1959 CADILLAC Body Styles

Cadillac offered no less than eleven different body styles for the 1959 series. Among this myriad of fins and chrome, it is easy to become confused and lost when trying to pinpoint the exact model of each car.

Series 62 Four-Window Sedan

The Series 62 Cadillacs are easily identified by the absence of the script on the rear fender. instead, they feature a Cadillac crest under the mid-body spear on the front fender. The Series 62 was the base model for the Cadillac line-up. the four-window Sedan sported a wraparound rear window and a flat roof. Hence the popular name "Flat Top" for the four-window Sedan.

62 Sedan 4Window

Series 62 Six-Window Sedan

The Series 62 Sedan with 6 windows had a small, fixed, window at the C-pillar. The roof sloped gently over into the rear window. Trim levels and exterior identification was identical to the other three cars in the 62 Series.

62 Sedan 6Window

Series 62 Coupe

Third in the Series 62 is the Coupe. Sometimes mistaken for a Coupe de Ville, this car has a more sober trim than its de Ville counterpart and less standard accessories.

62 Coupe

Series 62 Convertible

Convertible driving was possible through two different types of Cadillacs in the 1959 gamma. The first of these is the Series 62 Convertible (there was no DeVille Convertible until 1964 ), which had basically the same trim level as the Coupe, except it featured an all-leather interior.

62 Cabrio

Series DeVille Four-Window Sedan

The DeVille Series was more upscale than the 62 Series. These cars featured more luxurious interiors and had a coupe of extra standard accessories. The four-window edition of the Sedan DeVille is, like with the 62 Series the base model. Exterior indentification of the DeVille Series is easily accomplished by noticing the rear fender scripts and the absense of the front fender crests, found on the Series 62 Cadillacs.

DeVille 4Window

Series DeVille Six-Window Sedan

Just like in the Series 62, there was also a six-window Sedan available in the DeVille Series. Again, trim level was identical to its four-window counterpart. the only difference was in the body style as mentioned with the four-window model above.

DeVille 6Window

Series DeVille Coupe

Coupe de Ville is a name that rings a bell with many people. This name has been used in songs and movies alike and is still synonymous with luxurious two door driving. This model is again similar to its Series 62 counterpart with the added DeVille luxuries and modifications.

DeVille Coupe

Series 60 Fleetwood Special

If asked which 1959 cadillac model has the most flamboyant exterior styling, one must rapidly admit that the Fleetwood Series Sixty Special is the prime candidate for that title. Sporting a fake fender skoop, chromed ice cones and a molding that swung all the way from the front to the rear and back, this was fifties exhuberance at its best.

60 Fleetwood

Series 75 Sedan (Limousine option)

Executive and celebrity transportation was also possible in a '59 Cadillac. At 244.8" long and running on a 149.8" wheelbase, this dinosaur was preferred by CEOs and movie stars as their form of expressing their position in society. The Limousine featured a glass division window between the chauffeur and the passengers.

Just like the Sixty Fleetwood Special, the Eldorado Seville and the Eldorado Biarritz (see further) models, the 75 Series had V-ornamented backup lights. However, it did lack the three-row-bullet rear grille which these models did have.

75 Sedan

Series Eldorado Seville

Now we arrive at the high-class end of the Cadillac range. The first of the three Eldorado models for 1959 is the Seville. Just like its convertible counterpart, it had a unique side trim, sans mid body spear. A broad stainless steel molding sweeps back from the 'A' pillar, following the curve of the door and rear fender all the way to the rear bumper, then down and forward, running the full length of the body up to the front wheel opening.

An oval name plate is affixed to that molding, just below the power-operated vent window. The plate read "Seville" for the Coupe model and "Biarritz" for the Convertible model. "Eldorado" in block lettering is affixed to the lower front fender, an inch or so above the broad stainless steel rocker molding, just behind the front wheel opening. The same lettering is affixed across the width of the stainless steel trunk lip molding.

Like the Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan, the two cars in the Eldorado Series feature (a) an imitation rear grille with three rows of bumper 'bullets', like those used for the front grille, and (b) an open "V" ornament across the reverse-light housing in the rear bumper. The roof was covered with vinyl, a styling trend that would become increasingly more popular in the sixties and seventies.

Eldorado Seville

Series Eldorado Biarritz

This is one of the most sougth after fifties Cadillacs. Featuring almost all the goodies available on Cadillacs as a standard, sporting the largest fins ever to grace an automobile and having only seen a production of 1,320 units, a 1959 Eldorado Biarritz in good condition is a very expensive car to buy today. But you have to admit: nowhere would you go unnoticed anymore. Arriving in a '59 Eldorado means arriving in the utmost style: "Eldorado Biarritz".

