CHASSIS NO: M5109004
• California and Texas car from new
• Just three documented prior owners
• Very nicely preserved and presented
• Highly original example
• One of Cadillac’s best sellers for 1965
429 cid V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with automatic leveling, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 133”
Throughout the last half of the 20th Century and during the turbulent 1960s in particular, Cadillac steadfastly remained the undisputed leader of the American luxury-car market, despite a renewed challenge from Lincoln. For 1965, Cadillac positioned itself for continued success with its completely restyled model line-up and most notably, the once-fashionable but now retrograde tailfins were finally cast aside once and for all in favor of smart, blade-type rear fenders, while bodylines assuming a much simpler and more modern theme.
The 1965 Cadillac models ushered in a new perimeter-type chassis frame, which replaced the old X-member frame design of the 1950s. Importantly, the new frame yielded considerably improved passenger space with forward placement of the engine by six inches. While fully boxed, the new Cadillac frames weighed 300 pounds less than the prior design and were designed to respond differently than the body mounted onto it to avoid large-scale vibrations as the car passed over road bumps. Handling was carefully improved, with suspension and steering refinements, a widened front track and updated tires. When describing the new 1965 design, Cadillac General Manager Harold Warner stated, “Our objective was a car that says Cadillac even if all divisional insignia is removed.” Indeed, the overall result was both an unqualified success and a design statement of pure, understated elegance “…laid out with an architect’s precision,” according to a contemporary Motor Trend evaluation.
Cadillac’s model lines were streamlined as well for 1965 and the Sixty Special Sedan continued as a key component of the top-level Fleetwood model line and was quite popular with 18,100 produced for the 1965 model year. This very well-maintained example is a California and Texas-based vehicle, benefiting from the care of just three owners – documented by a succession of insurance liability cards with the vehicle – prior to joining the Museum Collection in 2017. Consistent with proper care over the years, this Fleetwood Sixty Special features very good paint and brightwork, nicely preserved leather upholstery and a tidy engine compartment and trunk, with the latter containing a spare wheel/tire and roadside jack, as well as a number of miscellaneous parts. Features and options include power brakes and steering, power windows and door locks, Twilight Sentinel headlamp dimmer, Comfort Control thermostatic air-conditioning (compressor not attached), AM/FM radio and remote side view mirror. Only an approximate 52,200 miles were indicated at the time of cataloguing. An exceptionally pure example of one of Cadillac’s best for 1965, benefiting from limited ownership and obviously good care, this Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan is a “must have” for any collector of postwar Cadillacs.