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Cow-dillac: 1963 Cadillac Luxury Pickup

“Car has been customized,” begins the ad for this ’63 Cadillac flower car shared with us by reader Greg F.—well, yeah, that’s for sure! Check out those sky-high fins! They say fully loaded luxury pickups are “Texas Cadillacs,” but apparently one of the past owners of this Caddy sort-of-pickup said, “Why choose?” and then added an extra heaping dollop of Texas on top. Now it’s available here on craigslist out of Lanesboro, Minnesota, of all places, for $4,500. At that price, could it mooooooo-ve you? (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)

While the entire car sports a custom bovine motif, the most significant modifications seem to be centered around the rear, where the tailfins have been, er, amplified, the rear deck lowered, the rear window embiggened, custom fender skirts fitted, and a Continental kit added—the better for advertising the Saturday night entertainment at the Lonesome Armadillo in downtown Amarillo. There’s a fair amount of variability in these largely handcrafted “professional cars,” but most other flower cars of this vintage I’ve seen also still have a rear side door, which seems to have been closed off in this case.

The quality of workmanship on some these additions is suspect—check out that nasty corrosion along the seam of the fin cap—but, then, so is the overall condition of the rest of the car. It’s described as an “art car,” and perhaps that’s where the seller perceives its value to lie. It’s certainly not being aggressively marketed as potential transportation—mechanical condition, any work done, or even whether or not it runs all go unmentioned. Besides which, the title is missing, and there’s no telling when those Texas plates were last valid.

The Continental kit is a good tip-off, I think: this car would work perfectly parked outside of a Texas-style barbecue joint as an advertising landmark. Heck, turn the rear into a planter and make a real flower car out of it. If you look at it as part of your annual marketing budget, $4,500, amortized over several years with only the occasional fresh coat of paint and load of fertilizer, seems like a bargain!


  1. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Just about when I had forgotten this. The song remains the same. Time to lower the price. https://barnfinds.com/stories-tell-1963-cowboy-cadillac/

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    • Mike

      So Barn Finds doesn’t go “hey, that looks familiar” when they post stuff for a second time? They’ve done it on several occasions. Don’t they monitor their own website?

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      • Jonny

        I haven’t seen it so it’s not the end of the world if it pops up again, crazy machine

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  2. TimS

    Appearing tonight at the Lonesome Armadillo. W.T. & the F’s.

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    • firemedic2714


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  3. RoughDiamond

    No! Please no!

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  4. canadainmarkseh

    I’ve got nothing…..!!

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  5. Rodney - GSM

    You had me at “embiggened”….

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  6. LunarDog LunarDog

    Already on here this year…

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  7. Chris

    The unholy alliance of poor taste and unstoppable ambition. We’ve seen it before and we will see it again.

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  8. grant

    Are the tailfins made of wood? Lol. Just kill it. Kill it with fire.

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    • canadainmarkseh

      Thanks you made me laugh…!

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  9. stillrunners

    But then again these were just junkers after 5 years or so Miguel – no need to be shooting people for saving for another time….it would have been crushed in our wrecking yard for weight with plenty of motors in the back !

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    • Miguel

      Yes there is.

      They took a very rare beautiful flower car and destroyed it.

      That is reason enough.

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  10. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    We already saw this car, as leiniedude points out. These redundant write-ups seem to be getting more frequent….

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  11. Madmatt

    Just pull into the local honky tonk/steakhouse….with this and your gonna be like a Boss……Boss Hogg.!!… lol 😎….. would be great for parades…and…. scaring towns people…haha….😂

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  12. Jimmy

    All I can say is …..

