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1954 Cadillac Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special

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The eminent Cadillac Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special is a motorcar of absolute distinction. Fleetwood coach crafters hand-built the entire car. There was no more magnificent manner to drive or be driven in the formidable “Standard of the World.” It is luxury with a dignified presence. The epochal 1954 Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special takes a bow…in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”

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For the 1954 model year, Cadillac was completely re-designed with new splendor. They are longer, lower, and wider. The panoramic windscreen introduced on the limited-edition 1953 Series Sixty-Two Eldorado is now standard on all models. The all-new design refines the Series Sixty-Special with an individually longer 133” wheelbase – stretched an additional 4” longer than the Series Sixty-Two platform – for added cabin roominess.

Only 16,200 Series Sixty-Specials were crafted by Fleetwood for 1954 making it highly collectible. Fleetwood had its own dedicated assembly line because of the extensive hand-finishing required. The elegant 1954 Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special has the luxury length of 227.4” and a 79.8” width. Fleetwood hand crafted all Cadillac interiors. Fleetwood models were crafted in their entirety by Fleetwood which makes them even more exclusive.

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The 1954 Cadillacs are powered by the 5.4 litre 331 CID 16-valve V8 engine. It produces 230 hp @ 4,400 rpm with 450 Nm of peak torque @ 2,800 rpm. The naturally aspirated V8 is equipped with a Carter WCFB 2143S or Rochester 4GC 4-bbl carburetor. 

Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 13.6 seconds with a top speed in the 106-mph range. It does the ¼ mile @ 75-mph in 19.6 seconds. The engine is mated to the GM 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

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This 1954 Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special is equipped with air conditioning w/rear seat ventilation, signal-seeking AM radio, heater, power front seat, power windows, steering, and brakes. Sixty-Specials were so luxurious they were used as personal limousines along with the Series Seventy-Five nine-passenger sedan and formal limousine.

This one is of elite provenance. It was used to chauffeur celebrities. It was purchased by the Yellow Cab and Limousine Company in Twin Falls Idaho in 1955. One of the more famous occupants includes Marilyn Monroe. It was used as her personal transportation during filming of the movie Bus Stop” in 1955. The odometer reads 63,822 original miles.

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Marilyn Monroe was the blonde-bombshell femme fatale of the 1950s

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Photos courtesy Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars

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Cadillac Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special sedans were top of the line flagship models that eminently served as personal limousines. It made the special world of the Cadillac even more exclusive. They’re handcrafted in their entirety by Fleetwood. For 1954, Cadillac redesigned their entire line making each longer, lower, and wider. This 1954 Fleetwood has a one-of-a-kind provenance achieved as being a limousine to the stars. Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars out of St. Louis, Missouri is a dedicated caretaker for all of your classic and special interest automobile needs from service through full restoration.

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The 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special takes center stage precluding another chapter…in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”

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The “Standard of the World” will be proudly displayed in this section. ONLY classic Cadillac motorcars deserving the title will be featured for your enjoyment.

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