1959 Cadillac Series 62

The Cadillac Series 62 was a distinctly American automobile with dramatic and overwhelming proportions and drama. Its most iconic feature was the towering rear tail fins graced with magnum-grade bullet-shaped tail lights. The fins were the largest ever featured on any production car and the work of GM Design Chief Harley Earl. The overall dimensions were nearly identical to its 1958 predecessor, and a full 3-inches lower through the beltline, and as sat as much as 5.5-inches lower. The excessive treatment continued to the front, with sculpted brows towering over quad headlights that flanked a grille containing more than a hundred stylized bullets above a chromed bumper. Two distinctive rooflines and roof pillar configurations were available, with body styles consisting of a 4- and 6-window sedan, hardtop coupe, and a convertible coupe. The interior was luxurious with cushioned leather seating and upholstery, and a vast wraparound windshield. Power steering, four-wheel power brakes, two-speed wipers, wheel discs, outside rearview mirror, and vanity mirror were all standard equipment. Convertible body styles had power windows and a two-way power seat. The overhead-valve V8 engine was backed by a dual-range Hydra-Matic automatic transmission with column shift. Three Rochester 2-barrel carburetors helped the V-8 produce 345 HP at 4,800 RPM. The improved X-frame chassis boasted independent spherical-joint coil-spring front suspension and a 4-link rear axle with coil springs.

The most popular body style was the six-window sedan which found 23,461 buyers. A total of 11,130 examples of the convertible were sold. Total production reached 142,272 cars. The base price was listed at $5,080.

The futuristic design cues of the Series 62 captured the essence of the 'jet age', with many styling elements that could have been sourced from Cold War-era fighter aircraft. The tail fins actually date back to General Motor's 3/8-scale 'Interceptor' design studies of the early 1940s led by Mr. Earl's assistant, Julio Andrade. The 'Interceptor' project had been inspired by a trip to a U.S. Army Air Corps base, where GM designers were shown an early examples of the top-secret Lockheed P-38 'Lightning' fighter aircraft that would later be used in combat during World War II.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019

Related Reading : Cadillac Series 62 History

The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 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....
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1959 Vehicle Profiles

1959 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 59F104226

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 ....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

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 ....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 59F118600

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 tim....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

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....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 59F120177

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 carbur....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

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 br....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

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....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Engine Num: 9G018423

This 1959 Cadillac Coupe, model 6237, has undergone a complete frame-off restoration back to original condition. It includes matching numbers with original motor and transmission. Both were completely rebuilt. Outside body colors are cream roof with ....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 59F104226 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 59F118600 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 59F120177 
Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
 

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Price Comparison

$590-$4,890
1959 Series 62
$5,453-$22,750
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Price Range: $4,890 - $5,453

$5,250 - $5,496

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)165,909
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)163,174
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)160,840
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)138,379
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)142,184
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)121,778
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)121,778
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)146,841
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)140,777
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)140,777
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)96,680

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