1960 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Convertible

The fabulous fins were tastefully tapered

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The dramatic elegance and majesty of Cadillac’s new design were eloquently portrayed in the spirited 1960 Series Sixty-Two convertible. It was the ultimate open grand tourer. Its tasteful restyling was boldly contemporary yet unmistakably Cadillac. There was no more resplendent way to drive a convertible than behind the wheel of the 1960 Series Sixty-Two convertible. They featured a more refined eloquence.

Powered by a high performance V8 engine and trimmed Cadillac-style, the Series Sixty-Two convertible was a superb example of Cadillac’s superlative reputation. The tail fins were neatly and tastefully tapered into the architecture. The beauty and youthful spirit of the 1960 Series Sixty-Two convertible called for a sunny day and the open road ahead. As the owner of a Cadillac, one enjoyed convenience and appointments like no other car in its class….best of all it was a Cadillac. The 1960 Cadillacs were one of the more dramatic episodes in the continuing saga of….”As the Standard of the World Turns.”

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The 1960 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two convertible was a brilliant new interpretation of a traditional body style. The 1960 Cadillacs set new standards for dramatic styling and elegance. Cadillac made the most beautiful convertibles in the world as witnessed by this pristine example finished in Beaumont Beige. This was another fine classic from Daniel Schmitt & Co the Classic Car purveyor.

A Cadillac convertible was a superbly crafted motorcar that made every journey pleasurable….a Cadillac convertible was the most desirable of all luxury cars. The 1960 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two convertible maintained that poised dignity which was the hallmark of every Cadillac. The 1960 Series Sixty-Two convertible had a highly refined Cadillac V8 engine that delivered brilliant performance and proven dependability. Its spirited new styling was totally committed to elegance and comfort. Cadillac was the legend and a lifestyle.

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Beauty and luxury achieved perfection in the 1960 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two convertible. With its standard power fully automatic folding fabric roof down, it gave the visual effect of a single sweep from nose to tail. Long, low-slung, and beautiful was this masterful motorcar. This was the type of decadent luxury that spoiled premium automobile buyers all over the world…..Cadillac style!

The spacious interior was upholstered in luxurious Florentine leather crafted by Fleetwood. Six solid colors and a red/white or black/white trim combination was available. There was nothing as elegant as a Cadillac convertible, the 1960 Series Sixty-Two is proof. It was merely another exemplary exercise in impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. Power windows and seat, power steering, power brakes, and automatic transmission were standard features. Cadillac offered an array of features and accessories to add further distinction to the 1960 Series Sixty-Two convertible.

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The 1960 Series Sixty-Two convertible was powered by Cadillac’s 390 CID 16-valve OHV V8. It was equipped with a carter AFB 2814S 4-bbl downdraft carburetor with equalized manifold, mechanical fuel pump, dry-pack type air cleaner, intake silencer, and automatic choke. The engine had a cast iron block and heads, five main bearings, and hydraulic valve lifters.

It produced 325 hp @ 4,800 rpm with 583 Nm of peak torque @ 3,100 rpm. 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 did the ¼ mile @ 83 mph in 17.8 seconds. The engine was mated to GM’s Hydra-Matic (Jet-away) 4-speed automatic transmission. The 390 was available as four barrel or triple deuce (three 2-bbl) carburetion.

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The 1960 Cadillacs were large front engine rear-drive vehicles. They were built as body on frame construction on Cadillac’s rugged tubular center X-frame. It provided lower body mounting for greater stability, lower wind resistance, not to mention improved appearance. The front suspension used the traditional upper and lower control arms, spherical joints, and independent helical coil springs.

The rear suspension used a four-link drive, helical coil springs, and a hypoid rear axle with off-set differential housing to facilitate Straight-Line Drive. All cars at this point in the 1960s were shedding their fins and yards of chrome trim while being built lower. Cars became progressively lower every decade. Cadillac led the way with advanced design and engineering….

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A Cadillac was more than a motorcar, it was an institution. Legendary quality, fit, and finish were impeccably expedited through generations of dedicated artisans at the Clark Street plant. Cadillac led the world with luxury, presence, and distinction. The Cadillac convertible was an institution in itself….it was synonymous with a dramatic elegance no other motorcar could replicate. A Cadillac convertible epitomized luxury with a youthful attitude.

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The 1960 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two convertible was a motorcar of inspiring beauty. It was an excellent example of Cadillac skill and craftsmanship. More glamorous than ever, the 1960 Cadillacs exhibited a dramatically incomparable elegance and magnificence. The Series Sixty-Two convertible for 1960 provided a brilliant and original interpretation of the “Standard of the World.”

The youthful spirit of its silhouette, the V8 power under the hood, and the peace of mind knowing it was a Cadillac, made the 1960 Series Sixty-Two convertible a motoring dream come true. Cadillac offered more features and accessories as standard equipment than any other luxury brand. The 1960 Series Sixty-Two convertible was a dramatic presentation in the continuing saga of….”As the Standard of the World turns.” 

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1960 Series Sixty-Two Flat Top sedan

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Cadillac for 1960……

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