Best Concept Car Designs of the Day… Buick, Cadillac, RetroClassic

Yea, I know it’s a bit weird, but a Concept Car can become a Classic too. And here’s some, yo…

What’s Coming to THE VLOG in December?? JAGUAR, PRIUS, CADILLAC & more…

Even with the LA AUTO SHOW next week, December is shaping up to be fun thanks to JAGUAR, TOYOTA and a Secret CADILLAC from THE MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM heading to Wheels and Waves on the 17th. Plus, Fireball and Kathie are headed to San Francisco for Christmas!

But be sure to check the show schedule as to where Fireball will be throughout the month… and you may end up on the Vlog!!

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.

CHIP FOOSE 1963 CADILLAC ELDORADO – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 660

CHIP FOOSE 1963 CADILLAC ELDORADO – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 660

Fireball heads to the Automobile Driving Museum for some cool Hot Wheels Cars, spots a Chip Foose 1963 Cadillac Eldorado. Later, drive the 2017 Mazda Miata RF with Christopher Rutkowski (The AFICIONAUTO).

From WIKI… Chip Foose (born October 13, 1963) is an American automobile designer and the star of Velocity’s reality television series Overhaulin’.

The nameplate Eldorado is a contraction of two Spanish words that translate as “the gilded (i.e., golden) one” — and also refers to El Dorado, the mythical South American “Lost City of Gold” that fascinated Spanish explorers.

In 1963 Eldorado Biarritz joined the Cadillac Sixty Special and the Cadillac Series 75 as the only Cadillac models with Fleetwood bodies and immediately acquired Fleetwood crests on its rear quarters and Fleetwood rocker panel moldings.

The 1963 Eldorado was also the first Fleetwood bodied convertible since the Cadillac Series 75 stopped offering four- and two-door convertible body styles and production of the Cadillac Series 90 (V16) ceased in 1941.

In overall terms the 1963 Cadillac was essentially the same as the previous year. Exterior changes imparted a bolder and longer look. Hoods and deck lids were redesigned.

The front fenders projected 4.625 inches further forward than in 1962 while the tailfins were trimmed down somewhat to provide a lower profile.

Body side sculpturing was entirely eliminated. The slightly V-shaped radiator grille was taller and now incorporated outer extensions that swept below the flush-fender dual headlamps.

Smaller circular front parking lamps were mounted in those extensions.

The Eldorado also had a rectangular grid pattern rear decorative grille. A total of 143 options including bucket seats with wool, leather or nylon upholstery fabrics and wood veneer facings on dash, doors and seatbacks, set an all-time record for interior appointment choices.

Standard equipment was the same as the previous year. The engine was entirely changed, though the displacement and output remained the same, 390 cu in (6.4 l) and 325 hp (242 kW).

1963 CADILLAC DE VILLE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 652

1963 CADILLAC DE VILLE! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 652 – Among hitting the Farmer’s Market and cool cars, Fireball and Kathie spot this 1963 Cadillac DeVille, or should we say Cadillac DeRUST?

From WIKI… The 1963 Cadillac De Ville was originally a trim level and later a separate model produced by Cadillac. The first car to bear the name was the 1949 Coupe de Ville, a prestige trim level of the Series 62 luxury coupe.

The last model to be formally known as a DeVille was the 2005 Cadillac DeVille, a full-size sedan, the largest car in the Cadillac model range at the time. The next year, the DeVille was officially renamed DTS.

In overall terms 1963 Cadillac De Ville was essentially the same as the previous year. Exterior changes imparted a bolder and longer look. Hoods and deck lids were redesigned.

The front fenders projected 4.625 inches further forward than in 1962 while the tailfins were trimmed down somewhat to provide a lower profile. Body-side sculpturing was entirely eliminated.

The slightly V-shaped radiator grille was taller and now incorporated outer extensions that swept below the flush-fender dual headlamps. Smaller circular front parking lamps were mounted in those extensions.

A 1963 Cadillac De Ville signature script was incorporated above the lower beltline molding near the rear of the body. A total of 143 options including bucket seats with wool, leather, or nylon upholstery fabrics and wood veneer facings on dash, doors, and seatbacks, set an all-time record for interior appointment choices.

Standard equipment was the same as the previous year. The engine was entirely changed, though the displacement and output remained the same, 390 cu in and 325 hp.

WE DRIVE A 1959 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE!- FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 591

 

Fireball and buddy Greg Gill (The Greg Gill Company) grab a red 1959 Cadillac and go for a spin in Palos Verdes, then later, Fireball & Kathie get the world’s best coffee from CAFFE LUXXE!

More about the 1959 CADILLAC from Wiki… The 1959 Cadillac is remembered for its huge sharp tailfins with dual bullet tail lights, two distinctive rooflines and roof pillar configurations, new jewel-like grille patterns and matching deck lid beauty panels.

In 1959 the Series 62 were moved from the Series 62 to their own series, the Series 6200. DeVilles and 2-door Eldorados became the Series 6300 and Series 6400 respectively, though they all, including the 4-door Eldorado Brougham (which was moved from the Series 70 to Series 6900), 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 DeVille Series had script nameplates on the rear fenders. Standard equipment included power brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, back-up lamps, windshield wipers, two-speed wipers, wheel discs, outside rear view mirror, vanity mirror, oil filter, power windows and two way power seats.

Plain fender skirts covered the rear wheels and 4-doors were available in either four-window or six-window hardtop configurations. Over 53,000 DeVilles were sold in their first year as a separate series, accounting for roughly 37% of all Cadillacs sold.

The 1960 Cadillacs 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.

DeVilles were distinguished by special script nameplates on the rear fenders. 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, oil filter, power windows and a two-way power seats.

Technical highlights were finned rear drums and an X-frame construction. Interiors were done in Chadwick cloth or optional Cambray cloth and leather combinations.