1959 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood

Carrozzeria, Italian meaning coachbuilder, is an individual or company that bodies carriages or automobiles. The name in German is Karosserie. These skills were needed during the early part of the 1900's to fabricate enclosures for rolling chassis. The materials used were mostly wooden or metal. As the evolution of automobile production evolved, manufacturers brought the design and development in-house, making individual coachbuilders a dying breed.

Unibody construction has mostly eliminated the need for coachbuilders. Many coachbuilders were purchased or merged by the automobile manufacturers. Others became highly specialized and worked on a contract basis, mostly for high priced, luxury automobiles.

Fleetwood Metal Body was a coachbuilder during the early 1900s. The name is from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania the birthplace of the company. They specialized in the production of wood and metal bodies. They were large and luxurious and often purchased by the rich and famous. Fleetwood was purchased by Fisher Body in 1925 and integrated into General Motors in 1931.

The luxury segment of General Motors was Cadillac, so it was only natural that Fleetwood would aide in the design and creation of bodies for the Cadillac marque. In 1927 the name appeared on Cadillac's representing their top of the line vehicles. In 1946 Cadillac offered an upscale version of its Series 60, dubbed the Series 60 Special Fleetwood. The name was later used on the Series 70 and Sixty Special models through 1976. The name continued to appear on Cadillac vehicles as late as 1996.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011

Related Reading : Cadillac 60 / Sixty History

The designation Sixty Special has denoted a specific model since 1938. At first the name was saved for Cadillacs lowest price range but eventually the Sixty Special name would be reserved for Cadillacs most luxurious automobiles. 1941 was the final year of Bill Mitchells original Sixty Special design and a brand new 1942 model was in the cards. Nearly 17,900 Sixty Specials were produced from 1938....
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1959 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood vehicle information

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1959 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood vehicle information

Hardtop Sedan

The 1958-60 era of Cadillac was described by one automotive writer as the 'Wurlitzer juke box' period of automotive design. The Cadillac marque used large tail fins, plenty of chrome and an overwhelming size to attract potential buyers. Today, these ....[continue reading]

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1959 Series Sixty Special Fleetwood
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1959 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood Base Price : $6,231

$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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