BASF will Host Unveiling of Foose’s “Madam X” Cadillac at SEMA 2016

BASF will Host Unveiling of Foose’s "Madam X" Cadillac at SEMA 2016


Legendary custom car designer Chip Foose has announced that the official unveil of Madam X, his 1939 Cadillac custom, will take place at the BASF booth (# 20367) in the main hall at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, on Nov. 1 at 12:30 PM. The event will feature an autograph session, a short presentation from Foose, and the world premiere of the highly anticipated Madam X.

Fabrication began with a 1939 Cadillac Four Door 60 Special and was inspired by an original 1935 concept sketch by GM designer Art Ross. Madam X, now re-bodied as a 2-door coupe, has been lowered, shortened, and customized into a masterpiece of old-school coachbuilding. Foose has added his own eye for clean design and bespoke touches on this one-of-a-kind creation for automotive dealership magnate Wes Rydell. After three decades of  stylistic evolution and perfecting his craft, Madam X represents a new chapter in Foose’s 30 years in design, and one that should leave a major impression at the SEMA show.


BASF will Host Unveiling of Foose’s "Madam X" Cadillac at SEMA 2016


The Madam X features a Corvette Gen V LT-1 motor, an 8-speed 8L90 automatic transmission from a Cadillac Escalade coupled to a Camaro Z01 third member, C6 Corvette suspension front and rear, and Pirelli tires to ensure modern performance alongside its classic design. In addition, the body features all-new chrome trim, a custom leather interior, one-off cloth Carson top, custom-mixed BASF paint, painted blonde wood dash, and MHT billet aluminum wheels styled to resemble classic Cadillac hubcaps.


BASF will Host Unveiling of Foose’s "Madam X" Cadillac at SEMA 2016


“I can’t wait to finally pull the wraps off the Madam X Cadillac,” said Chip. “With its mix of old-school class and cutting-edge technology, the Madam X is becoming one of my all-time favorite builds.”

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