21 Nov The iconic 1959 Cadillac
The Cadillac was a symbol of success and to own one, meant you “had arrived”. At Caddy Daddy the largest Cadillac parts store in the world, we have always cherished the 1959, it practically had it all. Performance, comfort, and design with their now iconic tailfins and jet pod taillights, you either loved this car or lusted for this car. To describe any car in a single word is difficult but for the 1959 Cadillac, one word definitely comes to mind – excellence.
Besides the over-the-top style of the tailfins, the grille work in the front of the 1959 Cadillac was an eye-catching set of chrome. You could also describe the 1959 Cadillac with the word “massive”. The new front bumper on the 1959 Cadillac was massive. It probably had to be since it housed the parking and turn signal lights as a pair in pods on its outer ends. The Cadillac also had a new rear bumper and like the front, it too was massive. The rear bumper had chrome outer pods which housed the backup lights.
For the 1959 Cadillac, everything seemed to fall into place. In 1959, General Motors was working to produce all-new vehicles. This meant a major re-design effort for the 1959 Cadillac. Second, although a lesser known fact, the 1959 Cadillac’s design revolved around a Buick door. As this was the case, the Buick’s door had a taper which dictated the Cadillac’s rearward taper. Finally, the head of design at Cadillac, Ed Glowacke, wanted the 1959 Cadillac to have a new design that was innovative and state-of-the-art. The work to design the 1959 Cadillac officially began in mid-1956.
We all know about the distinctive tailfins. To make the car look more expensive, twin taillights were added. When sitting in a ’59 Cadillac, a driver could enjoy an unobstructed view in all directions. Buyers also had the ability to choose from two roof designs; a traditional curved roof or a “blade-upper” flat roof that was more radical in design. Either would create a fully lavish and open view.
Other notables about the 1959 Cadillac include the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes were standard, while cruise control, air suspension, electric door locks, and a power trunk fell remained options. Cadillac also used an exceptionally strong tubular-center X-frame which allowed the vehicle to sit lower which improved its handling and its appearance. The engine was a 390 cubic inch V8 that produced 325 horsepower and was equipped with a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts.
In 1959, Cadillac had six models available were; Series 6200, 6300 (DeVille), 6400 Eldorados, 6900 Eldorados, Sixty Special Fleetwood and the 6700 Fleetwood 7.
Today, the 1959 Cadillac is a sought-after car for original restorations and hot rodding. Caddy Daddy has been an industry leader for the last 32 years, specializing in parts for Cadillac’s from 1936 to 1992 with an emphasis on ’59. Some of the most popular parts sold by Caddy Daddy for the 1959 Cadillac include, disc brake conversion kits, replacement lenses, exhaust manifolds and replacement rubber weatherstripping.
It’s easy to see why the 1959 Cadillac was so popular, but if it weren’t for Caddy Daddy, many of them would not last the test of time.