Sold for $71,500 at 2008 RM Sothebys. Sold for $105,300 at 2010 Bonhams. Cadillac was the first to use the tailfin on their vehicles, which first appeared in 1948. By 1959, it had grown to very flamboyant proportions and used by the other big US automakers. By this point in history, the designs had been inspired by the space program and futuristic spaceflight. The inspiration could be seen throughout the vehicle, progressing past the pointed tail fins and continuing on into the turbine shaped wheel covers, vestigial ventral fins at the lower edge of each side and merging at the very large rear bumper. Equally large engines were required to carry these large vehicles gracefully down the roadways. An automatic gearbox, power steering and power brakes made them a pleasure to drive.
This example is finished in white with a tan convertible top. The interior is brown leather. It spent part of its life as a static museum display and later became part of the Brumos Collection in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2003 it participated in the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. It is an original car that has only been given repaints on at least two occasions. It has its proper mat and spare tire, original radio with rear speaker, six-way power seats, and whitewall tires.
This example has traveled just 55,500 miles since new. In 2008 it was brought to the Automobiles of Amelia presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $60,000 - $80,000 and offered without reserve. The estimates proved accurate and the lot was sold for $71,500 including buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
The 1959 Cadillac may be the most celebrated automobile of its era. Penned by GM designer Dave Holls in response to Chrysler's 'Forward Look' 1957 lineup, the 1959 Cadillac's iconic tailfins topped them all. The ever-popular Coupe de Ville was the status car of its time, with unforgettable jet-age style and a full measure of leather-trimmed luxury and V-8 performance.
De Ville standard features included a cloth-and-leather interior, padded dash, power windows, a 390 cubic-inch V-8 engine and GM's highly respected four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission.
This Coupe de Ville is a magnificent 8,266-mile time capsule, completely original inside and out. It was delivered to its first owner, Mr. Joseph Chewzewski, by Central Cadillac of Newark, New Jersey on August 21, 1959. The current owner added this car to his Cadillac collection in the early 1990s.
Sold for $100,000 at 2008 Worldwide Auctioneers. This 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is Ebony with a red and black interior. It has a 390 cubic-inch four-barrel engine capable of producing 325 horsepower. It has been given a complete restoration and has traveled just 420 miles since that time. It is filled with factory options such as power top and power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, autronic eye, Wonderbar radio, factory wire wheels, and power seat.
In 2008, the car was offered for sale at the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by the Worldwide Auctioneers. It was estimated to sell for $135,000 - $150,000. Even though bidding failed to reach those estimates, the lot was sold for a high bid of $100,000 including buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008
The 1959 Cadillac was penned by GM designer Dave Holls in response to Chrysler's 'Forward Look' 1957 lineup. The 1959 Cadillac's iconic tailfins topped them all. It was the status car of its time with unforgettable jet-age style and a full measure of luxury and V8 performance. Officially, the Series 62 was the entry-level Cadillac. It shared much with the popular Coupe De Ville model, including the 130 inch wheelbase, the 325 horsepower 390 cubic-inch V8 engine, and GM's highly respected four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission.
This Series 62 Coupe is an example of preservation that has just 14,500 miles on the odometer. It still wears the factory-installed 1959 tires. It is finished in its original Wood Rose color.
Sold for $115,500 at 2007 RM Sothebys. Sold for $110,000 at 2014 RM Sothebys. This 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell between $100,000 - $125,000. It is powered by a 390 cubic-inch V8 engine with three dual-barrel carburetors capable of producing 345 horsepower. There is a three-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
The car is finished in black with a white top, a red tonneau cover and red leather interior. A complete frame off restoration was completed in 1990. It has been the recipient of many Best of Show awards and an AACA National First in 1995, and an AACA Senior First from 1996.
At auction, the car was sold, selling for $115,500. By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011
In 1959, nothing looked like the newly redesigned Cadillacs. In a word they were flamboyant with their large tailfins, dual rear taillights and jewel-like grilles. The Cadillacs, such as this convertible, were loaded with accessories such as power brakes, power antenna, cruise control, air conditioning and much more.
Power was from Cadillac's own overhead valve V-8 which developed 345 horsepower from its 390 cubic-inches thanks to three two-barrel carburetors.
Everyone knows GM's flamboyantly finned cars of 1959, especially the outrageous jet-age 1959 Cadillacs. How many know that they would have turned out very differently had a brash young designer named Charles M. 'Chuck' Jordan not indulged in a bit of industrial espionage in 1956?
Cadillac was working on new models for 1959, but almost no one there like them, except soon-to-retire Styling Vice President Harley Earl.
Acting on a tip, Jordan drove to the Plymouth plant. Looking through the fence at prototype Plymouths, he saw 'nothing but fins, fins, fins.' He brought Bill Mitchell (Earl's heir apparent) and others over to show them. That very afternoon, with Mitchell's gutsy approval, they started on a new design. When Earl returned from a trip, he came into the studio, looked around, and walked out without saying a word. A few days later, he decided to support the second design.
Stretching 225 inches on a 130-inch wheelbase, the 1959 Cadillac was also three inches lower than its 1958 counterpart. Its V8 was bored from 365 to 390 CID and its output upped from 310 to 325 horsepower with standard four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts.
Once owned by Helen Voorhees Brach (of Brach Candy), the current owner purchased this 40,000-mile Seminole Red 1959 Series 62 convertible from her family in 2009. It is number 10,784 of just 11,130 built that year.
The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 De Ville was a very large vehicle that featured a large, 6,390 cc (390 cubic inch) V-8 engine. The back had large fins that did little for performance and handling but was all about the style of the vehicle. The design of the vehicle was inspired by the space program and the era of jet engines. The large, 4400 lb car was fitted with drum brakes. These often wore out quickly. If a U-turn needed to be made, the driver would need a parking lot. The turning radius was 24 feet.
The car was a luxury vehicle that could carry six individuals comfortably. The car was a convertible with the top being raised and lowered automatically. The interior had electrical gauges. The head lights would turn on at dusk and were also capable of switching from high beam to low beam when they sensed oncoming traffic. In total, there were eight lights on the front of the vehicle. The four on the top were the driving lights while the lights mounted on the bumper were the parking lamps. To add to the driving comfort, air suspension was used. This aided in providing a very soft ride but there was significant body roll when cornering. With the V8, it was capable of creeping to sixty in 11 seconds. This reinforced the notion that this Cadillac was built for comfort and not for speed. The drivers enjoyed the ride and they looked good cruising along, enjoying the large open road. By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
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