Lot 235 - 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

Lot 235 - 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

Lot 235 - 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

Lot Number 235
Registration OSU 140
Chassis Number 59FO22813
Estimate £90,000 - £100,000

Although Cadillac had invented the tailfin in 1948, by the late 1950s, others were offering their own take on the theme. In fact, the 1959 Cadillac fins were a response by Cadillac to the 1957 Chrysler line, which had borrowed Cadillac’s own idea and took it one step further. According to the late David Holls, former design director at GM, the famous fins of 1959 were the result of a directive from management that Cadillac would not be outdone by Chrysler products.

There was little danger of that, as the 1959 Cadillac was a modern classic that truly represented the high point of the era of fins and flash. It was huge yet remarkably docile to drive, thanks to abundant power, a first-rate automatic transmission, and excellent power steering and brakes.

No other car captured the essence of the Jet Age quite like the 1959 Cadillac. In addition to sharply swept and dramatically pointed fins, surface development was a series of curves, nacelles, and character lines that could have come from one of the new jet fighters of the time. Wheel covers carried a turbine wheel motif, and there were even vestigial ventral fins at the lower edge of each rear side, passing through the bumper skirts to merge into the massive rear bumper.

The Series 62 Convertible offered here was the recipient of a full restoration in the iconic colour of Seminole Red with a contrasting red/white interior and white electric vinyl hood. In true 1959 Cadillac fashion, it has numerous options and accessories, including the Hydra-Matic transmission; power steering, brakes, windows, and top; and the standard bench seat that provides traditional comfort for up to three adult passengers across the front. This example is probably one of the finest on the market and is extremely sought after and rare. The vendor has given it 10/10 in every respect, and we strongly recommend that the car be viewed in person to really appreciate its beauty and superb quality. The engine bay itself is something to behold let alone the rest of the car. Superb! This is an American icon that any enthusiast should own at least once in his or her life, and this car is a handsome example of one of the all-time great GM designs.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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