West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this mostly all original 1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville 6 Window 4 Door Hardtop 6 passenger in it's original factory 'Gotham Gold over Dover White' color paint (Code 40-12) with it's remarkably original from 1959 and still covered in factory plastic 'Silver Black Coronado Metallic Cloth & White Leather' (Trim code 40) specifications interior with original factory specifications and original factory options including; 390 cid 325HP 4 BBL V8 engine, 'Jetaway' Hydra-matic automatic transmission, rear seat center armrest, carpeting, 4-way power seats, power brakes, power windows, heater & ventilation system, AM radio with rear speaker, rocker panel moldings, rear fender skirts, wheel covers & optional rear axle!
Sharing the General Motors corporate design, Cadillacs were totally new for 1959, from new tail-fins and roof-lines to engines. Cadillac re-engineered and rethought everything. The new frontal styling continued the jewel like look of the previous year although this time the grillework ran the full width of the car and was no longer encompassed by grille bars and the bumper. Dual headlamps were set into the front fenders under a slight underhang and below them twin parking/turn signal lamps were mounted into the bumper. The hood was wide and somewhat flat with a wraparound windshield mounted higher allowing for a much improved view of the road with the slender rear pillars and greatly enlarged rear window allowing for better rearward visibility too. And at the rear, well, the iconic tall tailfins with twin bullet shaped tailights and bumper ends emulating jet engines exhaust outlets, were to prove the most outstanding and instantly recognizable of all American car designs internationally for years to come.
The Bill Mitchell designed Cadillac was as large and luxurious as ever and this is a Cadillac that could easily carry six people and featured an all new powertrain boasting a large 390 CID V8 engine producing 325 horsepower. Depending on your taste, the 1959 Cadillac was to prove the most magnificent of all tailfinned Detroiters and has become in any case the most iconic symbol of everything fifties in America! From the glittery chrome grille to the extravagant tailfins and all the gadgets and luxuries inbetween, its a car that now defines the entire automotive industry for that era, the ultimate of classic American cars, never to be repeated or indeed attempted to be imitated since then.
The ultimate polarizing car for equally large armies of Cadillac enthusiasts as tailfins reached their final incarnation of excess, never to be any larger and which unarguably symbolized the end of an era for both Cadillac and of course the 1950's. Regardless of the debates, it is today recognized as probably the definitive Cadillac year ever and without a doubt the most distinctive and recognizable Cadillac anywhere and a true American icon all around the world!
This is a mostly completely original garage kept 'survivor' car which boasts both it's correct original factory 'Gotham Gold over Dover White' color paint and it's all original and still covered by factory plastic 'Silver Black Coronado Metallic Cloth & White Leather' interior! The floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas are solid and the car has had no accidents - obviously a mostly garaged and cherished car since new. There are obviously some very noticeable cosmetic imperfections as one would expect of such an original example and of particular note would be a small 'punch' hole clearly visible in the original dashboard on the passenger side, some paint chips and minor scratches, and some obvious signs of aging in the exposed areas of the original seat fabric most noticeably on the top of the rear seat, etc, etc.
The car drives well and has had some recent service work performed prior to sale. It has good compression readings, a rebuilt carburetor, the fuel tank was removed and inspected and cleaned & a new fuel sender & all new fuel rubber lines were installed, new points & condensor kit, new AC Delco spark plugs, set base timing, all oils and fluids were changed, new battery & cables.
This is a rare opportunity to own a great daily driving example of a true survivor 1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville 6 Window Hardtop sedan which is perfect car for the Cadillac enthusiast to enjoy or add to his collection or of course fully restore or simply a great daily driving example of arguably America's premier and most prestigious brand & finest year and without doubt one of the most iconic of American classic cars for any classic American classic car collector!