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.
The cars were available as sedans, coupes and convertibles, but today’s example is very rare, being a formal limousine, handsomely finished in Sable Black. The interior was just as outlandish as the exterior with an amazing dashboard intended to suggest the controls of a spacecraft, and the front compartment is trimmed in two tones of Ocean Blue and Dove Grey fabric. The rear compartment as one would expect is the last word in late 1950s opulence with twin occasional seats.
These Cadillacs were designed to offer among the most lavishly equipped motoring in the world and accordingly this example is fully fitted with fingertip sensitive power steering, “Wonder Bar” radio and air conditioning and cruise control. The car was intended to represent the state of the art in motoring terms at the dawn of the space age; more than fifty years later the car still stands out as a startling creation.