1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Six-window Limousine
Nine-passenger limousine; one of 710 such models made in 1959
Ebony Black (code 10) exterior with matching vinyl roof
Light Gray wool broadcloth and Dark Gray nylon Bedford cord interior (code 90)
390 CID V-8 engine with four-barrel carburetor
Hydramatic four-speed automatic transmission
Air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows and power vent windows
Motorola CB radio in front, two telephones in back
Looking for a new rolling conversation piece that happens to have room for your large or extended family? MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to offer this seldom-seen 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Six-window Limousine. This limo was lovingly cared for by an elderly gentleman who had declining health. He loved showing this limo at car shows for over a decade. We purchased the car from his estate.
Even more ostentatious and exuberant than its standard coupe, convertible and sedan counterparts, the 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Six-window Limousine was the pinnacle of Head Stylist Harley Earl’s styling manifesto. With its nearly 150-inch-long wheelbase, Earl had that much more canvas to use. Made in GM’s Detroit, Michigan factory on (date), this limousine is one of 710 manufactured in 1959.
Finished in Ebony Black, (code 10), this car’s paint and trim are in overall satisfactory condition. There are blemishes in the fender trim, blemishes on the left and right side of the body and under the full black vinyl roof. The glass panels and the vehicle’s lights are also in overall decent order, however one of the driver’s side bullet-shaped tail lamps is broken and passenger side exterior spotlight is inoperable. Overall, the limo’s bodywork is in decent shape, including the bumpers, which are in overall satisfactory shape. The car can be impressive as is, but could use a paint job to bring it back to it’s original grandeur.
This long car rolls on whitewall tires with full wheel covers. The tires and wheel covers are in adequate condition, however the tires are older and should be replaced before a long journey.
Under the hood is a 390 CID V-8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor, backed by a Hydramatic four-speed automatic transmission. Driver convenience features included air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes and power windows, including power vent windows.
Inside, the aftermarket light gray broadcloth and dark gray nylon Bedford cord seats, with their fold-down center armrests are in overall satisfactory condition, with some evidence of “buttons gone wild” in front. The contrasting black carpet and complementing gray headliner are in similar shape. The two-spoke gray steering wheel looks good, while the instrument panel and inner door panels are in decent order. There’s a Motorola CB unit on the transmission tunnel in front while in back a pair of telephones ride the tunnel. There are also a pair of fold-away jump seats in the rear. Rounding out the interior is a factory AM radio.
No single automotive design better characterizes the industry’s late 1950s flamboyance than the 1959 Cadillac, which incorporated totally new styling. Large tailfin, twin bullet taillamps, new jewel-like grille patterns and matching deck-lid beauty panels personified these cars. The long-wheelbase Series 75 technically became the Series 6700, in keeping with Cadillac’s new series scheme, but in practice was still referred to as the “Series 75.” Production models again were a nine-passenger sedan and Imperial limousine with auxiliary jump seats.
Fleetwood lettering appeared on the rear deck lid trim strip. Single side trim moldings extended from the front wheel housing to the rear of the car. Standard equipment included power brakes; power steering; Hydramatic
automatic transmission; dual back-up lamps; windshield washers and two-speed wipers; wheel discs; dual outside rearview mirror; vanity mirror; oil filter and power vent windows. Power steering and shock absorbers were improved this year. Engine displacement on the Cadillac V-8 was increased to 390 CID.
Competition to this Cadillac in 1959 included Chrysler’s Imperial Limousine, Lincoln’s Continental Limousine and Mercedes-Benz’s 300D Limousine.
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States