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A touch of glitz from Liberace’s gold leaf Cadillac

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VISITORS to this year’s Footman James stand at the Classic Motor Show may be forgiven for thinking the theme is a lovefest of the outlandish, lavish and extravagant as it unveils a classic car of monumental glitz as its centrepiece.

The specialist insurance broker has secured a 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Drophead Coupe featuring 23.7ct gold-leaf clad bodywork, silver external door handles and 24ct gold-plated internal door handles, to wow the crowds at the NEC show next month.

It was reportedly owned by the flamboyant entertainer Liberace.

In the 1970s the car was owned by a Jack Smith from Kansas who spent three years making it even more flamboyant. His efforts included dazzling white leather upholstery and driving lamps that move with the steering wheel.

It was sold at auction in 1975 and then spent 12 years on display in a German museum.  Today it is owned by Cheshire-based enthusiast Mike Radcliffe.

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