Long standing South Bunbury Rotary Club member, Kevin Coote has been working hard to facilitate a great outcome for TAFE, our Club and the future restoration of a classic 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.
A few years ago TAFE were gifted a partially restored 1959 Cadillac but unfortunately the car and a shed load of parts lay untouched as the restoration project was outside of the TAFE's curriculum and capability. In order to address this issue, TAFE asked our Club if we could assist. Kevin facilitated the purchase of this classic beauty by the current president of the Cadillac LaSalle Club Australia (WA Region), Chris Boucher. Chris said "This will be a big project, but worth bringing it back to its former glory. If successful I will try to have it complete it in time for our next national's, that we hope to have in Busselton." Through this facilitation, the Club has raised significant funds for future community projects. We can't wait to see Chris & the Cadilla La Salle Club's restoration of this classic beauty in the near future! 
A bit of history on the Cadillac.....
It might have become an enduring symbol of 1950s car culture, but when it went on sale in 1959 the Series 62 Cadillac was probably the most polarising design the brand had ever seen. The result of a palace coup in which General Motors styling chief, Harley Earl, was blind-sided while he was away in Europe by design staff who thought Cadillac styling was going in the wrong direction, the monstrously be-finned 1959 range became a symbol of the American excesses of the time. The soaring, razor-sharp fins of 1959 - the biggest the industry has ever seen - were symbolic of GMC's response to its ousting by Chrysler as the leader of North American car design. The resultant bold styling that was reflected across all GMC brands successfully re-established the company in what it considered its rightful position. The 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville featured here ran a cast-iron, pushrod V8, displacing 6.4 litres and producing 227kW, and driving through GM's own four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. It rode on a suspension that featured a simple live axle at the rear-end - the car's ride quality was contributed to not only by its weight, but also by its massive 3302mm wheelbase. The braking was attended to by a power-assisted all-drum system, and not only was the Cadillac huge, it was also mighty heavy, equaling many contemporary full-size off-road 4WD wagons. Passengers lounged in what at the time was unrivaled luxury: Power steering, air-conditioning, power seats, self-dipping headlights, and even cruise control were no strangers to Cadillac - and the space was enormous, from the interiors to the elongated boot.