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25 July 2015

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Lot 174

1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

  • Chassis no. 59F127640
  • Body no. 11072

Sold for $90,750

325 bhp, 390 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with single four-barrel carburetor, three-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live-axle rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 130 in.

  • Offered from the Ochsner Automobile Museum
  • A high-quality older restoration
  • Well-equipped in true Cadillac fashion
  • Open-top style in an iconic Detroit design
  • Accompanied by a copy of its original build sheet

Although Cadillac had invented the tailfin in 1948, by the late 1950s, others were offering their own take on the theme. In fact, the 1959 Cadillac fins were a response by Cadillac to the 1957 Chrysler line, which had borrowed Cadillac’s own idea and took it one step further. According to the late David Holls, former design director at GM, the famous fins of 1959 were the result of a directive from management that Cadillac would not be outdone by Chrysler products.

There was little danger of that, as the 1959 Cadillac was a modern classic that truly represented the high point of the era of fins and flash. It was huge yet remarkably docile to drive, thanks to abundant power, a first-rate automatic transmission, and excellent power steering and brakes.

No other car captured the essence of the Jet Age quite like the 1959 Cadillac. In addition to sharply swept and dramatically pointed fins, surface development was a series of curves, nacelles, and character lines that could have come from one of the new jet fighters of the time. Wheel covers carried a turbine wheel motif, and there were even vestigial ventral fins at the lower edge of each rear side, passing through the fender skirts to merge into the massive rear bumper.

The Series 62 Convertible offered here was the recipient of a body-up restoration in the iconic color of Seminole Red with a matching interior and white vinyl top. In true 1959 Cadillac fashion, it has numerous options and accessories, including the Hydra-Matic transmission; power steering, brakes, windows, and top; and the standard bench seat that provides traditional comfort for up to three adult passengers across the front. The body is straight, with paintwork that is still in fine condition for its age; similarly, the chrome has a good shine, with only minor signs of pitting. The undercarriage is clean but shows some use, as would be expected of a fine American cruiser that has accrued about 550 miles since its completion.

This is an American icon that any enthusiast should own at least once in his or her life, and this car is a handsome example of one of the all-time great GM designs.

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