1959 CADILLAC AT MALIBU WHEELS AND WAVES CAR SHOW – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 708

1959 CADILLAC AT WHEELS AND WAVES MALIBU CAR SHOW – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 708 – Voted “Best Car Show in LA!” Lots of amazing cars showed up for Fireball Tim’s Wheels and Waves Car Show in Malibu, but this 1959 Cadillac was the grand daddy-o. Oh, and then there we all the wee Smart Cars!

1959 CadillacThe Cadillac Series 62 is a series of cars which was produced by Cadillac from 1940 through 1964.

Originally designed to replace the entry level Series 65, it became the Cadillac Series 6200 in 1959, and remained that until it was renamed to Cadillac Calais for the 1965 model year.

The Series 62 was also marketed as the Sixty-Two and the Series Sixty-Two. The 1959 Cadillac is remembered for its iconic huge tailfins with dual bullet tail lights.

The new model year also saw two distinctive rooflines and roof pillar configurations, new jewel-like grille patterns and matching deck lid beauty panels. For 1959, the Series 6200 became the Series 62.

De Villes and 2-door Eldorados were moved from the Series 6200 to their own series, the Series 63 and Series 64 respectively, though they all, including the 4-door Eldorado Brougham (which was moved from the Series 70 to Series 69), shared the same 130 in (3,302 mm) wheelbase.

Engine output was an even 325 hp (242 kW) from the 390 cu in (6.4 L) engine. The Series 62 was identifiable by its straight body rub moldings, running from front wheel opening to back bumpers, with crest medallions below the spear.

A one-deck jeweled rear grille insert was seen. Standard equipment included power brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, back-up lamps, windshield wipers, two-speed wipers, wheel discs, outside rearview mirror, vanity mirror and oil filter.

The convertible model had power windows and a two-way power seat. Plain fender skirts covered the rear wheels and 4-doors were available in either four-window or six-window hardtop configurations.

With the De Villes and 2-door Eldorados in their own series sales plunged to only 70,736, the lowest since the 1950 model year. The 1960 Series 62 had smoother, more restrained styling. General changes included a full-width grille, the elimination of pointed front bumper guards, increased restraint in the application of chrome trim, lower tailfins with oval shaped nacelles and front fender mounted directional indicator lamps.

Series 62 models were distinguished by plain fender skirts, thin three-quarter length bodyside spears and Cadillac crests and lettering on short horizontal front fender bars mounted just behind the headlights.

Four-window and six-window hardtop sedans were offered again. The former featured a one-piece wraparound backlight and flat-top roof, while the latter had a sloping rear window and roofline.

Standard equipment included power brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, dual back-up lamps, windshield wipers, two-speed wipers, wheel discs, outside rearview mirror, vanity mirror and oil filter.

The convertible model had power windows and a two-way power seat. Technical highlights were finned rear drums and an X-frame construction. Interiors were done in Fawn, Blue or Gray Cortina Cord or Turquoise, Green, Persian Sand, or Black Caspian cloth with Florentine vinyl bolsters.

Convertibles were upholstered in Florentine leather single or two-tone combinations or monochromatic Cardiff leather combinations.

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  1. Bob Amaral says:

    Hey Fireball — Another great Wheels & Waves — Sure wish I could join you . . . . Miss the SoCal car scene. Thanks for catching John Gilbert in a selfie. I have known John for well over 20 years but we have not gotten together for quite some time. And thanks for the shout out to me. I really miss the Huntington Beach Concourse and working with you and the Minis . . . . and good old Bart McGrath — But things are cool here in Colorado (no pun intended). Take care — and keep up the FMV — we are still out here watching. Bob

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