The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 176
1959 Cadillac Series 60 Special Fleetwood

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1959 Cadillac  Series 60 Special Fleetwood

CHASSIS NO: 59M069402

• Cadillac’s sophisticated, high-style sedan for 1959
• Formerly of the Ed Hicks Collection; Exceptionally original and well-preserved
• Very well-equipped with features and options
• Excellent door fit and operation; low mileage

390 cid V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 325 HP, Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, four-link rear suspension with semi-floating rear axle and coil springs, power-assisted four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 133"

No other car captures the essence of the 1950s “Jet Age” era quite like the 1959 Cadillac line, featuring many forward-looking styling elements that could have been copied from Cold War-era rockets and supersonic aircraft. However, some of these futuristic design cues – including Cadillac’s bold tail fins – actually date back to GM’s 3/8-scale “Interceptor” design studies of the early 1940s. Overseen by Harley Earl’s assistant, Julio Andrade, these futuristic designs were derived from the U.S. Army Air Corps’ top-secret Lockheed P-38 “Lightning” fighter aircraft that earned fame in every theater of WW II.

In addition to their all-new and incomparable styling cues that would soon assume iconic status, all 1959 Cadillac models featured impeccable build quality in keeping with their premium market stature. All were powered by Cadillac’s proprietary V-8 engine, now displacing 390 cubic inches and developing 325 horsepower in basic tune. Measuring nearly 19 feet in overall length and riding a 130-inch wheelbase length across the board, they delivered a commanding presence in all respects. Offered annually since 1946, the Series 60 Special Fleetwood was Cadillac’s high-end, high-style sedan, positioned just under the formal Series 75. Its heritage and stature is rich, rooted in the original 1938, 1939, and 1940 Series 60 Specials, which introduced numerous advanced styling elements predicting future designs by Bill Mitchell, who would eventually become Harley Earl’s handpicked successor by 1958.

Formerly of the Ed Hicks Collection, this exceptionally well-preserved 1959 Cadillac Series 60 Special Fleetwood is a highly original example of the marque’s greatness during the late 1950s. Remaining very attractive with either original paint or a quality older refinish, it features an original-appearing interior with striking patterned cloth upholstery. Doors fit and close as they should and the engine bay is unrestored, highly correct, and nicely presented. Features, options, and amenities are plentiful, including air-conditioning, the Autronic Eye automatic headlamp dimmer, cruise control, power brakes, power steering, a pushbutton-operated radio, power-adjustable front seat and remote driver’s side mirror. Just under 33,600 miles are indicated at the time of cataloging. An uncommonly pure and unadulterated classic Cadillac, this 1959 Series 60 Special Fleetwood is a study in postwar design and effective preservation.

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