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Cadillac 1959-61
The last GM car signed off by Harley Earl was the 1959 GM B-bodies. The 1959 Cadillac is considered the most outrageous of all, and is attributed to a battle to 'out-Chrysler Chrysler' after the 1957 Chryslers showed everyone else up. Designed under the leadership of Chuck Jordan because Harley Earl was absent in Europe during the 1956 gestation period. The Cadillac Series 62 was a bigger car, but the styling was close to the smaller cheaper cars because underneath there were common parts including sheet metal and glass. 1959 Cadillacs sat on a brand new C-body with the V8 engine enlarged to 390cu in. The extraordinary twin jet pod rear lights were attributed to Dave Hols and Ed Glowacke and others. The 365cu in V8 was bored out to 390 cu in for 1959. 1959 Cadillacs were available as the Series 62, DeVille, Fleetwood and Eldorado models and 11 body styles including 4-window and 6-window sedans, Coupe, Limousine and Brougham. For 1960 the bodywork was tamed with much more discrete fins and a less garish decoration, and a new body was given to the 1961 Cadillacs.
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Cadillac Sedan de Ville 1959 - bonnet badge
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Cadillac Coupe deVille 1959. Cadillac uprated the V8 engine to 6.4-litre for 1959
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Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960. a 6,391cc 325bhp V8 engine powered the Series 62 and the 'DeVille' models for 1959 and 1960, but the Eldorado model got 345bhp by using 6 barrels in place of 2.
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Cadillac Series 6700 Fleetwood 75 1959. The longest 1959 Cadillac with a wheelbase of 149.75 inches (There was also a Fleetwood on a 130 inch wheelbase). 710 swb Fleetwoods were sold and 690 Imperial lwb sold.
Cadillac Coupe deVille 1959 front (2)
Cadillac Coupe deVille 1959. There was only one 2-door Coupe, but this was marketed as Series 62, Coupe deVille and the Eldorado Seville.
Cadillac Coupe Deville 1959 front
Cadillac Coupe Deville 1959
Cadillac Coupe deVille 1959 rear
Cadillac Coupe deVille 1959. Cadillac offered the 1959 2-door hardtop as an entry level Series 62, as a Coupe deVille, and also as an Eldorado Seville.
Cadillac Sedan deVille 1959 front
Cadillac Sedan deVille 1959. For 1959 Cadillac fielded 2 different Sedan deVille, this 6-window 'fastback' design and a 4-window wraparound window model. Buick also offered these two styles on its Electra 225 Riviera 4-door hardtops
Cadillac Sedan deVille 1959 rear
Cadillac Sedan de Ville 1959. This is the 6light Sedan Deville, there was a 4light Sedan Deville which had a much more wraparound rear window. The Coupe deVille was the 2door equivalent.
Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960 front
Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960. For 1960 Cadillac toned down the grille, removing the horizontal bar and changed paired side lamps from oval to squared off. The engine was a 6,391cc four barrel V8. This is the 4-window Sedan deVille, there was also a 6-window version.
Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960 rear
Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960. This body is the '4-window' Sedan Deville. There was also a 6-window versions. Rear wings were tamed for 1960 and lights simplified.
Cadillac Series 62 1959 front Convertible
Cadillac Series 62 convertible 1959 . Dave Hols and Ed Glowacke devised the extraordinary rear fins of the 1959 Cadillac, essentially to out-Chrysler the Chrysler cars (Virgil Exner). GM head designer Harley Earl was aware in Europe during the 1956/57 gestation period.
Cadillac Series 62 1959 rear Convertible
Cadillac Series 62 1959 Convertible. Dave Hols and Ed Glowacke devised the extraordinary rear fins of the 1959 Cadillac, essentially to out-Chrysler the Chrysler cars (Virgil Exner).
Cadillac Series 62 Coupe 1959 front
Cadillac Series 62 Coupe 1959. The Series 62 was the entry level Cadillac, and this 2-door Coupe body was available on the upmarket Coupe deVille.
Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood 1960 front
Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood 1960, 4-door hardtop. The Fleetwood was distinguished for the Series 62 and DeVille models by the full length chrome panel at the lower edge of the body
Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood 1960 rear
Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood 1960, 4-door hardtop. Rear lights are now set into housing on the rear panel instead of on the rear fins. For 1960 less chrome, the final year for the wraparound front screen, and lower fins.
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Cadillac Coupe Deville 1959. Quad lamps became common in 1958, for 1959 Cadillac matched them with quad turn lamps
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Cadillac Coupe deVille 1959 - These extraordinary rear wings were designed to out-Chrysler the 1959 Chryslers and are attributed to Dave Hols and Ed Glowacke
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Cadillac Coupe Deville 1959 - jet pod tail lamps
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Cadillac Sedan de Ville 1959 - rear lights. Only the 1959 Cadillacs were given these extraordinary twin jet pod rear lights. They were attributed to Dave Hols and Ed Glowacke and others, and were designed away from Harley J Earl who was absent in Europe during the 1956 gestation period.
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Cadillac Sedan de Ville 1959 - taillight
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Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960. The extravagant twin pod tail lamps on extra tall fins on the 1959 model were rationalised for 1960 in a general toning down of that year.
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Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960. The famous 'twin rockets' of the 1959 model were transformed by Ed Taylor under the new chief stylist Bill Mitchell to the neat fin lights and twinned lamps in the 'jet exhaust' nacelles.
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Cadillac Series 62 convertible 1959 - jet pod rear lamps, these quad 'rockets' were only given to the 1959 cars.
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Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood 1960, 4-door hardtop - trim detail from the rear wing
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Cadillac Coupe deVille 1959. 1959 gave General Motors cars their highest wings, and Cadillac were certainly not spared these excesses
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Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960. The Sedan DeVille was almost a 4-door hardtop, offering good all round visibility for its almost pillarless roof. Other 1959 GM cars shared this design. The Cadillac Series 62 and 'deVille' models sat on a 130 inch wheelbase and measured 225 inches, whereas the Chevrolet Impala was 119 inches between the wheels and 211 inches overall.
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Cadillac Series 62 1959 Convertible
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Cadillac Series 6700 Fleetwood 75 1959. The longest 1959 Cadillac with a wheelbase of 149.75 inches (There was also a Fleetwood on a 130 inch wheelbase). 710 swb Fleetwoods were sold and 690 Imperial lwb sold.
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Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood 1960. Now sitting on the same wheelbase as the 1960 Series 62 and DeVilles, the Series Sixty Special Fleetwood was just a prestigious version of the other Cadillacs, There were just two bodies, this 4-door hardtop sedan and a stretched limousine.
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Cadillac Sedan Deville 1960
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Cadillac Series 62 1959 Convertible. A 'faux grille' complete with 'buttons' was given at the rear in case the front one was not enough !
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Cadillac 1957/58
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Chevrolet 1958
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Buick Invicta 1959-63
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Buick LeSabre
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Chrysler New Yorker
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Designer: Chuck Jordan
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Cadillac Coupe deVille
and Sedan deVille
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Cadillac Fleetwood
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