Some custom cars achieve maximum visual impact with color, rather than radical body modifications. That’s definitely the case with Chuck and Paulette Mayo’s brilliant jade green ’62 Cadillac Coupe devil, which was a Top Five finalist for Custom of the Year at the 2018 Goodguys All American Get-Together.

Of course, early-’60s Cadillacs are cars that have such radical lines from the factory that significantly altering them hardly seems necessary. Instead, Standley Brothers Customs in Yuba City, California, was commissioned to smooth out the Coupe deVille’s angular, rocket-inspired styling by shaving the hood and trunk emblems, door handles and side trim, allowing the distinctive linear body lines to speak for themselves. The gorgeous PPG Dragon Green finish does a fantastic job of accentuating the car’s shape even further. Why green? Because, according to Chuck, there are “too many red cars in the world!”

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Chuck and Paulette had good reasoning for choosing a ’62 Cadillac to build. For starters, they wanted something comfortable to cruise between their homes in California and Missouri, and what could be more comfortable and stylish than a big, long Coupe deVille? The model year also had special significance because 1962 is when Chuck and Paulette got married.

To make the car more efficient, powerful and reliable for those cross-country road trips, Standley Brothers installed a fuel injected LS3 crate engine backed by a 4L80E overdrive automatic. The modern drivetrain sends power to a 3.70:1-geared 9-inch rearend from John’s Industries. The car’s lowered stance was achieved using a modified Fatman front frame stub and AccuAir air springs, with Wilwood disc brakes providing much improved stopping power. The 18×7-inch Sabre-Style Billet wheels came from Tru-Spoke and were an appropriate choice to blend classic style with modern flair. The polished wheels were wrapped with radial whitewall tires from Coker.

The custom touches went a little further inside, where Cool Customs stitched a beautiful combination of light tan and perforated brown leather upholstery over Lexus bucket seats bisected by a center console sprayed in that brilliant green body color. Dakota Digital instruments replaced the original gauges in the stock dash, with a Flaming River tilt column, color-matched CON2R steering wheel and 2009 Camaro shifter finishing things off.

With a combination of comfort, power and undeniable visual impact, Chuck and Paulette’s Coupe deVille has all the right ingredients for a standout modern custom – and an ultra-cool cross-country cruiser. We can’t wait to see this one out on the road!

Photos: Mike Harrington