Steve Trott’s classic-car history is a little out of the ordinary, to say the least. For a start, he only has soft-tops. They’re always pre-war and currently have badges that say Packard, Auburn and Cadillac. A rare 1950 ‘bullet-nose’ Studebaker convertible was a rare departure.

His 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupé has been superbly restored, and must surely be the only example in New Zealand. If not, Steve would very much like to hear about it.

Like most of his other vehicles, the Cadillac was restored by Trevor Gordon of Katikati. Since the late eighties, apart from a six-month break, Steve has had one car or another with Trevor for restoration, and the Cadillac illustrates why Steve trusts his restorations to no one else. Trevor enjoys what he does, and it shows. In another break from his usual kind of classic, Steve has commissioned Trevor to restore a 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible, and no doubt it will be a stunner as well. Trevor wants to retire, but he agreed to keep going for a while longer, to finish the Impala.

Steve bought the Cadillac, partly restored, in 2006 from the person who imported it from Los Angeles in 1999. It sat for a time while Steve concentrated on other projects, and was finally delivered to Trevor’s workshop in June 2008. New floor pans had been expertly fabricated, but they hadn’t been installed, being simply screwed in place. No other work had been done on the body, and Trevor says it was the usual straightforward job on an American car of replacing the bottom 150–200mm of most of the panels around the car. It was a total, body-off, bare-metal restoration.

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