Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000
- 390-cid, 325-hp V-8 engine
- Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
- Factory air conditioning
- Just over 11,000 examples built
- Color change from when new
- Period luxury, presence and power
The inherent dignity, grace and beauty of the Cadillacs of this era were considered a hallmark for the Cadillac brand. For 1959, Cadillac was excited to present a design that they felt took a giant stride forward in their styling philosophy. The 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible carries an impressive stature which only a motorcar of this type of length and wheelbase could offer. The presentation is one of a solid, enduring beauty conveyed by the massive bumper and grille design, front and rear. Of course, from any angle of viewing, there is the unmistakable mantle of quality which marked each “Standard of the World” offering in 1959.
The new, low silhouette was as much as 5.5-inches lower than its predecessor. The new-for-1959 sweeping styling lines were set off by extended headlight visors that culminated in the now-legendary sharply defined swept-back fins with twin projectile-shaped taillight nacelles. With tasteful bright trim elements, there was little doubt that elegance was at the forefront in this respected car’s splendor.
This 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible represents one of 11,130 built during the model year from the total production of 142,272 cars. The base price of the car was listed at $5,455 in period writings. Finished in Ebony with a black and white interior, this Cadillac is powered by a 390-cid, 325-hp V-8 engine that is paired with the automatic Hydra-Matic transmission of the era.
While this particular cars cowl data tag shows that it was originally paint code 12 (Dover White) with trim code 20 (White leather with Gray broadcloth); the colors of presentation were part of the palette offered by Cadillac in 1959. Additionally, the list of standard and optional equipment that accompanies the car lends an atmosphere of exceptionalism that is nearly irresistible. Among the features are standards such as power windows, soft-top, front seat, steering and brakes; remote controlled driver’s mirror, accessory lighting, clock, cigarette lighters, center armrest and more. The generous options on this car include factory air conditioning, Autronic-Eye headlight dimmer, cruise control, heater, tinted glass, radio with rear speaker and power antenna. Whitewalls were also an option and look ideal with the factory standard wheel covers and subtle rear fender skirts.
This model of Cadillac offers the occupants a view through the windshield of epic proportions. The driver surveys the world about him over the remarkably low, broad expanse of hood and fenders that flow together in smooth, nearly seamless lines. Harley Earl’s leading-edge styling also employed advanced engineering; while the 1959 Eldorado was controversial and misunderstood in its heyday, the collectors and critics of today agree that it possesses an unmatched combination of power, presence and luxury.