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.

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What’s it like to drive a 1976 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR?

Sandy Bettlelman’s JENSEN is a rare find, indeed

In most of our heads, rare cars command high prices. I see that every time I head to an auction. But, the truth is that if you love your car, it’s priceless. And that is certainly true when it comes to Sandy Bettelman and his 1976 Jensen Interceptor convertible. And why it’s this week’s Ride of the Week. 

When I go to shows — and I go a lot — I invariably run into people wanting to show me their cars. And it’s cool because I love talking to people that love talking about their rides. And I’m grateful that I get to meet so many people. Although my favorite is always the one with four wheels, I’ve always been partial to the Jensen Interceptor. 

Being retired, Sandy gets to do much of the same thing. He has several cars including an Audi RB and a Bentley GT. But, as cool as those cars are, this Jensen is something else. Why? 

According to Sandy, Jensen bought their powertrains from Chrysler. A 440 cu. in. V8 with the 727 Torqueflite transmission. His car is totally stock, but the convertible was the most glamorous of the Jensen lineup in 1974. It was the most prestigious of the cars for the West Bromich England car builder dating back to the ’30s.  

“I bought the car in 1988 from the original owner,” said Sandy.  “I found it sitting in a driveway two blocks from where I lived and it had not been moved for two years. I bought it because of its beauty and how scarce it is. In 1976 they built only 52 convertibles. Mine came off the line in March and the factory closed in May.” 

Wow.

But back in the ’70s, futurism was a very strange and unique notion. Films like “Barbarella,” “Zardoz” and “Logan’s Run” with groovy futures were in. And TV shows like “U.F.O.,” “Space 1999” and “Thunderbirds” were getting weirder by the minute.

The Interceptor was right out of their future language. It would have been something that the Persuaders drove or James Bond. An elegant and groovy tune built from English heritage. 

Now, Sandy only uses this car for shows or cruises with the top down, but he has a funny story to boot. 

“The car is well known around beach towns. At a show inland, a woman came up to the car and read the badge on the hood that says ‘Jensen.’ She turned to me and asked, ‘Who makes Jensen?’ To which I responded ‘Jensen.’”

Its powerful and elegant interior is classic, yet there’s almost a feeling that you’re in a concept car from a future that never came. It’s a vision ahead of its time, but in a parallel universe. And the fact that the company disappeared in 1976, right at the bicentennial is almost ethereal in it’s nature.

Did these guys ever really exist? Well, parallel future or not, this car is in league with the Tucker Torpedo, Avanti and visions of futures gone. If you’re trying to get your head around what I’m saying, it’s more of a feeling and can only be explained by taking a walk through GM Top Secret Motorama Vault for the ’50s. Yes, I’ve seen it, and it’s wonderful.

“I love to cruise with the top down up PCH through Malibu … along the beach on warm days,” concludes Sandy. A fitting statement to being resolved that no matter how universally unique this car is, it’s purpose is the same as all of them.

To bring joy to a world of car lovers. The highest purpose a car can have and why this Jensen Interceptor is this week’s Ride of the Week.

BODY PARTS ON THE BEACH! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 590

Fireball and Kathie do another 4 mile Beach Hike in Malibu, find some pretty strange items. Plus, so cool inspiration!

About MALIBUBest things to see in MALIBU… Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu.

The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.

Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”, referring to the historical 27-mile Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon west to Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons. For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and are included in the Malibu zip codes.

The city is also bounded by Topanga to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west.

Nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach.

State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador.

The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park, Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park.

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