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The conquest of air and space was one of the main themes of the 1950s, and this influence reached its peak at Cadillac with the 1959 Series 62. The tapered tail lights mounted at the end of pointed fins mirrored the excesses of the American Way of Life in the 50’s and 60’s. The manufacturer lavished attention on the comfort of the passengers in this car which wore the famous « dollar grin ».
The car we feature here comes from the Alfred Heineken collection, which was sold in February 2003 following the death of the famous brewer. It had previously been in the United States, as confirmed by a title of ownership from the state of Iowa, dated 1991, which accompanies the car. Since that time, the engine and the gearbox have been rebuilt by a specialist, and the car has been meticulously maintained by the mechanic who looks after the current owner’s cars. This Cadillac Series 62 is presented in impeccable condition, resplendent in its red and white livery and abundance of chrome. The two-tone red interior is in keeping with this, and the huge front bench seat can take three people comfortably, with room for many more in the back ! The dashboard is packed with a profusion of dials and instruments, as expected from American cars of this period. Passengers have at their disposal electrically operated seats and windows, and the top operates with an electro-hydraulic system.
The car is astonishingly easy to handle, with a good turning circle and effective power steering. Its V8 325 bhp engine, mated to a Hydra-Matic 3 speed automatic gearbox does the rest, and allows this substantial car to reach 135 km/h with ease. In 1959, this was a speed reserved for accomplished sports cars! An iconic model in Cadillac’s history, this superb cabriolet provides an excellent opportunity to buy a piece of the American dream, dating from this happy time when one ‘cruised’ while listening to the latest rock’n’roll hit!