Roaming around a 20,000-square-foot antiques mall left me returning several times to a display case with a little 5″ pink, metal car that just had to come home with me!
The 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille caught my eye among thousands of antiques as large as furniture, and I immediately wanted to photograph it with pink hydrangeas on a black reflective surface. And that’s exactly what I did!
It had been a couple of years since I visited Gannon’s Antiques and Art Center in Fort Myers, Florida. It’s a great indoor mall of 20,000 square feet and 100 vendors. And like most of these places, you need to look high and low for all kinds of treasures likely in plain sight.
When I saw the little pink car, I didn’t know its model or information as cars really aren’t my thing. However, after I got home – with a stop on the way for pink hydrangeas – I Googled the car and found interesting information.
The actual 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille was recognizable by its prominent fender skirts (or tailfins) with dual bullet lights, and it had automatic transmission; power seats, windows and brakes; air conditioning; and wide tires with factory wheel covers.
In 1959, the price for a new Coupe DeVille was $5,252 plus options – including choices of radio; cruise control; power locks; automatic headlight dimmer; and power trunk lid. That year, Cadillac built 21,924 of this two-door, hard-top coupe, and I found pictures of them in different colors, including of course pink.
But, back to my newfound treasure – the little pink Coupe DeVille car!
It’s a die-cast metal car that measures exactly 5.25″ and was so much fun to photograph. I played around with different perspectives, and did some pictures with the pink hydrangeas and others of just the car alone. You’ll see I added a tube of pink lipstick at one point to better show the size of the car.
When I finished photographing, I realized the pink car fits exactly on the base of the Mac display on my art table where I write and post things to The Daily Artisan. Whenever I need a minute of inspiration, I can just drive it around on the table and imagine what it was like to own such an attention-grabbing car in 1959. It’s a beauty!
And if you follow The Daily Artisan, you already know how much I love hydrangeas and all things pink!
So, enjoy the photographs – and imagine yourself driving this 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille all over town. You just know it had to have turned heads!
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