By the late 1950s Fleetwood-ladled bodies were becoming rarer and rarer at Cadillac and the Series 75 was among the last, although rather subtly, Fleetwood script and crests did not appear anywhere on the exterior of the car. The 1959 Cadillacs, with their amazing exaggerated tailfins and “bullet” rear lights created a sensation on their introduction and have remained among the most celebrated and collectable of all post-war models. The frontal aspect of the design was equally extraordinary with a massive chrome grille adorned with a variety of lights – the ultimate “dollar grin” at the style was known in Europe.
Today’s example is one of the very rare extravagantly designed pillarless Coupe deVilles, which stand out just as much in the 21st Century as they did in the last. The car is beautifully finished in Sapphire Blue with a Pearl White roof and one of the salient points of the car is that the vast amount of chrome which adorns the car is in lovely condition. The interior is luxuriously trimmed in a combination of blue fabric and leather, and is in similarly fine order and the remarkable “Space Age” fascia is too.
The overriding impression gained from the car is that it has led a relatively sheltered existence and consequently remains a very fine specimen of what must be called a true 1950s icon.