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1960 Cadillac Series 6300 Coupe deVille – Dignity,Distinction, Grace, and Beauty

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Welcome to the pomp and splendor of the traditional Cadillac motorcar. It is more than a mere automobile…it is a legend and a lifestyle. Cadillac earned the reputation as the superlative of superlatives through sophisticated engineering and exemplary craftsmanship. A traditional Cadillac moves with tremendous verve and élan. Luxury and innovation is the constant companion when one chose to drive the formidable “Standard of the World.”

The traditional Cadillac remains as one of the most revered automobiles to connoisseurs world-wide. One model in particular dominated this rare arena becoming “America’s favorite luxury car.” The iconic and unforgettable DeVille series is a jewel in the crown of General Motors. Coupes deVille and Sedans deVille consistently took turns leading sales production totals. Their unequalled pre-eminence made them the universal status symbol.

The 1960 Cadillac Series 6300 Coupe deVille is the quintessential example of American excess – flamboyant…yet tasteful. It echoes success. There’s new elegance and refinement. The epochal “Standard of the World” had once again left its indelible signature in the ultra-luxury car segment. Bill Mitchell, chief design engineer for General Motors gave the 1960 Cadillac an elegant poised dignity.

Overall styling refinement and restrained use of ornamentation diminished the bling from the 1959 Harley Earl design. These new models advanced the Cadillac tradition of excellence to an extraordinary degree. The 1960 Cadillac Series 6300 Coupe deVille showcases its dignity, refinement, and dramatic beauty…in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”

The traditional Cadillac is the most charismatic luxury automobile to motor out of Detroit, Michigan. It was the American dream. Life…liberty…and the pursuit of Cadillac – nothing on the road could compare. The “Standard of the World” is an innovator, it follows in no other auto manufacturer’s tire tracks. It never took styling cues from the competition, Cadillac designed its cars to be ultra-exclusive. The entire auto industry took note. The “other” luxury car was forced into submission by the “Standard of the World.”

Exquisite fit & finish, superb engineering, and an inexhaustible dedication to excellence allowed it to carve its own exclusive niche in the luxury car segment. The traditional Cadillac is the most impressive and the most glamorous of all American Grand Marques…it’s the iconic tail fins that made it most charismatic. In 1960, Cadillac had been “Standard of the World” for fifty-eight years. These cars were built when “Made in the U.S.A.” meant something special…

The Beauty

For 1960, Cadillac presented a refined new sophistication. The tail fins were trimmed and tapered into the bodywork. This made the entire vehicle appear longer, lower, and wider. Bill Mitchell removed the ‘excess’ from Harley Earl’s genre making Cadillac even more luxurious. The tail lamps are now integrated into the fins for Mitchell’s “tailored look.” Turn signal lamps and back-up lamps are neatly set into chrome oval nacelles coordinating the contemporary new restyle.

The front-end ensemble is augmented by its wide cross-hatch grille design with alternate bars beveled to reflect a contrasting jewel-like pattern. A less ornate bumper is more sophisticated. Turn signal monitors integrated into the top of the crown moldings atop of each fender flash small amber lights alerting the driver to left and right turns. The overall look enhanced Coupe deVille’s sweeping silhouette making it lower, more refined yet completely in character with the “Standard of the World.” It’s remarkable how just a few changes made the 1960 model look completely restyled when it was not. Restrained use of ornamentation gives the car an understated elegance.

1959 Cadillacs sported the tallest tail fins in the industry

Series 6200, 6300, and 6400 use the same bodyshell

Comfort and convenience

Coupe deVille’s cabin is an exercise in sheer splendor. The luxury continues to proliferate…Cadillac-Style. A newly designed instrument panel places pertinent information directly in the driver’s sight for quick assessment; the instrument cluster is recessed into the dash eliminating annoying reflection.

The DeVille series is endowed with special appointments to make each journey as rewarding as the destination. Wide folding center armrests front and rear augment the wide bench seating for sofa-like comfort. Coupe deVille’s deep-seated elegance pampers up to six passengers spaciously. Power windows, 2-way power seat, power steering and brakes all provide a constant source of pleasure.

Cadillac Air Conditioning was a popular option

One may repose within the epitome of luxury with the standard diamond patterned nylon Chadwick tailored cloth interior or optional Cambray cloth with Florentine leather bolsters. Elegant Trieste nylon blend deep loop-pile carpeting flows lavishly throughout covering floor, lower door kick panels, and cowl sidewalls. The front floor tunnel is lower and narrower as a result of a more compact design of the transmission housing.

This equates to even more foot room for front seat passengers. The accelerator pedal has a recess at the base which the ladies like; this accommodates high heels making the alternation between the brake pedal easier. The pedals have improved spacing for added convenience. Coupe deVille interiors are designed and handcrafted by Fleetwood to suit the most discriminating taste.

The dramatic elegance and majesty of Coupe deVille for 1960 could have been ordered to suit the buyer. These amenities include Cadillac Air Conditioning that not only heats, cools but also removes dust, pollen, and smoke. The convenience of power door locks allows front seat passengers to lock and unlock the doors at the touch of a button.

A power trunk lock not only releases the deck lid but also when the lid is lowered it is securely locked automatically. Cruise Control maintains a set speed reducing fatigue on long journeys. Exclusive Cadillac Guide-Matic headlamp control automatically dips the high beams upon the approach of on-coming vehicles; the high beams ‘blink-off’ a second time as a reminder to the on-coming vehicle to dip their high beams as well. The traditional Cadillac was a blank canvas to become as individual as one’s own fingerprints.

Model # 60-63J style # 6337J 1960 Cadillac Series 6300 Coupe deVille two-door hardtop was base priced at $5,252, has a base shipping weight of 4,705 pounds, and 21,585 were built. Coupe deVille for 1960 has the luxury length of 225”, rides a long 130” wheelbase, and is 79.9” wide. It is a very large front engine rear-wheel drive vehicle. Hagerty Insurance Agency of Traverse City, Michigan values the 1960 Coupe deVille as: $47,200 USD for Concours condition, $29,800 USD for excellent condition, $21,100 USD for good condition, and $13,300 USD for fair condition.

Engine and Chassis

1960 Cadillacs are powered as a true luxury leader should be. The Cadillac 6.4 litre 16-valve 390 CID V8 provides effortless, silky-smooth operation at all speeds. It’s built using a cast iron block and cylinder heads mounted at three points with Vulcanized rubber engine mounts. The engine is equipped with a Carter AFB 2814S 4-bbl downdraft carburetor with equalized manifolding, mechanical fuel pump, dry-pack air cleaner, intake silencer, automatic choke, and dual exhaust.

These cars may be driven using only two primary barrels of the four to aid fuel economy. The trick is not to press the accelerator too hard leaving traffic lights and stop signs…but you have to move quickly through to the third gear. Not saying jack-rabbit starts but you need to get from a standing start to third gear quickly. When the accelerator pedal is depressed quickly beyond 75% the secondary barrels open. (burp-n-slurp!)

Ahhh…a real Cadillac engine

Cadillac has built some really impressive V8 engines. The magnificent 390 CID V8 cranks 325 hp @ 4,800 rpm with 583 Nm of peak torque @ 3,100 rpm. It is capable of obtaining 14 mpg if properly maintained and driven with the primary barrels. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as: 0-60 mph in 10.6 seconds, 0-100 mpg in 29.2 seconds with a top speed in the 122-125 range. It can do the ¼ mile @ 83 mph in 17.7 seconds. This engine delivers more hp per pound of engine weight than any other luxury car in its class for 1960.

The engine is mated to the highly successful Cadillac Hydra-Matic transmission. It provides dual drive range operation. So, what’s dual range? The left-hand side DR (Drive Range) position allows four forward gear ratios automatically. The right-hand position DR is for city driving locking out fourth gear up to 75 mph providing instant acceleration without step-down. LO range is provided for deep sand or mud and steep grades.

Coupe deVille has a traditional build as body on frame construction. Cadillac’s rugged tubular X-frame yields lower body mounts equating to more interior room and improved overall appearance. The front suspension has upper and lower control arms with spherical joints and helical coil springs which is sturdier than contemporary build automobiles.

The rear suspension fine tunes the Cadillac Magic Carpet Ride further with 4-link drive and helical coil springs. The Hypoid type rear axle has an off-set differential housing to facilitate Cadillac’s straight-line-drive. Coupe deVille’s power brakes are drum type with self-adjusting shoes. The brakes calibrate themselves each time the car is driven in reverse and the brakes applied. The rear drums are finned to dissipate heat rapidly.

New for 1960 is an automatic vacuum release parking brake that doubles as a tandem auxiliary brake in an emergency. This system evolved into Cadillac’s “Triple Braking System” for the 1962 model year. A split hydraulic master cylinder has independent front and rear braking systems in case one set fails the other set will still maintain 100% braking ability.

This 1960 Cadillac Series 6300 Coupe deVille has a secret. It belonged at one time to a very special person. It was the personal car for Canadian-born Ann Rutherford Dozier (1917-2012). She had the role of Poly Benedict in the 1930s and 1940s in “The Andy Hardy” series. She also had the role of Scarlett O’Hara’s sister Carreen in “Gone with the Wind.” Her illustrious career spanned five decades. The car was sold by Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars.

