Hot Tub Cadillac
It is what it looks like, if what it looks like is a nice way to take a drive in a hot tub. This is the dream of Carpool DeVille: That a fully functional hot tub can be wed with an appropriately modified sedan to achieve a thrilling, seamless marriage of these two great American pastimes.
This idea originated in 1996 with a prototype built into an abandoned '82 Chevy Malibu. Concepts like marine-throttle control, tub-water re-coup of engine waste heat and DC/AC inversion to run a spa pump out of the trunk were all tested to a remarkable success, while notes were taken about deficiencies in suspension and the water lost to sloshing. A full decade of fix-and-fill hot-tub-car-parties with this original carpool provided all the R&D that would be required.
In 2008, a selection was made out of a '69 Cadillac DeVille. 1969 may well have been Detroit's (ahem) high-water mark for automotive design: The absolute pinnacle of American auto-largess, when the public craved every larger cars, and the cars required ever-larger engines. This hot tub is founded on extra steel and lots of power.
After seven years of design and construction, the Carpool DeVille is ready to hit the road - and the race track. We invite you to explore our toy, and share in our adventures with it.
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