Lot 294 - 1963 Cadillac Sedan de Ville
|Odometer reading||78,482 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,720|
The first Cadillac to bear the famous de Ville moniker was a prestige variant of the 1949 Series 62 range. However, between 1958 and 2005, the de Ville was a model in its own right; the definitive version of which was arguably that from 1959. The ultimate expression of the legendary Harley Earl's jet plane-inspired design, it sported enormous, sharp tail-fins, bullet-shaped rear light clusters, jewel-patterned radiator grill and a distinctive roof supported by ultra slim-line pillars. Known as the Series 6300, the Coupe de Ville and its Sedan de Ville sibling were based around tubular X-frame chassis equipped with all-round coil-sprung suspension, power assisted steering and self-adjusting brakes. Powered by a 390ci (6.4-litre) OHV V8 engine allied to Hydra-Matic transmission, the de Ville cars were surprisingly quick (contemporary road tests recorded 0-60mph in 10.3 seconds and top speeds of 110mph). Although, with a quoted 325bhp and 430lbft of torque on tap, they certainly had need of their power brakes. Over 53,000 De Villes were sold in 1959 - some 37 percent of the manufacturer's entire production for that year. The 1963 variant had slightly more pronounced fenders while the tailfins were trimmed down somewhat to provide a lower profile.
The example presented here today has been owned by the vendor for some 10 years and has been used largely for special events. It was imported into this country in 1990 from Oregon, USA straight into Lewis, West Sussex. From there it was a short hop to Ardingly, again in West Sussex. In March, it underwent a full health check with a local garage to include a fresh MoT test certificate valid until March, 2016. It starts well with the power steering light to the touch. The electrically powered front bench seats operate fully in all three planes and the overall interior condition is good. The paintwork is in an unrestored state but is also in good order throughout and all brightwork is complete and in excellent condition. A striking and sound example of the classic finned Cadillacs of the 1960's.
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