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Everything’s Bigger in… Australia? Eight-Wheeled 1977 Cadillac Eldorado Heads to Auction

Posted February 13, 2014 8:00 AM by dstrohl

Despite the Texas license plates on it, this eight-wheeled epitome of exuberant excess was neither created nor currently resides in the Everything Is Bigger state. Rather, this much-modified 1977 Cadillac Eldorado hails from Down Under, where it will cross the auction block later this month.

According to the Shannon's auction description for the Cadillac, chassis number 6L47S7Q306322, a Brisbane-based American car enthusiast exported the bone-stock 180hp 425-cu.in. V-8-powered coupe from Texas to Australia in the 1980s and immediately began to convert it into an eight-wheeler using Holden One Tonner ute tandem axles, at the same time leaving the Cadillac front-wheel driven (with all four front wheels steering) and left-hand drive. The stretched body panels to cover the stretched chassis were reportedly done in sheetmetal rather than fiberglass.

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02/14/2014 9:43 AM

If it's anything like the 'cool car' from League Of Extraordanary Gentlemen film, it's going to steer like a pregnant cow on pot. That film showed the actors and stunt drivers WHY cars are designed with a single axle for steering: The dual axle setup has the turning axles fighting each other, and the resulting slippage causes MAJOR understeering.

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