SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 44, November 3, 2016

Foose Design’s 1935-Inspired Cadillac Madam X Debuts

By SEMA News Staff

  Madam X
Fabrication for Madam X began with a ’39 Cadillac Four-Door 60 Special and was inspired by an original 1935 concept sketch by GM designer Art Ross.
   

In a press conference in the BASF booth Tuesday at the 2016 SEMA Show, SEMA Hall of Famer Chip Foose unveiled his latest creation. The ’39 Cadillac was painted with Glasurit 90 Line paint.

“With its mix of old-school class and cutting-edge technology, the Madam X is becoming one of my all-time favorite builds,” Foose noted.

Fabrication began with a ’39 Cadillac Four-Door 60 Special and was inspired by an original 1935 concept sketch by GM designer Art Ross. Madam X is now re-bodied as a two-door coupe that has been lowered, shortened and customized into a masterpiece of old-school coach building. Foose has added his own unmistakable eye for clean design and bespoke touches on this truly one-of-a-kind creation for automotive dealership magnate Wes Rydell. After three decades of stylistic evolution and perfecting his craft, Madam X represents a new chapter in Foose’s 30 years in design, and one that should leave a major impression at the SEMA Show.

The Madam X features a powerful Corvette, Gen V LT-1 motor, an eight-speed 8L90 automatic transmission from a Cadillac Escalade coupled to a Camaro Z01 third-member, C6 Corvette suspension front and rear, and Pirelli tires to ensure modern performance alongside its classic design. In addition, the body features all- new chrome trim, a custom leather interior, one-off cloth Carson top, custom-mixed BASF paint, stunning painted blonde wood dash, and bespoke MHT billet aluminum wheels styled to resemble classic Cadillac hubcaps.

The Cadillac is currently on display in the BASF booth #20367 in Central Hall.

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