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Cadillac was the first to use the tailfin on their vehicle in 1948. A Harley Earl design feature that drew its inspiration from American space travel and rockets, the fins seemed to grow with each model year. In a cost saving move, GM dictated that all C-body cars in 1959 would use the standard Buick front doors. The ’59 Cadillac was the pinnacle of excess with tailfins that rose a full 42 inches off the ground, rocket flare tail lights, quad headlights, massive chrome bumpers, and a body length of over 20 feet. The fins were accentuated by a lower profile, a full three inches lower than the ’58 Cadillac’s already low profile. Not a bad design for being built around the basic Buick front door.
The Series 62 came standard with power brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, central locking, and tinted glass. Some of the options available were headlight dimmers (autronic eye) electrically operated windows, seat adjust and trunk.
The ’59 Cadillac was powered by a 390 cid cast iron engine that produced 325 horsepower. There were 21,947 of these hardtop coupes produced in 1959 at $4,892.
- Cadillac was the first auto manufacturer to use tailfins
- Rear tailfins rose a full 42 inches off the ground, the largest of all GM fins
- Car was built around the basic Buick front door
- 21,947 of these hardtop coupes were built in 1959 at a cost of $4,892