Classic Car Profile – 1959 Cadillac Eldorado
The 1959 Eldorado was one of the best-selling Cadillacs ever produced. Although it was a sharp contrast to other years, this model still contained its famous tailfins and dual bullet tail lights in a more refined design. All 1959 Eldorado models were characterized by a three-deck jeweled rear grille insert. Other standard features included power brakes, automatic transmission, backup lights, power steering, power windows, heater, fog lamps, radio, air suspension and electronic door locks. Here is a closer look at the history of the vehicle and how it took the industry by storm.
GM was greatly influenced by the 1957 Chrysler line. Cadillac underwent a great style transformation because of this influence. The new design was exciting and different because it tried to match the newly reduced height of the Chrysler cars. Under the hood was a V8 engine that was capable of producing 345 horsepower. This is also the year that Cadillac outsourced their assembly to Italy.
Style of the Cadillac Eldorado
There were many different types of Eldorado models. However, the most memorable was the Eldorado Brougham. This was considered top of the line for Cadillac. It was quite rare, and only 99 were built for the 1959 line. The overall style was clean but larger and heavier than the other more common Eldorado models.
In 1959, Cadillac sold 142,272 Eldorado models. It was one of the best years for the model. This year brought new styling including the refined tailfins, distinctive rooflines, grille patterns and roof pillar configurations. All the style aspects reflected the excitement of the era. As people were celebrating rock ‘n’ roll and color television, the auto industry was enjoying a new awakening. The 1959 Eldorado had a great influence over the style and quality of today’s Cadillacs and will go down in history for its unique beauty.