Bruno's back in a Cadillac
BRUNO Barba feels like a 10-year-old boy when he gets behind the wheel of his shiny black 1953 Series 62 convertible and cruises along the coast.
"I remember my dad and uncle having a car like this when I was a kid and I get that same feeling again," he said.
The "straight as" left-hand drive convertible is healing a broken heart for Bruno, who lost a Cadillac coupe and a convertible in the Black Saturday fires on February 7, 2009.
"It was a big loss and I never thought I would ever do it again, but the bug got me after a while," said Bruno, who recently moved to the coast from Glenburn on the border of Kinglake National Park in Victoria, motoring up to Queensland in style.
Even though this Cadillac is in great condition, Bruno will completely restore it to showroom condition once he has completed another just like it that is sitting in the shed.
All bonnet and boot, and with brand new whitewall tyres, bright chrome Dagmar bumpers and the regal flying lady hood ornament out front, Bruno's Cadillac is a tribute to the flamboyant era that favoured style and horsepower with the Cadillac known as the "The Standard of the World".
Recently joining the All Classic Car Club, Bruno said he was looking forward to showing his Cadillac in the car show at Bell Park, Emu Park in May.