The 1962 Coupe de Ville can bring out the Don Draper in you
On March 25, the cast of "Mad Men" was back in full force on AMC, returning for another season full of complex characters, expertly crafted sets and plot lines packed with mystery and intrigue. And while the show routinely delves into all of the complexities of the '60s, including alcoholism, homophobia, adultery and sexism, it also succeeds at being a moving love letter to certain aspects of the past.
For example, in Season 2, Don Draper famously purchased a 1962 Cadillac Coupe de Ville with a cool blue paint job. And while the purchase was meant to symbolize Draper's own internal struggle with his current self and the person he wanted to be, it wasn't hard to see why these Cadillacs were the epitome of vintage class in their heydey, the toast of bosses and country club members around the country.
After all, the proof lies in the fact that the second-generation de Villes didn't change much during the early part of the decade. Following a brief love affair with outrageous tail fins at the turn of the decade, the models were restyled, albeit only slightly for a more refined look. And why fix what isn't broken?
In 1962 for example, while other car makers were ripping up the books to capture Cadillac's demographic, the major changes engineers made to this model were making heaters and defrosters available as a standard option and letting buyers choose if they wanted bucket seats and air conditioning.
At this point, the '62 version was already maxed out on luxury, with power steering for "easier parking, cornering and nearly effortless highway travel," hydra-matic drive for controlling the fluid coupling on the forward gear set, cornering lights and host of other features. (Click here for the full brochure).
And while "Mad Men" may be fictional, the way it paints the elegance of these models is anything but, even if car fans still debate what car Draper should drive.