Caesar Martinez, known to most as “Spanky,” grew up on the streets of Inglewood, California, in the late 1980s. Growing up out there, you’d just about have to be blind not to see lowriders in his neighborhood! Even though Spanky had a love for lowriding, it wasn’t until he moved out to Salt Lake City, Utah, in the early ’90s that brought him the chance to purchase his first low-low. It was a ’63 Chevy Impala. The Impala may have been his first, but it definitely wasn’t going to be his last.
In more recent times, Spanky had been looking to get away from hydraulically hopping cars and getting more into quietly cruising in more luxurious rides. Of course Cadillac is the first make to come to mind when considering a traditional-style lowrider. The hunt was on for a Fleetwood Brougham big body. Cadillac had made these models from ’93-’96 only in four-door hardtops. Still, they had style and class and were the last to sport chrome bumpers unlike the Cadillacs of today.
When Spanky finally found a Fleetwood at a local dealership, he was happy with the ride as is, but knew it had potential to really stand out among the rest. Spanky had heard about some of these model Fleetwoods being converted into two-door coupes and even fewer of those into convertibles. Spanky spoke with his fellow club members about the possibility. Initially, they thought he was crazy to think about cutting up his perfect Cadillac. After assembling a team that could make the idea happen, Spanky gave the go-ahead!
With builder Johnny Harrigan leading the conversion, the Cadillac sedan was eventually transformed into a coupe ragtop. The conversion was so clean it looked as though this car had actually rolled off the Cadillac assembly line as such! Keeping in with Cadillac’s styling, Spanky had his interior look equally impressive. The shifter was relocated to the center console and tan and suede line the entire upholstery, from the floor to the headliner.
Spanky would like to thank all those who helped him with this build, including God, his wife and kids, his friends Juan, Johnny, and Anthony Harrigan, and the entire family of Hu$tler$ Car Club.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham LeCabriolet
Vehicle Nickname: 96 Ways to Hu$tle
Owner: Caesar “Spanky” Martinez
City/State: Salt Lake City, Utah
Club: Hu$tler$ Car Club
Engine: 2007 LS6 V-8 built by Turn Key
Body/Paint: An amazing body modification transformed this stock four-door Cadillac sedan hardtop into a custom two-door convertible. Universal Auto Body in Salt Lake City did all modifications as well as painting the ride a black cherry with ghost box patterns. Chrome plating was done by Metal Masters of Murray, Utah.
Suspension: Three Kings Customs in Salt Lake City installed two Hoppo’s blocks with two Three Kings Customs tanks. 8-inch cylinders sit in the front and 12-inch cylinders are in the back.
Wheels/Tires: 13×7 OG Roadsters / OG NOS 5.20 whitewall tires
Interior: Elias Upholstery in Taylorsville, Utah, installed two bucket seats up front and plush back bench seat, all wrapped in tan leather and suede. A custom center console and headliner are in matching leather and suede.
Sound System: Sound Warehouse in Salt Lake City installed a 7-inch in-dash monitor and all sounds pump through tweeter and mid-range speakers and a pair of 12-inch Eclipse woofers