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Diamond dust paint, dodgy photoshops, and flying Camaros – it's been another weird week in cars
Posted: 10 Mar 2014
Andrew DiDa left a mighty legacy
A clothing designer by trade, Andrew DiDa created one of the world's most insane concepts back in 1953. It took seven years to build and cost $93, 647 for the labour alone. It featured a superleggera alloy tube chassis, bubble cockpit and Cadillac V8, and to give it a little extra sparkle, DiDa added diamond dust to the paint.
There were also rain-sensing wipers, headlamps that swivelled as you turned, thermostatically-controlled air conditioning, and every seat had its own cigarette lighter, ashtray, and speaker system.
All of which caught the eye of swing legend Bobby Darin, who bought it a few years after it was revealed for $150,000. At the time, it was Guinness World Record for the highest price ever paid for a custom-built automobile.
DiDa passed away this week aged 96, but his car lives on, displayed at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation.