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Classic Cadillac

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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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  1. Hi Greg (or any other responders):
    I’ve owned a handful of Caddies, but never my ultimate wish of a ’93-’96 Big Body Fleetwood Brougham. I’m now at a stage in my life to make it happen. Trying to learn what year of these is best? I know this is largely a subjective question. Each succeeding year seemed to add slight improvements from my analysis. This leads me to believe the ’96 to be the most logical choice in this regard? Also guessing from a parts perspective that the later year models’ are more easier obtained? Are most parts interchangeable for all 4 model years? Ex: Can you look for & swap ’93 parts for ’96 ones? Trying to compare and contrast the 4 model years to determine the most sound choice in the used market. Thanks for any replies or opinions.

    • Hello Darrin! The 1993-1996 Cadillac Fleetwood was basically the same car. The V8 engine is from the Corvette (no not a typo). The Chevy Caprice, Buick Roadmaster, and the Cadillac Fleetwood were merely a hodge-podge of GM parts all pretty much interchangeable except for cosmetics. They’re beautiful cars that are still in high demand all over the world. All three cars were built on the same platform and parts are plentiful. These cars will outlast the newer cars if properly maintained. General Motors was taking a stab at revamping the full-size sedans when these three cars made their debut in 1993. Unfortunately, clientele could see the Fleetwood was really a Caprice or a Roadmaster and popularity didn’t go the way GM execs wanted. Cars this big were a dying breed at the time because of gasoline prices. These cars are more popular today than they were back in their production days. If you can find one they are an excellent value, they will appreciate favorably the more rare they become. Happy Hunting!

  2. Good Morning,

    A link on the net showing a black 1966 Cadillac convertible, directed me to your site.

    I am looking for a very nice black 66 Cadillac 62 or Eldorado Convertible.

    Please let me know if you have one, or happen across one for sale.

    Thank You.

    • Hello Daniel! Both 1966 DeVille and Eldorado convertibles are extremely rare. If I run across anything in my travels I’ll notify you. These are hot items, when they do come up for sale they sell almost immediately because of their pedigree. Classic Cadillac convertibles are appreciating rapidly as with all classic Cadillacs because they are the last of the breed. Happy hunting!

  3. Hello Maria! These are very rare automobiles. If you should run across one make sure the coachbuilder is an accredited entity. It is a tedious not to mention time consuming task creating a convertible from a hardtop. The roof of a car is the major structure holding the car together. When the roof is snipped off certain things must be done to lower the center of gravity to keep it on the ground. Since its structural integrity has been compromised it has to be reinforced in the event of it being ‘T-boned’ to keep it in one piece. Hess & Eisenhardt made a very nice conversion from 1980-1985 model years. ASC or American Sunroof Corporation built GM factory authorized conversions for the 1984-1985 model years. Armbruster/Stageway built a conversion for model years 1980-1983.

    Make sure to find out who carried out the transition before you buy, this way you won’t be in for a nasty shock. Always have convertible as well as stretch limousine conversions put up on a frame rack to lift it to see if the car sags with the wheels off of the ground. It is imperative to have a professional examine the conversion. AND…as with all Cadillacs from the 1980s, check in key areas for corrosion!! There’s a lot to look at when contemplating a converted vehicle. There are examples out there that are ‘dangerous’ because everyone isn’t trained for a procedure like this – there’s a lot more involved than merely snipping off the top to make a convertible! Good luck in your search.

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