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1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special

Photography can be like a treasure hunt. It’s a search for the special object or place and finding your own unique way of presenting it to the world. I love fifties era Cadillac cars and I’ve always wanted to shoot a 1958 model, but they are hard to come by. This Fleetwood Sixty Special has more chrome then just about anything that ever rolled off of the Detroit assembly line. I saw it earlier this summer at a car show, but as is so often the case the hood was open for judging and I couldn’t locate the owner to close it. A couple of weeks ago i saw it again at a show in Simsbury Connecticut, but once again the hood and truck were up. To my good fortune later in the day the owner closed then and I had my opportunity. It was a clear blue sky day so I got nice deep reflections in the car paint. I had to do some cloning and painting to take out reflections of people in the car doors, but after 150 cars I’ve learned how to do that. I place the car into a wide open spacious shoot in Death Valley California. Notice that I placed a reflection of the distant mountains into the car doors. This is the big one I’ve been fishing for and I stuffed and mounted it for your viewing pleasure.


1958 caddilac, sixty special, fleetwood, blue, classic, fifties, antique, car, luxery, death valley, cruising

The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • flyrod
    flyrodalmost 2 years ago

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning, the blue of the sky and the car are perfect and the added reflection is spot on. You really have become a master of your art.

  • I appreciate the generous comment Nigel. Thank you so much.

    – flyrod

  • John Schneider
    John Schneideralmost 2 years ago

    Being the last one to ever comment on anyones typing, they still say that, sooo… William the Conquerorr rode his 1058 Caddy stead to battle in 1066? :>)) – John

  • OK wise guy, you got me on this one. I couldn’t figure out what you were talking about at first. Thanks for the heads up. I corrected it. I should know by now that nothing gets past the professor of Car-ology. I draw better than I type.

    – flyrod

  • CarolM
    CarolMalmost 2 years ago

    Zoom, zoom! Fantastic!

  • Thanks Carol.

    – flyrod

  • John Schneider
    John Schneideralmost 2 years ago

    I’m am always amazaed at what you do… this is no exception! – John

  • Your comments are always appreciated John.

    – flyrod

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanalmost 2 years ago

    Spectacular work once again!

  • Thanks very much Monnie.

    – flyrod

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 2 years ago

    You did a masterful job on this, flyrod! Long and sleek, with wonderful attention to those huge fins! Love it!

  • Very kind of you to say Dot. Thanks so much.

    – flyrod

  • Gordon  Beck
    Gordon Beckalmost 2 years ago

    What an awesome piece of work…excellent as always!

  • I appreciate your comment Gordon.

    – flyrod

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusalmost 2 years ago

    Great work once again Flyrod love the fins on these models

  • Yes, they were true jet age. Thanks very much Steven.

    – flyrod

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent stuffing and mounting!!

  • Thanks Bill. I think it talks too.

    – flyrod

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