By the late 1950s, Cadillac reigned supreme over the American fine car market with its advanced engineering and leading-edge styling by the renowned Harley Earl. While the 1959-1960 Cadillac models were indeed controversial and misunderstood in their heyday, today’s collectors and critics agree that the cars possess an enduring combination of power, luxury and sheer presence. Recently, the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, which shared its bodywork and styling with the rest of the 1959 Cadillac model line, was the only post-war car selected by Motor Trend to be included in its retrospective edition covering the first 100 years of the automobile. Similarly, Life magazine featured the car within its own commemorative edition.
The Cadillac model line was completely retooled for the 1959 model year and the former Series 62 line was now renamed the 6200 Series along three distinct sub-series, with all sharing a common wheelbase and overall length. Five base-level 6200 models were offered, while three of the more upscale DeVille or Series 6300 models were available in coupe and sedan form. Priced at nearly $5,000 when new, 21,585 examples of the stylish Coupe DeVille Two-Door Hardtop were constructed in 1960, a level that was nearly identical to that of 1959.
While the 1959 Cadillac design was heavily influenced by Harley Earl, the best elements were retained by the 1960 models, which began to bear the stylistic influence of GM’s new styling chief, Bill Mitchell. Most notably, the elaborate tailfins of 1959 gave way to a sharper, thinner treatment for 1960, with the majority of the Cadillac line featuring the final use of wraparound windshields that same year.
This particular example arrived in the UK in 1991, when it was purchased by Mr Dixon at Kruse International for the sum of £11,250. Finished in California Pink, with a very period pink over white interior this car has had little use since forming part of the collection.
In the eyes of many enthusiasts, no other car can surpass the timeless style and grace of the 1960 Cadillac model line. This dashing Coupe De Ville provides an opportunity to acquire an attractive and very drivable example that truly captures the spirit of this dynamic and progressive era.