Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special
Without doubt, the early 1950s were among the most fertile years for automotive design. Cadillac, in particular, led this stylistic Renaissance with the “Florentine Curve” roof, distinctive egg crate grilles, and “Dagmar” bumpers. Such advancements found an eager audience in the thousands of Motorama show-goers who, since 1949, had attended GM’s traveling motor show to witness the latest in design and technological innovation.
Cadillac soundly replaced Packard as a leader in the fine car segment, becoming the preferred choice of a new generation of affluent consumers and style-minded auto enthusiasts. Meanwhile, Harley Earl and his Art & Color Department contributed to the already formidable reputation enjoyed by Cadillac industry-wide. Earl’s tailfins and growing use of chrome trim simultaneously evoked a feeling of spaceflight and automotive progress.
While the Series 62 models were the mainstay of the Cadillac model line, the Series Sixty Special Fleetwood Sedan, introduced in 1953, tapped a demand for a somewhat longer sedan with wider rear doors and distinctive trimmings. In total, 18,300 examples of these sleek and luxurious full-size sedans, priced from $4,728, were produced in 1955.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
250bhp, 331 cu. in. V8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 133"
Source: RM Auctions