Cleveland Legend, William Horak, Pub Manager 40+ years (1930-1974)
Moriarty’s Pubs. 1912 E 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44114
William bought this beautiful custom ordered car from Central Cadillac – Cleveland, Ohio in 1959 for 4k in cash. The car spent it’s entire life being pampered, babied in either William’s garage or pulled into the driveway for delicate ritualistic wash and high-grade hand wax using nothing but the best collinite wax. William always took pride, with a huge smile to remind people how smooth the entire surface of the car was, “Smoooth.. like glass, haha” The 39k miles William drove on this “59 caddy” were some of his happiest and proudest moments of his entire life. Now the car deserves an owner who can carry on this tradition and continue to preserve this extremely rare American Icon.
William, also known as “Bill” was a very unique individual in Cleveland, Ohio’s history during the era of the “1959 caddy”. As the pub’s head for a multiple of decades span, William’s history goes deep within the downtown city of Cleveland. The location of this Pub was frequented by the cities affluent, his clientele where politicians and attorneys. He told many stories of running numbers and having to be their booky until eventually too many of the local police officers caught wind and demanded payoffs. He survived several attempted robberies by being one step ahead of his competition and hiding the pub’s cash in unique places a robber would never find. One of Bill’s friends he always talked highly of was one of the biggest enviers of his “59 caddy”. Cleveland’s own, the infamous Danny Green. The winner of this car will receive a copy of the movie about Bill’s friend, Danny Green. This movie will give the new owner a glimpse into where the politics had gone during the end of Bill’s downtown Cleveland career.
The car was purchased from Bill’s estate upon his passing by the only other owner of the car, his grandson Bill. The current owner.