Market Finds: Classy Caddys Available from Hemmings Motor News

Classy Caddys Available from Hemmings Motor News

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
February 10, 2015
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Before cars were compared to all manner of BMWs, the classic Cadillac was the gold standard. Even high quality household appliances and airplanes were billed as “the Cadillac of the…” (fill in the blank). This was for a very good reason, they’re beautiful and the build quality was noticeably finer than their peers’. Arguably the centenarian’s golden age was in the ‘50s post-war era with wraparound windshields, chrome, and iconic tailfins. Owners were proud to drive a Cadillac and appreciated them for what they were. And if you enjoyed today’s film on Rita Hayworth’s custom-bodied Cadillac Ghia, there are many Cadillacs to choose from in different price ranges and models (although sadly, we couldn’t find any custom-bodied ones). Here are three available now from Hemmings Motor News.

Good:

The car: 1959 Cadillac Series Sixty Fleetwood

Price: $16,000

Location: Quogue, New York, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

The 1959 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood incorporated a one year only design with side panels and moldings that set it apart from the standard six window sedan. There were approximately 2,250 ‘59 Fleetwoods built and many have met a rusty fate. Fleetwoods were only available as sedans so you won’t be “upstaged” by a coupe or convertible variation at your local car show. This Cadillac is listed as rust free, excellent interior, with good chrome, but does have faded paint. This classic car comes with some modern conveniences including air conditioning, power windows, and cruise control.

Better:

The car: 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville

Price: $79,500

Location: Houston, Texas, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

The 1950‘s priciest Cadillac was the Eldorado, available first as a convertible then also offered as a Coupe (Seville). The seller believes this restored Eldorado is a factory-designed prototype with quad headlamps, implemented on later models. The car has been meticulously restored with the original 365-cubic inch engine, Hydra-Matic transmission, and dual four-barrel carburetors. For better or worse, this one-off will draw some attention from GM historians.

Best:

The car:1952 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

Price: $139,900

Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

Built for model years 1948 through 1953 as a coupe, convertible, or sedan, the third generation Series 62’s most desirable iteration was the convertible. In 1949 Cadillac introduced a new 5.4 liter overhead valve V8 producing 160 hp that would be used for years to come. This convertible was built on the company’s 50th anniversary and fully restored in 2011. The car has only been driven four-hundred miles since the restoration and is crying out for someone to buy and drive it!

If you know of a great, stylish car for sale and would like us to feature it, please let us know!

Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in any of these cars, do your homework and research extensively before you buy.

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Martin James
Martin James

…. and yet again … three more reminders of how good it was … as well as how bad its gotten when it comes to all things Cadillac . As far as the size Mr Costa refers to . Have a good look at the size of our country [ US ] as well as the extent , length , width and breadth of our road systems even back then in comparison to the EU and UK [where paved goat paths and cart trails were and still are the norm ] and you’ll quickly realize these Cadillacs fit perfectly into… Read more »

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Of course it all tends to an end. In an era of ‘global’ cars, like the Ford Focus or the VW Golf, the big beasts will be hunted down. Nevertheless, big SUV, pick-ups and sedans still remain in the image we ‘goat path drivers’ have of the old US of A. Curious story I heard the other day: A worker for the austrian importer of Jeep once told that when he was driving a Commander as is daily driver, he was insulted by neighbors every time he took the car in or out, if they happened to be passing by… Read more »

Martin James
Martin James

… the real joke of late when it comes to size being … the more we [ US ] try to be more like y’all [ in our futile attempt to scale down ] ….. the more in reality y’all want to be exactly like us ! Which is to say … globally [ and especially across the EU ] the sales of SUV’s and CUV’s .. especially of the compact premium variety are on a rapid ascent with all your manufactures now building or badge engineering them … to the detriment of Sedan , Hatchback , and Coupe sales… Read more »

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

It’s true, but that’s why we don’t really need a permanent 4×4, the weather isn’t that bad in most of the continent, but a small SUV with a high suspension does the trick nicely when it rains or snows a bit more park in the sidewalk next to the crosswalk where the old lady is trying to pass.

Problem is in the southern markets like mine people tend to by an SUV with a 1.5 diesel engine, but require 18” wheels with thin tyres and a big double exaust in the back… just for the looks

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

The size of these beasts… It’s funny, I just saw ‘The Deer Hunter’ again two days ago, with De Niro’s Coupe de Ville