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Cadillac Car Collection Tour

Cadillac Car Collection Tour

Tampa Bay
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 10:15am
Bradenton
Florida

By Len Berman  On the first Sunday of August, two dozen members of the Tampa Bay Section took advantage of theopportunity to tour a charming and unique bit of Americana devoted to automobiles. Cadillac aficionadoSal Santoro opened up his vast private collection of all things related to the marque, including models, literature, ads, models, artwork, and even clothing, for us. Also included was memorabilia related to the New York Yankees and his career before retirement. The centerpiece was a large space housing his collection of Cadillacs of every decade, from the 1940s to the 1990s (since expanded to the 1930s and 2000s). There was a wide variety, including a custom Cadillac pickup, a station wagon, and a number of sexy convertibles. Standard models included the actual Cadillac sedan used in the movie Driving Miss Daisy and even an exact replica of the Cadillac ambulance from the original Ghost Bustersmovie. Breaking the mold, but just as interesting, was a GMC panel truck with a lighted dioramainside. The layout of the display was as mesmerizing as the cars. The walls were decorated with a collection of storefronts, including a bank, a movie theater, a café, and a gas station (the “Mirage Garage”). Most fascinating was a barber shop, the false interior seen through the windows being from an actual shop and showing Sal himself cutting a neighbor’s hair. Even the storage room behind each door in the wall intrigued everyone. A visit to Duff’s Buffet ended the morning, leaving everyone satisfied in just about every way imaginable.