Eric Carrillo’s father was an aircraft mechanic and enjoyed all things mechanical. “He always had nice cars,” Eric said. “Cadillacs, Thunderbirds, a Mercury Zephyr, a Chevy Bonanza pickup ...” Eric’s first car was a 1970 Ford Mustang, and since it was up to him to keep it running, he became a pretty decent mechanic. He grew up in Albuquerque, N.M., and met his wife, Elizabeth, there while she was earning a Master’s Degree. After five years in New Mexico, the couple headed east to be nearer to Elizabeth’s parents in her native Michigan – first moving to Chicago, and then to Traverse City, Mich., home of Hagerty. The Carrillos have two children, Naomi (3) and Mateo (6 months), who Eric “hopes will become involved in the hobby.” There’s no better place to start than with their dad’s 1978 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, which was the last car that Eric’s father owned.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2014/01/14/coupe-de-ville