Cadillac motorcars from this genre are unique luxury automobiles. They paved the way for contemporary auto manufacturers with innovation and engineering setting industry standards. The 1960 Edition of the “Standard of the World” is another jewel in the legend’s crown. It’s a fine automobile that not only delivered the epitome of luxury and opulence but high performance as well. Only sports cars from Coupe deVille’s day share prodigious power exceeding 300 hp making DeVille a unique expression of American luxury. It reinforced Cadillac’s omnipotence in the luxury marketplace.

The traditional Cadillac is second to none. Coupe deVille is a very eloquent example of the mission while retaining the poised dignity that is the hallmark of every traditional Cadillac. Today’s luxury cars are ephemeral. Their transitory and unsubstantial designs are blamed on aerodynamics to optimize fuel economy. Luxury automobiles such as the magnificent 1960 Series 6300 Coupe deVille have become cherished classics. The traditional Cadillac motorcar will always be showcased…in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”

1960 Cadillac Series 6200 convertible coupé 

1960 Cadillac Series 6200 two-door hardtop coupé 

1960 Cadillac Series 6400 Eldorado Biarritz convertible coupé 

1960 Cadillac Series 6300 Coupe deVille

…the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns”

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Paradise Lost: 1960 Cadillac Series 62 Flattop

Posted in "As the Standard of the World Turns", Cadillac, Cadillac Historical, Editorials, Luxury Sedans with tags , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

“As The Standard of the World Turns”

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By 1960, the automotive industry began to refine their offerings to shed the over-indulgent look from the 1950s. Tail fins, tons of chrome, and gaudy trim were sacked, creating a subtle, less flamboyant look. Cadillac trimmed the fins and removed a lot of its gaudiness for an elegant new appearance.

The hardtop sedan with its distinctive Vista Roof, aka Flattop, was the most popular body style for General Motors 1960 model year. Style code #6239 four-window four-door Series Sixty-Two hardtop sedan is a stunning example of Cadillac style. The 1960 Series Sixty-Two Flattop hardtop sedan presents an encore performance…in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”

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The four-window, four-door hardtop “Flattop” sedan was introduced for the 1959 model year and proved to be an instant success. The four-window “Vista Roof” out sold all sedan models. It was the panoramic wrap-around rear backglass with a flat roof extending slightly past the glass that created an entirely new version of an extremely popular body style. The car that started the pillar-less hardtop styling is the 1949 Series Sixty-Two Coupe deVille. This unique hardtop design started a cult following in the entire automotive industry. Cadillac introduced the first four-door hardtop sedan for the 1956 model year named “Sedan deVille.”

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There are no blind spots with the “Flattop”

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General Motors lead the industry with automotive excellence

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The 1960 model year was a dramatic step forward in contemporary motorcar design. The tallest rear tail fins in the industry were introduced for the 1959 model year by Cadillac. These iconic tail fins remain popular and are highly collectible. For the 1960 model year, Cadillac trimmed the excess and lowered its profile for a classic new look. Its restrained adornment made it even more elegant.

Cadillac’s new exterior design included a rear bumper with back-up lamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, and turn signals all together in vertical oval chrome housings. The red lens in the tapered new tail fins worked with the stop and turn signal lamps. Subtle refinement made the 1960 look radically different from the 1959 model. The emphasis was no longer on flamboyance…but elegance. Continuing as always, was Cadillac’s unique devotion to excellence.

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This is another fine classic automobile sold by Bob Adams Classic cars out in beautiful Arizona  in the United States of America. They are purveyors in the business with over 50 years experience. I have been a fan of theirs for many years! You GO Bobby Adams III!

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The 1960 Series Sixty-Two four-window hardtop sedan has a flowing, more contemporary silhouette for the day. The tailored fins and roofline were setting the stage for future aerodynamics. It is actually a bit lower than the previous model. This was the beginning of the finest expression of a new era in luxury motoring.

With body by Fisher and interior by Fleetwood, the 1960 Series Sixty-Two four-window hardtop sedan was immediately recognized as an achievement unparalleled in motoring history. Cadillac was “Standard of the World” in motoring majesty. Series Sixty-Two was the entry-level model to Cadillac motoring distinction. It was priced just below the DeVille series. Whatever model chosen, Cadillac provided a constant source of satisfaction and pleasure.

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Series Sixty-Two is a Cadillac in every respect. Its luxurious interior for the four-window hardtop sedan was available in two different fabrics with Florentine grained Elascofab bolsters. A folding center armrest was standard for the rear seat. Deep loop-pile carpet made of a rich nylon blend continues the luxurious Cadillac tradition of elegance. The Vista Roof treatment added a light airiness to the interior as well as increased rear visibility with no blind spots.

