Today, the team at VIP Limousine stepped back in time to 1936, the year of manufacture of Antique Limo of Utah’s beautiful Cadillac Fleetwood sedan. This machine is truly stunning inside and out! Operated by Bill and Brianna Platt, this company provides a truly unique service in northern Utah.
The owner, Bill, bought the vehicle and rebuilt it from the inside out, maintaining the image and feel of the decade. On the outside, it is standard classic Cadillac. It starts with the gleaming hood ornament atop the old-fashioned side-opening hood: outfitted with the original Fleetwood badging, it opens to reveal the throaty, beating heart of an engine, rebuilt to modern standards but keeping the traditional sound. Pearl white paint, shiny chrome, and radial whitewalls complete the exterior look with the original Cadillac wheels.
Then, Bill and Brianna revealed the real magic to us all inside the Fleetwood by opening the heavy suicide doors. This interior was unlike anything we had ever been in. The car has the original dashboard with the enormous gauges, simple controls, and polished wood veneer from edge to edge. The seats, door panels, and headliner are all in a posh deep red velvet which exudes luxury, especially when on the cushy, spring-loaded seats. The original door handles, window winders, interior lights and switches, and the wood veneer around the window frames were simply exquisite details.
Bill then took the time to show us the party pieces of the Fleetwood, which were custom-fitted: twin televisions behind a locking panel, and then below those behind another door were the head unit for the stereo and DVD player, coupled with champagne flutes and a bucket for ice. Few things are more indicative of luxury than hidden items for enrichment of the traveling experience.
Bill and Brianna then offered to take us for a ride. Now THAT was a treat. The glorious old engine roared to life, with Bill vigorously turning the large original steering wheel to maneuver us out of the parking lot…while explaining that the vehicle does not have power steering, making it a driving gymnasium. We were astonished by how easily it drove, too! It had no trouble keeping up with the traffic in Salt Lake, even passing a few other cars with ease. But you don’t normally drive a classic like that; we took the time to meander and simply cruise.
Combined with the cushy seats, great legroom, and the original suspension, we simply floated down the road. Bumps, undulations, and potholes didn’t upset the Fleetwood’s composure in any way, nor did we particularly notice them either. As Bill pumped through some light 1930s music, Brianna further set the mood by providing us with small brochures explaining some of the vehicle history and specifications from 1936, but this also included some cultural statistics and information from that year regarding costs of living and hit music. It was a seriously cool touch to an already unforgettable ride.
As chauffeurs, we’re not used to actually being driven ourselves, but we’re extremely grateful to Antique Limo of Utah for this cool experience. There’s nothing like a classy ride with presence, and this company definitely provides that experience! Bill and Brianna were great to us, and we immensely appreciated their time.
At VIP Limousine, we love developing relationships with other local companies inside and outside of the transportation industry. Not only do we eat at local restaurants, such as the El Paisa Grill where we met with them today, but we also love to experience what a local business such as Antique Limo of Utah can provide. With a beautiful vehicle and a unique product, we look forward to developing and continuing a relationship with our new friends in the limo business!
For more information on El Paisa Grill: http://elpaisagrill.com/
For more information on Antique Limo of Utah: http://www.antiquelimoofutah.com/