Outrageous 1979 Cadillac Seville Shorty!

If you enjoy the weird and wild as well as the wonderful in the classic car world, look no further than this 1979 Cadillac Seville, which looks to be a heavily customized Tomaso conversion! It’s for sale here on eBay in Florida, and we say “thank you” to reader Rocco for sending this to us! Let’s look closer!

As you may know, the Seville has roots all the way back to the late ’50s, when the Seville was some type of option package on the Eldorado. From 1975 to 2004, however, the Seville was its own separate model in the Cadillac lineup.

The car we see before us represents a double-customized Seville, as they all began life as boxy sedans, but for thousands of 1970s dollars more, you could get yours sent to one of a handful of shops and have it converted to coupe, convertible, and even stretched chassis with fake spare tires in the front fenders. The seller mentions this being a “Fisher” but it looks more like a Tomaso coupe conversion, but we couldn’t find much in the way of details on short deadlines as to how many were made. We did find information that Tomasoes were designed by a Tom Earnhardt of Armbruster/Stageway in Arkansas, and for a paltry $11,000, you could send your Seville to Tomaso in Arkansas, where it would be converted to the proportions we see here: 20 inches shorter and slightly lower on a modified suspension.

From the looks of this particular example, someone went above-and-beyond in taking an already modified vehicle and going absolutely nutzoid with the multi-color metallic paint and interior treatments. The odometer shows 29,000 miles and it looks as though there’s red shag carpeting in the trunk.

I have to be honest with you –  I personally don’t like the color combinations on this car, but I have to give credit to the person who had that custom work done, for having the chutzpah to roll around in such a sparkly machine. I’ll gladly admit, though, that there is a certain absurdity to this car that I find fascinating! I do enjoy the idea of potentially having the wildest set of wheels at any car gathering. I don’t know that I’d pay the $16,000 reserve, but it might be fun for a while at a lower price.

That’s what I think, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. Moparman Member

    I was raised with the understanding that if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything! The bumpers look nice! :-)

    Like 17
    • stu

      Moparman ,
      Really, my first impression is WTF and WTH! Who would make that and spend sooo much time and money!

      Like 2
  2. daniel wright

    Unless your name is Huggy Bear or Rooster and you have a wardrobe to match I would say hard Pass.

    Like 18
    • Fred W

      While reading this article, play “Diamond in the Back” (Youtube) in the background. You’ll be transported back to the late 70’s. Just be sure to come back!

      Like 1
    • Jim

      Freddie’s dead.

      Like 3
  3. Jim

    I remember as a kid, taking pieces of one model car and putting them on another. I guess this is kind of for those that haven’t outgrown that kind of thing.

    Like 3
    • Chris M.

      It’s possible Jim. But often times it’s more of a matter of wild enthusiasm meeting a complete absence of taste.

      Like 1
  4. whmracer99

    Had one of these go through the IAAI auctions about a year ago as part of a collection. Don’t think bidding reached $2k.

    • stu

      Well let me tell you this one will surpass $10,000.00

      Like 2
      • George Member

        It does have that special “Fisher” body!

        About five years ago I went to an area of Miami known as “North Bay Village,” a series of islands on Biscayne Bay. I think I saw five of them for sale, each one more absurd then the next

        If you got a cheap, it might be a hood but you could get the same effect by wearing high heels and Dolly Parton wig

  5. CCFisher

    I think the shorty conversion (NOT done by Fisher body as the seller asserts) is showy enough. There was no need to festoon it with a lurid color scheme and JC Whitney accessories. It’s grotesque.

    Like 4
    • Chris M.

      You’ll find that there are certain, shall we say “cultural” values that influence abortions like this POS.

      Like 1
      • CCFIsher

        I’m picturing a guy in his late 50s/early 60s, living in Florida, perpetually tan, festooned with gold jewelry, his shirt unbuttoned nearly to his navel.

        Like 1
  6. John H

    I am allergic to fur-lined coats, so, pass.

    Like 2
  7. Argy

    I am reminded of Michelle Pfeiffer’s face when she saw Tony Montana’s ‘63 Eldorado with tiger-print interior.

    “It looks like somebody’s nightmare.”

    Like 4
  8. T

    Gosh…..I love this website. Never a dull moment.

    Like 5
    • stu


  9. Djs

    I’ll pass maybe a movie set may want it or that special person

  10. P

    This is something that Paul Lynde, Charles Nelson Riley and Rex Reed would ride around in.

    The colors are.. .F. a b u l o u s !!!!

    Like 2
  11. Comet

    All me… gold front tooth, cop’n a Detroit lean. Thankfully, the owner resisted the urge to install one of those gold crown air fresheners on the dash. Now that would be gaudy.

    Like 5
    • daniel wright

      All you need is a purple velvet coat, platform shoes with optional goldfish and am enormous hat with an ostrich feather.

