Johnny Cash’s Psychobilly Cadillac

from Customs and Choppers Magazine 


I know for a fact that over the years many of my readers have been brought great joy when the heard the line “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash” then the opening riff to Folsom Prison Blues.

Since this is a Hot Rod magazine who can forget Johnny Cashes humorous song One Piece at a Time about  Johnny Cash “stealing” a one of a kind Psychobilly Cadillac.

Psycobilly cadillac

Psychobilly Caddillac here are the specs

Engine: Cadillac 500 Ci

Transmissioon: Hydra-Matic transmission

Exhaust: Cadillac (or GM) Exhaust between 49 and 73.

Body: Well the body is a fortynine, fifty, fifty one, fifty two, fifty three, fifty four, fifty five, fifty six, fifty seven, fifty eight, fifty nine, sixty, sixty one, sixty two, sixty three, sixty four, sixty five, sixty six, sixty seven, sixty eight, sixty nine, seventy body.

Local coal man, Bill Patch, and his mechanics scavenged salvage yards looking for whatever Cadillac parts they could find. They eventually pieced them together into a sweet ride that was actually mobile. Patch took the car to Tennessee, found Cash, and just gave it to him. The encounter led to Cash and wife, June Carter, performing a benefit concert in Welch to help the LIONs Club raise funds to build the Civic Auditorium, which went up in 1977. Cash later returned for a second show at the Civic Auditorium, and he and Patch developed a long friendship. The 1949-1973 Cadillac Sedan Deville Coupe—or Coupe Deville Sedan, depending on which fender you happen to be reading—was on display for many years at Cash’s “House of Cash” museum in Hendersonville, Tenn.

When the “House of Cash” was closed, the car changed hands several times and eventually ended up on the inventory of Historic Auto Attractions in Roscoe, Ill., where it has been on exhibit for the last several years.

Johnny Cash, Bill Patch & the Psychobilly Cadillac

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