Eldorado Biarritz

Custom Build

Now here is a rare breed. Hand built on a Cadillac chassis by Pinin Farina in Turin Italy, this beauty was sold at the then incredible price of $13,075. The production was very limited with only 99 units. This car showed many styling cues of later models of Cadillac. The fins could be found on the standard 1960 model and the front window design was adopted by the 1961 and 1962 line up. The story goes that 100 units were built but that one them was dropped during loading operations at the docks. This story has never been substantiated though... ’Brougham’

Custom Build1

 

Custom Build2

Cette maquette grandeur nature en argile démontre parfaitement, à quelques détails près, que les formes d'une des plus  provocatrices automobiles de l'histoire sont déjà figées. (Extrait du livre Cadillac de 1902 à nos jours , aux éditions E-T-A-I )

Cadillac stijlbureau, september 1957.
Deze kleimaquette op ware grootte toont op een paar details na zeer duidelijk aan dat de vormen van één van de meest provocerende wagens uit de geschiedenis reeds vastgelegd zijn.
Uit: Cadillac de 1902 à nos jours, aux éditions E-T-A-I

Cadillac styling office, September 1957.
Picture of a clay model on real size. Except a few details, this model proves that the shape of one of histories most provocating cars was already established.
From: Cadillac de 1902 à nos jours, aux éditions E-T-A-I

Various Compilation

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The De Ville Series was more upscale than theSeries 62. It featured more luxurious interiors and had a coupe of extra standart accessories. This is the 4 Window Sedan de Ville. Exterior indentification of the DeVille Series is easily accomplished by noticing the rear fender scripts and the absense of the front fender crests found on the Series 62 Cadillacs Sedan de Ville 4 window

De Ville Sedan 4Window

  

1956 Cadillacs:

1956 Models

  

Cadillac Coupe deVille 1959:

De Ville Coupe Alt

  

Cadillac Convertible 1959:

1959 Convertible

  

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville 2-door hardtop, one of only 2,100 produced, factory air conditioning, dual 4bbl carburetors on a 365cid 325hp V8 engine, 5 Sabre Spoke wheels, Autronic Eye, wide-white-wall tires, 6-way power seat, power windows, optional Fog Lamps, dual exhaust, power steering, power brakes, seeking am radio, power trunk release, Hydra-Matic transmission, day/night rearview mirror, white with black vinyl top, odometer reading: 89,751. Originally outfitted with a power antenna.

Eldorado Seville 2Door 1957

  

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham:

Eldorado Brougham 1957

  

Cadillac Models of 1954:

1954 Models

  

Voici la plus belle de toutes les Cadillac's 59....................................
De mooiste van alle Cadillacs uit 59.................................................
The most beautiful of the Cadillacs of 59...............................................

Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz argyle blue metalic.

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1954-1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (Productie / Production 22.760)

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Dead 59:

Dead 1959 Cadillac

  

Tekening van mijn zoon / Dessin de mon fils / Drawing of my son....

Drawing of 1959 Caddy

  

'Mini' 59 Cadillac...............

Miniature 1959 Model 01 Miniature 1959 Model 02
Miniature 1959 Model 03

  

1959 Cadillacs Galore

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In the 1950s the United States was obsessed with jet plane design, which was applied to other non related products including cars. Between 1949 and 1961 General Motors launched their concept cars every year at the Motorama shows, which were highly anticipated throughout the country. Jet design had already inspired the designers of the three Firebird concepts launched between 1954 and 1950. With their gas turbine engines, they were literally road going jets. In 1959 Cadillac joined the 'jet age' with the Cyclone Concept.

Unlike the Firebirds, the Cyclone was powered by a conventional internal combustion engine, but being a tweaked version of the marque's V8 engine, it still offered stellar performance. From the nose cones to the tail lights the design was clearly inspired by the latest aeroplane design. The nose cones were equipped with radar, which served as a crash avoidance system. Right behind the cones the next 'oddity' can be found; the exhaust system, which exits in front of the front wheels. The lights were not conventional either, and could be completely hidden above the grill.

The interior was relatively standard, but it was covered by a one-piece plastic canopy. Currently this is replaced by a regular wind screen. To get in and out of the car, the Cadillac engineers developed the first ever sliding doors. Today these are very commonly used on minivans. Another interesting feature of the doors was a small panel in each one, which could be opened to pay for toll ways. The rear end is dominated by two large tail lights, which resembled jet exhausts. The design is rounded off by two relatively small wings, which were one of the few jet design cues that made it onto production cars.

The odd looking Cyclone Concept is still owned by General Motors, and is currently on display at the company's Heritage Center where it is pictured. From time to time it is taken out for public appearances where it continues to amaze the crowds, just as it did 45 years ago. WM

CADILLAC CYCLONE CONCEPT !!!!

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CADILLAC 1966 deville conv,nw pnt,orig leather int,gd top,paradeboot,reblt v8,auto,

Cadillac Model 1966