It’s time to cast an eye at Rick Dore’s latest. Shangri-La as Dore calls it, is a custom coachbuilt 1936 Cadillac. Mr. Dore has established an impressive reputation for turning out luxurious rides that reflect a marriage of Deco French styling and American engineering and doing it all by hand. Statement making design with elegant lines, and curves for miles define a Rick Dore creation. In an interview with GoodGuys, Dore described his vision for his cars as, “It has to have rhythm, bumper to bumper, and it has to flow. A car has to have elegance, but most importantly it has to have an attitude.” Shangri-la has all of that and then some.
This long, lean and luxurious beauty was a contender for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at this year’s Grand National Roadster Show. By the by it was the only GM in the bunch. We were lucky enough to take a gander at Shangri-La in bare metal at the 2016 SEMA Show. It took Mr. Dore a while to decide on the paint because he and a few thousand others thought it looked perfect without paint, and it did.
PPG’s best was the choice for the final coat for this coach. “Ink-Well Blue” is the hue, if you were wondering. The open wheel fenders, Cooker wide whites and the spectacular Cadillac spokes set off Shangri-La’s sporty, low slung stance. That stance has a 116 inch wheel bace, rides on an Art Morrision chassis with coil overs on all four.
The removable hardtop, handmade chrome plated trim and curved windshield are just a few of the unexpected details that make Shangir-La a cloud nine Custom.
Ron Mangus created the elegant custom interior.
A GM 380 HP Ram Jet V-8 engine gets Shangri-La where it wants to go. A GM 700R4 automatic transmission backs the Ram Jet V-8. Marcel DeLay of Marcel’s Custom Metal Lines crafted the aluminum hand fabricated the body to Dore’s specifications. The artistry in this ride is beyond compare. It’s paradise, it’s nirvana, it’s gear head Shangri-La!
You can see more of this ride in the Gallery from the Grand National Roadster Show.
Gather your pennies y’all, this custom conveyance is going up on the auction block. Check out the Mecum Site to get the skinny on this rarified ride
Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!