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The 1960 Cadillacs were built as body on frame construction. Rubber bushings cushioned all metal to metal contact. It used Cadillac’s rugged tubular “X” frame which provided increased torsional rigidity over conventional type frames. The front suspension used upper and lower control arms with spherical joints and independent helical coil springs. The rear suspension used the Cadillac four-link drive with high roll center to minimize outward lean during cornering.

It was fitted all the way around with Cadillac shock absorbers that maintained consistent ride quality regardless of road conditions. They had a gas-filled nylon envelope that replaced the conventional air space in the fluid reservoir. New lower control arms at the rear incorporated dual-leaf springs for improved quietness and impact softness.

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Cadillac power steering made maneuvering the finest luxury car in the world effortless. The lightest touch was required. It was designed with a flexible rubber coupling in the steering shaft which absorbs and cancels vibration, noise, or road impact before it reached the steering wheel. Steering symmetry was balanced to return the steering wheel back to straight-ahead position after turn.

Cadillac power brakes enable the driver to bring the car to a quick, fade-free, and safe stop with gentle pressure. New for the 1960 model year were self-adjusting brake shoes that adjusted themselves each time the car was driven in reverse with the brakes applied. They even compensated for lining wear.

New finned rear drums permitted more evenly balanced braking between front and rear brakes for increased stopping efficiency and less lining wear. The parking brake had an automatic vacuum release when the car was shifted to a drive gear; it could also be used as an emergency brake since it wouldn’t lock in gear with the engine running.

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Cadillac’s major objective was to design and build an engine that could move a big car through traffic with effortless ease and flexibility. Also, to carry it swiftly up steep inclines without hesitation, and perform effortlessly at turnpike speeds with no audible signs of its presence. A Cadillac engine was a masterpiece, the 1960 model year was the latest edition.

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The Cadillac 390 CID 16-valve V8 engine was equipped with a Carter 4-bbl downdraft carburetor with equalized manifold. A single 4-bbl carburetor worked as two sets of dual-barrel carburetors. The forward set with the smaller barrels did the work while at idle or normal cruising. The second set is the larger barrels; they are activated when the accelerator pedal is pressed further to permit increased power and acceleration. The engine used a mechanical fuel pump, intake silencer, automatic choke, and dry-type air cleaner.

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It has a cast iron block and cylinder heads. The crankshaft runs in five main bearings. The naturally aspirated 390 CID V8 produces 325 hp @ 4,800 rpm with 548 Nm of peak torque @ 3,000 rpm. The engine is mated to GM’s Hydra-Matic (Jetaway. Flashaway) 4-speed automatic transmission. Hydra-Matic Drive is the fully automatic step-gear type with controlled fluid coupling on the forward gear set for smoother shifting.

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The Cadillac Hydra-Matic transmission provided two drive ranges and a Lo range. The “DR” left-hand position is the drive range which provided four forward gears automatically selected for all normal driving requirements.

The right-hand “DR” position is the position preferred by many for city driving as it locked out fourth gear up to 75 mph and provided instant acceleration with “step-down.” The “Park” position held the car securely on the steepest grades. The left-hand “DR” drive range provided extra safety when passing another car on the highway or for acceleration out of an emergency traffic situation. It provided faster “step-down” acceleration by simply depressing the accelerator partially.

Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 11.5 seconds, 0-100 mph in 33.7 seconds, and 0-110 mph in 53.6 seconds. It could do the ¼ mile @ 80 mph in 18.4 seconds. The top speed without governor is 118 mph.

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The 1960 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two hardtop sedan is a large front-engine, rear-drive car. It rides upon a long 130” wheelbase, has the luxury length of 225”, and is 80” in width. It uses a Hypoid type rear axle with an off-set differential housing to accommodate straight-line drive. The sheer size and excellent weight distribution combined with a luxury tuned chassis created the famous Cadillac “Magic Carpet” ride.

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The “Standard of the World” for Nineteen Hundred and Sixty was a brilliant motorcar like no other. They were built with such pride and precision; therefore, there were no quality control defects requiring a massive re-call. The Series Sixty-Two was the entry-level Cadillac that didn’t stint on luxury. The four-window Flattop aka Vista Roof hardtop sedan was one of Cadillac’s most popular body styles.

Powered by the efficient 390 CID V8, smooth imperceptible overall operation was swift and rewarding. The interior by Fleetwood didn’t forget why people buy a Cadillac. The 1960 Series Sixty-Two four-window hardtop sedan is another jewel in the crown of the brand. This is another highly successful encore performance…in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”

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