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  13. Kenneth Carney

    You’re right Mike, I’ve seen this one about
    8 months ago. At that time though, I just
    couldn’t find a use for this beast until now. Since we gave up our paper route
    earlier this month, I’ve been thinking
    going back out on the road (At my age)
    and playing music again–this time doing
    a 2-person karaoke show with my neice.
    Since Sis landed a really good job with
    Blue Cross/Blue Shield, I’ve gotta find
    something to do before I go stark raving
    bonkers, and I realized that this “truck”
    would be ideal for hauling our sound
    equipment from show to show. Of course, I’d have a really good body man
    remove all that crap from it, fill in all
    those mounting holes, restore the body
    and then repaint it a more dignified
    color than it is now. Even in this second
    post, the seller/flipper makes no mention
    of the 390 V-8, its condition, or that of
    the rest of the driveline either. All he
    can do is hope to sell this monstrocity
    with those god-awful photos he’s using
    right now. To be frank and honest, I’d
    offer him $500 for it as shipping registration, and repair codts would
    make this project sooo not worth it
    unless you could get this thing dirt
    cheap. And yes Miguel, if I decide
    to do this, I’ll do my best to put this
    thing back in as original shape as
    possible. I hear this poor car crying

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Say Kenneth, sorry to hear you gave up the route. If you can make music man go for it! Do some live shows Kenneth, I’d much rather pay to see live music than a karaoke show. You can do it! Best of luck Bro, Mike.

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  14. glen

    Who would pay $4500.00 for this?

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  15. 86 Vette Convertible

    Come on, I was going to eat breakfast then I saw this abomination. Now I can’t eat.

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  16. Ike Onick

    Looks worse than it did the first time. Hire an arsonist and spare us from having to see this a third time.

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  17. jdjonesdr

    Wait a second! A flower car with Air Horns?? What’s wrong with this picture?

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  18. Fahrvergnugen Farhvergnugen Member

    This one looks infected with Mad Cow Disease.

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  19. bobk

    Frankly, I’m amazed that “The Big Texan” restaurant on I-40 in Amarillo hasn’t snapped this up. It would fit right in….

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    • P.Melvin

      If you could eat that 72 oz. steak dinner in under an hour, while staring at this horror, and keep it down, they should give you free meals for life.

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      • Jimmy

        @P.Melvin, If he was still alive John Candy could do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc_5tx7xRlg

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      • P.Melvin

        Oh, Johnny, we hardly knew ye! It was this kind of thing that took him so soon. I once weighed a good bit more than him, I believe, but I could never push myself this far.
        I was told once that one of favorite meals was the Mickey D’s surf and turf-a 1/4 pounder and a filet o fish crammed together. I tried t. It wasn’t that good.
        That and a heavy smoking habit was it for him.

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  20. Bob

    I was not reading Barn Finds 8 months ago, so thank you for bringing this back. How sad someone destroyed this old flower car. I say crush it!

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    • Ike Onick

      There have been so many repeats lately checking in every few months is probably OK.

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  21. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    I’m with Ike. It looks like the second time around and it’s still fading away. And all the gee gaws mounted on it will likely soon fall off. If I bought it, I would try to bring it back to its original flower car livery but there has been a lot of hacking to that body on panels that never should have been hacked! Shame.

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  22. Little_Cars Little Cars Member

    Missing title? So what if the cowboy that built this beast decides it’s his again and wants it back?

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    • Ike Onick

      Gunfight at the OK Corral.

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  23. Daved


    I’ll bring the bullets!!!

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  24. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Now I remember a ’55 Mercury on a pole along Route 33 between Columbus and Lancaster when I was a kid. I thought that Merc was cool, and the fact that it was up on that pole, (advertising something), was just the bomb.

    This would be a good use of this Caddie: Up on a pole along some Texas highway, advertising belt buckles, boots, or barbecue. Here’s an internet photo of exactly what I’m talking about!

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  25. Michael Ridley

    the real money is to restore those erector set oil wells on the front. I have seen those pieces go for 3 and 4 dollars each

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    • jdjonesdr

      C’mon. that’s pushing it. They would have to be in immaculate condition.

      Like 1
  26. Rob S.

    This this could take flight with those wings…..wait, maybe not……they might break off.
    WTF could you do with this???

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  27. KawiVulc

    If a car could wear a bag over it’s head this poor Caddy would be begging for one.

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  28. Jim Z Member

    Words fail me…..

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