For a short time in the 1950s, American makers produced cars of unprecedented flamboyance which have become powerful emblems of an era when people faced the future with optimism. It was a time when you did not have to look at a registration plate to learn a car’s age because, each year, Detroit’s Big Three remodelled their entire ranges.
Cadillac set the trend in those heady days of fins and chrome before a down turn in the American economy constrained manufacturers. Their fins were bigger than other makers and they featured more brightwork, yet beneath the exuberant styling were the values which made Cadillac the car to which buyers aspired. Film stars, business tycoons and senators drove Cadillacs.
Standard across the 1958 range was a 6 litre V8 which produced 310bhp. The cars could cruise all day at l00+mph and reach 120mph, with 0-60mph in around 11 seconds, acceleration similar to an Austin Healey 3000.
Build quality was of the highest order and the car was packed with features such as power steering, power hood and air conditioning which were virtually unknown in Europe. They were fabulous machines which were head-turners from Day One and has remained so ever since.
Finished in Princess Green with wondrously preserved beige interior, this lovely 6.4 litre V8 example has only 51,286 recorded miles. The upholstery is all original and has been wonderfully preserved with plastic covering. One can assume its previous owners have treated it in this manner throughout.