Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood Sedan

The editor of Road & Track magazine, John Bond, selected the best new car of 1949. It was a Cadillac Series 60 Special Fleetwood, with the deciding factor being Cadillac’s compact and powerful overhead-valve V8 engine.

The Series 60 Special Fleetwood Sedan rode a stately 133-inch wheelbase, measuring a full seven inches longer than that of the Series 61 and 62 models. Other indentifying features included wider rear doors, chrome C-pillar slashes, narrower rear fender stone guards and additional chrome extensions. Fleetwood models also featured hydraulic window lifts as standard equipment.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

160 bhp, 331 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, Carter two-barrel carburetor, Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 133"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Simon Clay and Craig Johnston

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