If 1950s Mobsters Went Camping, They'd Take This CadillacBenjamin Preston6/06/12 3:00pmFiled to: RetroCadillacRv1953 Cadillac RVrvsRecreational VehicleColorado31EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink It's common knowledge that Cadillac cars were once refitted to serve as ambulances (and still bring out the dead as hearses). But did you know that an Eisenhower-era custom shop once turned Caddys into RVs? "Lefty, find us a KOA near Vegas, ya friggin' mook."AdvertisementI happened upon this one after visiting the Gateway Auto Museum in Middle-of-Nowhere (Gateway), Colo. It was sitting in front of a diner in an out of the way corner of the state that was once a uranium mining boomtown, and is now a shriveled clump of weather beaten trailers and small houses next to a resort built by Discovery Channel magnate (and classic car collector) John Hendricks. It's a quiet town with not much going on, but the surrounding red rock palisades are stunning.This '53 began life as one of Cadillac's hearse/ambulance chassis models, modified to its current, more livable shape by some oddball genius. It's powered by the original 219 hp 331 cid V8, a column shifted 3-speed manual transmission, and a longer than normal 157-inch wheelbase (the sedans have a 126-inch wheelbase). Plus it looks cool. I've definitely seen weirder looking RVs in my travels, and was pretty stoked to learn that there are a few of the Superior and Miller-Meteor platformed RVs out there still.