The 1959 “Flat Top” Sedan deVille….
The 1959 “Flat Top” Sedan deVille was one of Cadillac’s most popular hardtop sedans. The dramatic sweep of the roofline past the panoramic back glass was contemporary for the day. The classic four-window Sedan deVille with the vista roof complimenting the iconic tail fins was dramatic and pronounced. The 1959 hardtop Sedan deVille maintained that poised dignity which was the hallmark of every Cadillac. The fabulous fins of the 1959 Cadillacs were a styling tour-de-force in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”
Those fins were the tallest in the industry, they made history. They also excite Drew Fowler….he is a Corvette man but has a “fin-fetish.” This one’s for you Drew Fowler out in Colorado!
No other Cadillac is more widely recognized as the 1959 Cadillac model year. They were the quintessential status symbol when America was “Fantasy Island” and one’s wildest dream could come true. The 1959 Cadillacs were the pinnacle of excess and the epitome of luxury. Cadillac was the purveyor of the luxury car….and the “Standard of the World” in presence and prestige.
With precise craftsmanship and such universal appeal the 1959 Flat Top Sedan deVille was a totally new concept in fine car design. This one is finished in the 1950s popular “Wood Rose.” There were songs sung about the fabled “Pink Cadillac” all throughout that decade. The Cadillac motorcar was a true legend, the iconic 1959 was the most “NOTORIOUS” Cadillac ever….
Unmistakably Cadillac in stature and majesty, no other car is so visually exciting (ask Drew Fowler) and meticulously engineered. Two all-new high performance engines were available for the 1959 model year, a standard four-barrel carburetor or the optional triple deuce (three 2-bbl). The 1959 Sedan deVille was powered by the Cadillac 390 CID 16-valve OHV V8 engine that produced 325 hp @ 3,100 rpm with 583 Nm of peak torque @ 4,800 rpm.
The engine was equipped with a Carter AFB 2814S down-draft carburetor with equalized manifold, mechanical fuel pump, dry-pack type air cleaner, intake silencer, and automatic choke. The engine was mated to GM’s Hydra-Matic (Jet-away) 4-speed automatic transmission. Performance was rated as 0-60 mph in 10.7 seconds, 0-100 mph in 29.5 seconds with a top speed of 126 mph. It could do the ¼ mile @ 83 mph in 17.8 seconds. To be as large as these cars were, they can really move – fast!
The 1959 Sedan deVille was an extremely large front engine rear drive vehicle. It had the luxury length of 225” rode on a long 130” wheelbase and had an extremely wide stance of 80.2”. The 1959 Cadillacs were built as body on frame construction. They were built upon Cadillac’s rugged X-frame. This design afforded more front seat interior room, greater stability, and improved appearance because it could be built lower.
The front suspension was the traditional upper and lower control arms with spherical joints and independent helical coils springs. The rear featured a four-link drive and helical coil springs. Power brakes were standard with front and rear drums. (Do not scoff this was 1959 and hi-tech for the day) Also standard were power steering and Hydra-Matic drive.
This one’s for you Drew!
The 1959 “Flat Top” had an interior that was airy and spacious….it was like driving your great-room around with you. Visibility was EXCELLENT, none of these grotesque fall-away front fenders….(you know today’s cars, and those front fenders that one cannot see…)
The 1959 Flat Top used a large panoramic rear back glass that gave full view of those fabulous fins making parking (lest we forget…backing) easier, after all….we’d hate to mow-down that little car behind us with those fins, that would not be pretty. (Imagine….life in prison for vehicular manslaughter by shish-kabobbing the family in the wagon behind you with those fins!)
The interiors were upholstered in “Camden Cloth” with matching leather bolsters in three colors, or “Coronado” in four trim combinations. The 1959 Cadillacs were the “Standard of the World” in comfort and convenience. (Be careful of those fins! Like when we were little and our elders and betters would tell us not to run with scissors….and we’d do it anyway to see why not?)
The Flat Top Vista-roof was popular among Sedan deVille buyers. Each sculptured contour, every inch of chrome, stainless-steel or aluminum was artfully and skillfully orchestrated to create an endearing and timeless motorcar. The 1959 hardtop Sedan deVille provided brilliant performance, exceptional luxury, and extraordinary beauty. All 1959 Cadillacs are a masterpiece in everything that makes a luxury car desirable, they are highly collectible and monetarily appreciating rapidly.
These fine automobiles will live on forever, as it will always have a cult following, Drew Fowler of Colorado is the CEO, CFO, & COO. The 1959 Cadillacs were in every way a masterpiece of design, engineering, and styling. Those fabulous fins made the iconic 1959 Cadillacs the most widely recognizable model year for the brand. Their increased comfort, safety, luxury, and value were elements adding to the legend’s formidable reputation. So, this is Andrew Fowler’s favorite model in the continuing saga of….”As the Standard of the World Turns.”
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And here is my interpretation…I love the fins!
and the formidable DeVille legend continues….