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Vintage Vehicle Set Ablaze at the Cadillac Ranch

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The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is one of the Lone Star State’s most iconic art installations. Featuring 10 half-buried Caddies from 1949-1963, the brightly-painted cars sport all sorts of graffiti — but vandals still found a way to deface one of the oldest cars in the exhibit.


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Melting away history

 Deputies responded to a call at the Cadillac Ranch, where they discovered that the oldest car had been set ablaze. The fire scorched away nearly 200 pounds of spray paint on the vehicle — and firefighters used about 600 gallons to extinguish the flames.

At the Cadillac Ranch, visitors are free to express themselves by painting the cars.  Cadillac Ranch representative Bryan Brumley explained that the fire simply melted off years of spray paint, and much like West Texas itself, the car endured, iconic and strong as ever.

Since the car’s structural integrity remains intact, the vehicle will remain on display. Despite the incident, visitors are still free to decorate the 1949 Club Sedan.


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About the Cadillac Ranch

Standing along Route 66, the Cadillac Ranch is a Texas landmark. A group of artists, known as The Ant Farm, wanted to showcase the evolution of Cadillac tailfins over the years — and baffle everyone who drove by the quirky installation. That’s why they partially buried 10 Cadillac models, nose down in the dirt, all facing west. And since it first opened to the public in 1974, visitors have been free to photograph, paint and even plunder pieces off of these vintage vehicles. This simple — but delightfully interactive — idea has drawn visitors from across the country and around the world, all eager to make their mark on the cars.

Just remember — if you want to paint the cars, bring your own spray paint! And for the love of all things good in this world, don’t light a match anywhere near the art installation.

Source: GM Authority