IT WAS A BIG SALE IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD

Posted on 27th September 2018
IT WAS A BIG SALE IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD

A full capacity auction hall, many hundreds of additional bidders on the telephone and on-line and over 160 fine and varied classic motors cars on offer made Historics latest sale at Brooklands Museum on September 22nd a grand occasion in all respects.

And with seven out of every ten consignments going to new owners, it was also a major success, maintaining Historics high rate of sale.

https://www.historics.co.uk/buying/auctions/2018-09-22/cars/

But the prize for the biggest statement of the day surely went to the 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood...all 18' 9" of it, its sheer bulk and burbling, fuel thirsty 6.3 litre V8 an anachronism in today's eco-age.

Despite tipping the scales at over two tons, the 'Caddy' could show a clean pair of heels to most saloon cars of its day, reaching 60mph in 11.5 seconds, its 17.4 gallon fuel tank needed frequent topping up as payment for foot-down endulgence at less than 10mpg.

But to the purist all this plays second fiddle to the '59 Fleetwood's flamboyant bodywork penned under the leadership of GM's then head of design, Harvey Earl. His obsession with chrome - the statement of opulence in 50s and 60s America - combined with styling 'touches' such as the dramatic tail fins and space-age cone rear lights, made this car a true icon of US car culture as the liberated '60s beckoned.

The magnificent example that graced Historics sale passed to a fresh owner to enjoy at £28,600.

 

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