The Great Depression was nearing its end. On December 7, 1941, the United States entered WWII and automobile production would stop from 1942 through 1945. Just before ending motor vehicle production, the automobile industry was in the "Art-Deco" period. This classic time and styling is well represented in this 1941 Chevrolet 1/2 top pickup. Built in Kansas City, Missouri, this truck spent the first 60 years of its life in Kansas. This truck sports its original color, Cameo Cream (a light yellow), with its original oak wood bed. Perfect for that country-themed wedding!
A war-weary America was ready for a rebound. The age of optimism was upon us, and car manufacturing resumed in October 1945. This fine example rolled off the Baltimore assembly line in December 1945 and lived its entire life in the Mid-Atlantic. Very little restoration was done; after all, very little was needed for a vehicle with only 38,000 original miles! Literally step back in time to the 1940s in this fine beauty of Art-Deco style.
In May, 1958, Mr. Nathaniel Keitt presented this gorgeous Cadillac to his son, Nathaniel Keitt Jr. as a gift on his wedding day. "Lucille", as this Cadillac is known, was kept in that family for nearly 30 years, even making a cameo appearance in the movie Godfather II. From 2002 through 2004, "Lucille" went through a complete restoration and now looks exactly as she did back when she came from Clark Avenue in Detroit in March 1958. This gorgeous car was restored to exact factory appearance, from the tuxedo black paint to the ivory and calcutta cloth interior. Be prepared to have your breath taken away!
Special ordered in March 1962, the flagship and most luxurious of the Cadillac lineup, the Series Sixty Special, or Fleetwood, was delivered to Dr. Cyrus and Nancy Pardington in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Manufactured in Detroit and residing most of its life in Colorado, "Nancy" went through a complete restoration from 2008-2012, being repainted in its original Avalon Blue Metallic with French rolled and pleated leather seats. For the brides that want that "something blue", this fits the bill!
Representing the first year of the iconic muscle car, this beauty rolled off the Norwood, Ohio assembly line in January, 1967. Unlike the modified Camaro dragsters you may see at the shows, this original Camaro is bone stock, right down to the original Matador Red color, black vinyl interior, column shift automatic, and 6 cylinder numbers matching engine. Although the smallest in the fleet, this convertible is a popular and economic choice.
Since 1997, sweet "Mary" as she is known, is the vehicle that has been in the fleet the longest. Repainted in Torch Red with a black vinyl interior and stirrup shifter, this Turbo Fire 327 V8 packs a powerful punch and is a fine representative of the muscle car era. Rolling off the Baltimore assembly line in February 1968, this vehicle went through a complete restoration in 1997-2000. If you are looking for a convertible with a little more room than a Camaro, this is the vehicle for you!
This car has been in the fleet a close second to the Chevelle, only 3 months later in 1997. The only restoration "Elizabeth" needed was a new paint job in the original color of Maroon Metallic. The original interior remains, in comfortable black vinyl. Of all the cars, this is probably the smoothest ride, with its Rocket 455 engine, you are literally riding on a cloud.
Hailed as the mecca of muscle cars, this fire-breathing beauty is not for the tame at heart! Made in Atlanta Georgia in March 1969, this 385 horsepower 4 speed machine will put you in orbit. Featuring its factory original hideaway headlights and hood tachometer, this is one girl that is fancy, but aggressive! Finished in the original Midnight Green Metallic with dark green interior, "Francine" is the vehicle of choice for the muscle car lover at heart.
We at Camelot Classic Cars love classic cars! We are always adding to the fleet and currently have a backlog of 7 vehicles awaiting restoration. The following vehicles are currently under restoration but will be added to full service.
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan
Perhaps the most iconic vehicle of the 1950s is the 1959 Cadillac. It represented excess, flair, and flamboyance. The trademark Cadillac tail fins nearly reach the roofline. The 1959 Cadillac, the longest vehicle in automotive history, exceeds 19' and is luxury at its finest. This particular Cadillac, "Julie", is painted in tuxedo black with white and black interior. Spending most of its life in Louisiana where it was shipped brand new, it now resides in Virginia and is being prepared for weddings and films. This vehicle is set to be ready in late Spring 2016.
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe
While the excess of the 1950s carried over into the 1960 model year vehicles, the new decade was taking shape of its own. Unlike its predecessor, the 1960 Cadillac was more refined and sophisticated. The tail fins were starting to come down and tail lights were now embedded within the fin giving a crisper, cleaner appearance. This particular 1960 Cadillac rolled off the assembly line on December 30, 1959 and shipped to Pennsylvania where it spent the first 45 years of its life. Currently under restoration, this beauty is being finished in its original Olympic white with black and white interior and is set to roll off its second assembly line in summer 2016.