Malcolm Johnson, CEO of ColorBond Automotive Paint, has announced the presentation of the company’s first-annual CLeo Interior Restoration Trophy. This year’s winner is Ken Bolen for his beautiful restoration of a 1969 Cadillac Deville.
The CLeo Crystal trophy is awarded to an individual who has shown excellence utilizing ColorBond paints to restore the interior of any type of automobile including trucks, muscle cars, classics and antiques. The CLeo was established to honor Leo Kagan, who was responsible for moving the SEMA show in 1977 from Anaheim, Calif., to its current location in Las Vegas. SEMA is the world’s largest automotive aftermarket trade show. Leo is 98 years old, and continues to work for ColorBond Automotive Paint.
Next year, Leo will be celebrating his 99th birthday and 50th anniversary as a member of SEMA. The 2015 CLeo award will be presented at the SEMA show in November. Next year’s winner will receive a $500 check and the opportunity to display their car at the SEMA show.
The 20-foot long Cadillac Deville convertible was owned by Kay Stevens, a singer, entertainer and celebrity guest host and was frequently seen in the company of the Rat Pack. Bolen purchased the vehicle from Miss Stevens for $2,600 in 1994. The Caddy sat in a garage until 2013 and was restored this past year. Bolen spent a total of $350 for ColorBond Paint and restored the leather seats, door panels, convertible boot and dash panel to the original color, Diamond White. Re-skinning the leather interior would have cost $3,000 to $5,000.
For more information and pictures go to http://www.colorbondpaint.com/blogs/colorbond-blog/15638105-1969-rat-pack-cadillac-restoration.
This year’s award will be presented on Jan. 15 at the Mobile Tech Trade show in Orlando, Fla. The Caddy will be displayed in the ColorBond booth at the show.