Poughkeepsie-based Cadillac Parts and Restoration celebrates its 40th anniversary

Poughkeepsie-based Cadillac Parts and Restoration celebrates its 40th anniversary

Elsa Mauer Nicodemus behind the wheel of a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Cadillac Parts & Restoration

Poughkeepsie, NY – It was humble beginnings from which the world’s leading classic Cadillac restorer was formed. In 1984, out of a spare room in a 1744 Hudson Valley farmhouse recently purchased and under restoration, Elsa Mauer Nicodemus began a small mail-order business, F.E.N. Enterprises, selling correct Cadillac upholstery and old Cadillac parts. Working hard to maintain a work-family balance between her new enterprise, her established career as an in-demand production pattern maker in the garment industry while raising three young children, the parts business grew and soon flourished.

With a strong entrepreneurial spirit and seeing the demand and needs of many classic Cadillac owners, Mauer Nicodemus decided to add restoration services to her successful parts business and by the end of 1989 had a pole barn constructed to handle both. Thus began a saga that would eventually lead to an international reputation as a world-renowned provider of Cadillac restoration and preservation services.

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz restoration

Cadillac Parts & Restoration

It was their frame-off restoration of their own Mandan Red 1955 Cadillac Eldorado that put her business on the map. Earning top honors at both Cadillac & LaSalle Club and Antique Automobile of America Grand National Meets, “Bad Girl” as she was affectionately known, was driven by Mick Jagger chauffeuring his bandmates, top-down, over the Brooklyn Bridge for the live internationally televised kickoff of their Bridges to Babylon world tour.

Throughout the decades, her Cadillac restoration team is responsible for many of the world’s finest restored and preserved Cadillacs of the 1930s through the 1960s ranging from elite show cars to weekend “drivers.” While they’ve become more known for their “nut and bolt” restoration projects, the maintenance and repair services and Cadillac restoration parts supply offerings continue to thrive. Now located in Poughkeepsie, NY, the business underwent a renaming and rebranding in 2013 and operates as Cadillac Parts & Restoration, commonly referred to in the industry as CPR.

Cadillac Parts & Restoration headquarters

Cadillac Parts & Restoration

Today, while Elsa enjoys semi-retirement, her son Frank Nicodemus, Jr. runs CPR’s daily operations. He’s been around the business and vintage Cadillacs since before he could pick up a broom and his rise in the industry was from the ground up. He’s widely considered a leading expert in his field and his expertise is sought from around the world. Working in tandem with and drawing from Elsa’s experience and applying his decades-worth of hands-on knowledge, Cadillac Parts & Restoration is planning on even greater accomplishments in the coming years.

Cadillac Parts & Restoration
150 Noxon Rd Suite 10
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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