CHASSIS NO: 496041095
• Superb show-winning condition; thoughtful upgrades for touring pleasure
• Landmark Harley Earl-era styling, revolutionary OHV V-8 engine
• A stellar example of Motor Trend’s first Car of the Year Award winner
• Recognized by the Milestone Car Society
Model 49-6069X 4. 331 cid OHV V-8 engine, Carter two-barrel carburetor, 160 HP, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf spring, hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 133"
Following the historic launch of Cadillac’s first all-new postwar models for 1948 featuring the revolutionary “Kettering” OHV V-8 engine and sleek styling with the first appearance of tailfins inspired by Lockheed’s P-38 fighter plane, Motor Trend selected the Series 60 Special Fleetwood as its first Car of the Year in November 1949. Cadillac’s stylish, image-leading large sedan featuring a host of up-to-the-minute design cues, the 60 Special Fleetwood was the pet project of GM designer Bill Mitchell, who designed the first 60 Special in 1938 and went on to be Harley Earl’s handpicked replacement as head of GM Styling in 1958.
The importance of Cadillac’s – and GM’s first – overhead-valve V-8 engine simply cannot be overstated. Its brilliance was assured from the beginning, with development of this technological achievement accomplished under the watchful eye of American automotive-industry giant Charles F. Kettering, GM’s Director of Research. Deservedly nicknamed “Boss,” Kettering’s many achievements include the invention of the electric automobile starter, founding Delco Corporation, and earning 186 patents during his rich career. Upon release, the “Kettering” V-8 displaced 331 cubic inches and developed 160 brake horsepower while operating reliably and in near-silence with its multitude of cutting-edge internal features. While Cadillac’s landmark 1948 styling was essentially unchanged for 1949, the “rainbow” cluster dash was replaced by a more conventional layout featuring a horizontal speedometer. Popular and handsome with 11,399 built, plus a “one-off” two-door Sport Coupe, the 60 Special Fleetwood for 1949 also included standard hydraulic window lifts.
Conveying a premium-level presence with its commanding 133-inch wheelbase length, elongated rear doors providing ease of entry and distinctive trim, this example of the historic 1949 60 Special Fleetwood remains very nice throughout. It was formerly owned and restored by Scotty Stebbins of Portland, Texas and as offered, the Cadillac has just over 8,000 miles of use at the time of cataloguing, most likely accumulated post-restoration. Featuring attractive colors and high-quality paint, brightwork and upholstery, the famed 331-cid V-8 engine powers it in concert with a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Included are a spare wheel and tire, first aid kit and a binder containing model and technical information, as well as parts and service receipts. As offered, this 1949 Cadillac Series 60 Special Fleetwood is a quality example of the foundation of Cadillac’s postwar greatness.