1957 Cadillac Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special

The Fleetwood sedan augmented the Cadillac model hierarchy

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Cadillac Fleetwood was the “Cadillac of Cadillacs.” Every sculptured in steel contour and each touch of chrome, stainless steel and brushed aluminum was skillfully designed to achieve an enduring and timeless motor car. The 1957 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty-Special sedan provided a spectacular new high performance engine, with exceptional luxury and extraordinary beauty. A Fleetwood Sixty-Special hardtop sedan was the culmination of the refined techniques and styling genius of Fleetwood craftsmen. The Cadillac Fleetwood Series augmented the line-up for Cadillac perennially. 

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The lower fenders embodied a single flowing panel of ribbed anodized aluminum with moldings made of stainless steel. The sweep of the new pillarless hardtop sedan design combined with the panoramic windscreen and backglass gave the Fleetwood Sixty-Special a light airiness that was unavailable in the traditional sedan. These were just a few of the 1957 Fleetwood Sixty-Special’s distinguishing design features that emphasized its exclusive character. Its completely new profile and interior elegance marked it as one of the most dramatically styled motor cars of all time.

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The 1957 model year held a complete re-tooling for all models. Priced from $5,539, the Fleetwood Sixty-Special had a pillarless hardtop sedan styling that sold 24,000 units. The Fleetwood series was the most eloquent of all Cadillac models. With its luxurious signature wheelbase of 133”, the Fleetwood Sixty-Special was the most gracious way to travel Cadillac style. The 1957 Sixty-Special possessed that poised dignity that was the hallmark of every Cadillac.

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A Sixty-Special was the epitome of Cadillac elegance. These were the most luxurious owner-driven sedans in the model hierarchy. The Fleetwood series had an individually longer wheelbase than the standard Cadillac models. Its unique grandeur immediately set it apart from the others in any gathering of fine automobiles. The brand new styling showcased the pillarless hardtop sedan design that the rest of the industry would immediately adopt. It made the car look longer and sleeker, contemporary for the day it was. The luxury length of 224.4” and long 133” wheelbase carried on the tradition of the Cadillac Magic Carpet Ride.

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The elegant exterior featured yards of dazzling chrome and stainless steel trim. A wide ribbed bright anodized metal panel extended from the doors to the rear bumper. A chrome rocker panel molding ran into the front wheel trim rings ending at the front bumper. The Fleetwood’s swept roofline, canted “C” pillars, and wide wrap-around rear backglass was not only beautiful but gave a panoramic rearview. And of course, there were the iconic Cadillac tail fins towering above the trunk lines. The 1957 Fleetwood Sixty-Special was one class-act.

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The Cadillac 16-valve 365 CID OHV V8 engine block was made of cast iron. It had five main bearings and used hydraulic lifters. The engine was equipped with two Rochester #7015701 4-bbl carburetors. It went from 0-60 mph in 12.2 seconds, 0-100 mph in 38.7 seconds, and had a top speed of 115 mph. It could do the ¼ mile @ 78 mph in 18.8 seconds. The 365 CID V8 produced 300 hp @ 4,800 rpm with 515 Nm of peak torque @ 2,800 rpm. The GM Turbo Hydra-Matic Jetaway 4-speed automatic transmission was mated to this powerful V8 engine. The Fleetwood Sixty-Special was a very large and fast sedan.

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In the entire world there was no other motor car quite like the 1957 Cadillac Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special. Cadillac craftsmanship, performance, styling, and graciousness were superbly integrated into all Fleetwoods. The Sixty-Special offered a special beauty exclusive in the ultra luxury car arena. The “Standard of the World” was once again the leader. The Series Sixty-Special as with all Cadillacs was available in an unusually wide choice of exclusive color and trim combinations. Riding on the 133” wheelbase made boulevard travel unobtrusive. The Cadillac Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special was the most luxurious owner-driven Cadillac. Its preeminence in the luxury car arena was without conjecture the most elegant manner in which to travel Cadillac style. It possessed that poised dignity that was the hallmark of every Cadillac. Do you hear me General Motors?

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Will Cadillac ever make another flagship?

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