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Cadillac Coupe DeVille Pick-up Caribou Motor Company

Cadillac Coupe DeVille in CHiPs, TV Series, 1977-1983 IMDB Ep. 3.01

Class: Cars, Pick-up — Model origin: US

Cadillac Coupe DeVille Pick-up Caribou Motor Company

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Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2008-03-18 11:22

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pretty sure we've had one of these custom cadillac pick-ups before on the site?

antp BE

2008-03-18 11:35

You think maybe to these: /vehicles_make-Cadillac_model-flower%20car.html ?
Only other one that I remember: /vehicle_25683-Cadillac-Coupe-DeVille-1974.html

-- Last edit: 2008-03-18 11:37:00

Ddey65 US

2008-03-18 14:37

antp wrote You think maybe to these: /vehicles_make-Cadillac_model-flower%20car.html ?

I for one am convinced that's exactly what it is.

carchasesfanatic ES

2008-03-18 14:46

Seems to be a Flower Car like this one /vehicle_10142-Cadillac-Flower-Car-1967.html

Animatronixx DE

2008-03-18 15:43

This is not a flower car, but a recreational vehicle, for sure! There were numerous body shops offering these El-Camino-like fashion pick ups on Coupe/ Sedan de Ville chassis, e. g. Traditional Coach Works, ACC (American Custom Coachworks), Wisco etc.

In this case I´m pretty sure it´s the "Caribou" by "American Built Cars, Inc." of San Francisco, which featured a complete fiberglass shell from the windshield to the rear bumper.

So, I´d list it as "197? Cadillac Coupe de Ville "Caribou" Pick Up by American Built Cars" (if there´s enough space ;) )

jettalover US

2011-06-29 04:18

Is a tailgate part of the conversion?

rjluna2 US

2011-06-29 14:16

Animatronixx wrote So, I´d list it as "197? Cadillac Coupe de Ville "Caribou" Pick Up by American Built Cars" (if there´s enough space ;) )

I guess we can wait for precise model year when someone post a better picture. :)

somename US

2011-06-29 15:22

Wouldn't "197? Cadillac 'Custom'" be more appropriate? Since we're never going to find out the coachbuilder, and it would enable all these one-off creations to be grouped together.

Donovan Savage

2015-05-26 23:22

No, without the coupe Deville window. This is just a regular Cadillac flower car.

somename US

2015-05-27 23:48

No not built on the commercial chassis and is clearly Coupe DeVille based.

Reg1992 US

2017-08-05 11:16

Any year on this one?

AnimatronixX DE

2019-03-09 21:30

Update: It appears like "American Built Cars" wasn't the inventor of these pick ups and the Caribou Motor Company of Grover City, California, is regarded as the actual coachbuilder.

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