- Published: Monday, 04 December 2017 18:18
The ’61 DeVille’s fiery paint job and interior have undergone a full refurbishment, and it’s back for a good cause…
SINGAPORE — Fans of the most iconic car in Singapore that wasn’t actually on the road have another reason to cheer this holiday season.
More than a year after it was taken down from its unmissable perch over the premise’s entrance, the Hard Rock Café Singapore Cadillac is making its way home.
From today to 2 Jan 2018, the 1961 Cadillac Series 62 DeVille will be on display in front of Hard Rock Café Singapore as part of its festive celebrations.
This is part of a fundraising effort for the Breast Cancer Foundation. For a donation to the BCF of any amount, the public can take pictures with the car. Hard Rock has also concocted a commemorative strawberry basil lemonade, and 15 percent of the proceeds from sales of the drink will be donated to the foundation.
For 25 years, the flaming purple Caddy was a landmark along Cuscaden Road, making for an unmistakeable entrance to the establishment (below). It was taken down in May 2016 however, as part of the Café’s renovation plans.
The car was then put into a charity raffle, where patrons could pay $25 for a chance to win it in a lucky draw. It eventually went to Mr Kumar Balasingh, a local businessman and classic car collector, who refurbished it to its current state of loveliness.
Unique to this Caddy is the fact that the Hard Rock organisation has authorised the use of its logo on the car, making it not just any old Cadillac, but a piece of rock’n’roll memorabilia.
The restoration was necessary as a quarter of century’s worth of exposure to our tropical climate had taken its toll on the American land yacht.
Still, after a whole lot of TLC the Caddy is now back to looking like the icon of American motoring that it should be, and sitting kerbside in front of the Café means it’s now the closest to the road it’s been in a long time — but only for a limited time. Surely that’s worth a selfie, with the chance to do some good?