      Like 4
    • stu

      One thing missing on this car…the spinning hub caps…defiantly the gold crown is a must have feature on this beast!

      Like 1
  12. Karl

    Not in my lifetime!

  13. Maestro1 Member

    It’s atrocious but I admire the previous owner’s courage. If i were to really feel anything for this car I would media blast it, make sure the welds were solid in the conversion and certainly calm the color and interior down.

    Like 1
    • Autoworker

      What kind of money would you have in it to do so? Sadly, that paint wasn’t cheap.

      Like 1
  14. Steve Clinton

    Does it come with an instruction book ‘How To Completely Ruin A 1976 To 1979 Seville’?

    Like 2
  15. Ike Onick

    Interesting tone to the comments.

    Like 2
    • Harry

      Yeah, there is a bit of that, isn’t there. Not a pleasant smell.

      Like 2
      • Chris M.

        Censorship stinks too!

        Say, Ike what do you mean exactly by “tone of the comments?”

  16. AMCFAN

    My guess is the main haters of this stumbled on this ‘Llac in person. If out in the wild along with others like it and their friends the haters would have nothing but good things to say….. or face a good beating!

    Like 1
    • Major Thom

      Uh, no. CWP. Hideous here and to their face(s).

      Like 3
  17. Chuck Dickinson

    Seville was NOT a trim option on early Eldorados as stated in the text. The convertible Eldorado became the Eldorado Biarritz in 56; the hardtop version was called the Seville. It remained that way until 60, after which the name was retired until 76 when the new ‘small’ Caddy was given the name. Quite simple, and NOT a trim option, it was a model!

    Like 2
  18. Autoworker

    I can think of one thing that would make the paint job look better on this car. Flames…real flames.

    Like 3
    • stu

      Are you saying as in a tank of gasoline and a match flames!

      • Chris M.

        I think you get the picture stu. Lol 🔥🔥

      • stu


  19. PairsNPaint

    Not enough psychedelic mushrooms on this earth to get me into that thing!

  20. 1Ronald

    Ghetto all the way. Miami Gardens? Liberty City? Opa Locka? Riviera Beach?

    • Ike Onick

      I enjoy BF until the racist, old white guy comments like this one show up. The editors should know better. And they should know this is why my $50 stays in my pocket.

      Like 6
      • jokacz

        But the homophobic comments didn’t bother you? Just so no ethnic group feels left out, I thought the thing looked bad taste Italian.

        Like 4
      • Chris M.

        LMAO!! I knew it’d be a matter of time before one if not a few of you snowflakes showed up and called anyone who made an innocuous comment “the old racist white guy.” It is what it is man. Black pimps are synonymous with cars like this. Old white guys just didn’t form that opinion through unfounded stereotypes.

        Like 8
      • Chris M.

        Typical response Ike. So typical. Douchebag.

    • Chris M.

      True dat, Ronnie, true dat!

      Like 2
      • Ike Onick


      • stu

        Chris M.
        And your not a snowflake…Nice

      • Chris M.

        No stu, I am not a snowflake. Nor am I a racist old white guy.

      • stu

        Chris M.
        Not saying you are just all of us on this site are saying what we see…It’s awful and ridicules thing to do to any car…I don’t think you would be behind the drivers seat in this beauty?

        Like 1
      • Chris M.

        Stu if I was going to a Halloween party…maybe, just maybe.

  21. Rick Rothermel

    What a hideous thing to do to a Seville!

    Kill it with fire please.

    Like 1
  22. Dennis Mitchell

    As much as I hate the proportions and the colour scheme, after cruising through all the pictures on eBay, the darned thing is starting to grow on me. So, this is a Civil Seville comment.

    Like 1
  23. RJ

    I love the paint. Reminds me of ribbon candy.

  24. Rodney - GSM

    Not a hater. Cadillac should have made a real two seater a long time ago. If you see this as a train wreck, I invite you to look at all 12 photos in the eBay ad, notably the hood ornament. It appears to be a weird version of the Rolls Royce “Spirit of Ecstasy” relieving itself on the multi colored hood. A statement automobile.


    Liberace did this better.And by “better”…I mean his was rhinestone encrusted.

  26. Gregory Lee

    Reminds me of the El Dorado in Magnum Force.

  27. V8roller

    I think this is the first shorty I could actually own.
    The proportions still look OK.
    Yes. the purple is a bit much, but otherwise….

    Just as well it’s a left-hooker so I’m not tempted.

  28. ChingaTrailer

    Far better looking than yet another SUV or Honda CRV.

    I’m glad some are willing to make the highways less boring.

    Not my personal taste but it doesn’t have to be.

    Like 1
  29. Mike

    Needs sequential tail lights. Not like a ‘60s Ford. I mean made out of sequins.

    Like 1
  30. P Wentzell

    I keep waiting for the clowns to pour out of this horror show on wheels.

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