Saturday, June 7, 2014

Everything that you wanted to know about the Cadillac with the Tiger in it

EVG readers may know that we've long admired the Cadillac on East Second Street ... the one with the stuffed Tiger in it. In previous weeks we've present three true East Village stories from the view of the Cadillac with the Tiger in it. It comes to an end today, though, as the Cadillac with the Tiger in it moves on to a new owner. There is a farewell for the car today from noon-3 p.m. on East Second Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

Hello from the Cadillac with the Tiger in it
Part 4: Fun Facts about the Cadillac

• My Year, Make & Model: 1978 Cadillac Sedan Deville

• My name: "the Cadillac"

• The Tiger's name: "Tiger"

• Engine: 425 8 cylinder

• Mpg: City 10-12 Highway: 18-20

• Color: Pistachio Green w/White Vinyl roof

• Mileage: Approximately 450,000 (odometer stopped working at 207,362 about 20 years ago) This is almost the distance to and from the earth and the moon.

• Purchased in 1992 for $450

• Current owner is the 3rd owner

• All mechanical equipment has been replaced at least once except the engine and timing chain

• 1st came to East 2nd Street in 1992 when the black locust trees bloom in the cemetery

• Most memorable road trip moment: Crossing the state line into Alabama while my owner sang the line from Neil Young's song, "Alabama": "...Your Cadillac has got a wheel in the ditch and a wheel on the track..." until his cat pawed him in the face to get him to shut up

• Estimated number of photos taken of me by passersby each week: 350-650

• Most mysterious photographer: A woman who took one photo of me every day for a year and then she vanished

• The Tiger decided to get a gold leash when the Lorde song, “Royals,” was released.

• Vandalism damage to car while parked on East 2nd Street 1992 to 2011: $0

• Vandalism damage to car while parked on East 2nd Street 2011 to present: $1,900

• Vandalism damage since the tiger has been in the front seat: $0

• Date of retirement: Today. The black locust trees bloomed two weeks ago.

Previously on EV Grieve:
That Cadillac that we've long admired on East 2nd St. now has a stuffed tiger on the front seat

And now, stories from the Cadillac with the Tiger in it on East 2nd Street

And now, another story from the Cadillac with the Tiger in it on East 2nd Street

Alas, the end is near for the Cadillac with the Tiger in it on East 2nd Street

Also! The Cadillac with the Tiger in it now has its on website. Find that here.


blue glass said...

i have never met the cadillac with the tiger in it but i will miss him(?).
have a good trip.

Squid said...

Another fabulous piece of the EV moves on! Goodbye Tiger, Goodbye Cadillac! We who have love you from a far will miss you. Thank you for all the years of joyous existence. xxxxx

Anonymous said...

That's my block - I salute that Cadillac every day. I got to see it float away on a flatbed truck a few minutes ago. Sorry to see it go.

Anonymous said...

I once had a neighbor who collected various non-fuzzy creatures, like lizards and snakes. His car was so old that the door locks didn't work. Still, to make sure no one would steal the car when parked in a crime-ridden neighborhood, he would brink along one of the massive snakes (python? boa? don't recall), which would coil itself around the passenger seat and sleep. No one ever touched the car. Needless to say you could leave a $100 bill on the dashboard and it would still be there when you returned (unless the snake went on a bender).

- East Villager

Fipper said...

Thank you for putting a smile on my face everytime I walk pass.

Gojira said...

Why? Why? Why? Another loss, small but so indicative...I hope the blog continues so we can keep track of Tony and Caddy's whereabouts.

Laura Goggin Photography said...

Aww, I'll miss Tiger Cadillac. I loved seeing it every time I walked past the cemetery. Happy trails!

Anonymous said...

Are there any reports/pix from the party this past weekend? I couldn't go. If anyone has anything please post.

the Cadillac with the Tiger in it said...

I thank all of you who have expressed interest in my stories. I made it safely to my new location and Ernest is taking good care of us. Soon I will update you all with photos and info about the farewell gathering which was wonderful. But the tiger and I need to rest a little first---we've had a long journey and a lot of excitement the past week!