVille style roof panel lifts off, leaving only the rear in place...|
|Here's the car at Kurt's house several years ago...|
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