We happened upon this 1960 Cadillac Series 62 six window hardtop sedan a month and a half ago and, of course, made a mental note to post a piece about it before long. In the interim we’ve covered some swell SAABs, amusing Mustangs, potent Packards and original Oldmobiles and kind of lost track of things. We got a vivid reminder, just a day or two ago, when this big old Cad which had vanished from our neighborhood showed up once more. We took its return, presumably from Arizona where it’s registered, as a sign to do it up right.
Yes, it has some dents and scrapes but that’s why we love it. You can always find a perfectly restored old Cadillac at a car show or a totally trashed out one mouldering under a tarp, its restoration put off “until we get around to it.” This one is original, all the parts are there where they should be, just as they were installed, ahem, One Piece At A Time, more than a half century ago.
Tail fins have always been a point of conversational departure for Caddys of this era but the ’60 model was the first time that the height of the fins went down from one model year to the next. Its predecessor’s over-the-top, juke box style, hind quarter appurtenances were the apogee of GM styling chief Harley Earl’s Sir Mix Alot-esque obsession with big rears. We think Ella Von Baron, our spokesmodel, was correct to call our attention to the dazzling front end with those subtle creased “v” marks above the quad headlights and the grill that screams Hollywood Regency style with jewel-like chrome protrusions. Something like this might make you gulp hard were you to find it occupying 100% of your rear view mirror.
The fins were a tasteful approach to Cadillac’s commitment to presenting something uplifting to those who found themselves behind or having been passed by an exemplar of the far from self effacing slogan “The Standard of the World.” We think they’re the best effort since the 1956 model. Yeah, it’s a very subjective thing so if you want to chime in please do and we do love comments.
There’s a super clean, un-restored, low mileage (only 64K) one of these offered on Ebay right now. It’s even the same color as our neighborhood visitor so redeem those cans and bottles right away and put some Cadillac style into your life!
And, by all means, click here to view an unbiased film promoting the manifest virtues of the first Cadillac of the 1960’s, produced by Cadillac’s Merchandising Department.
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