1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914

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Lot 362
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Registration no. MSU 570 Chassis no. 59J017914

Sold for £ 39,375 (US$ 54,828) inc. premium
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Registration no. MSU 570
Chassis no. 59J017914
Odometer reading: 61,697
MoT expiry date: exempt

*From the zenith of Cadillac's 'tail fins' period
*Imported from Arizona in 1989
*Present ownership since 1991
*Completely restored in 1991/1992


Nothing has stunned the automotive world more than Cadillac's 1959 range. Quite apart from its outlandish styling, as controversial today as it was back then, the '59 line-up marked the introduction of a new 390ci (6.4-litre) 325bhp V8 engine. Now widely recognised as one of Cadillac's best, this new engine was almost completely overshadowed by the coachwork it propelled; with their pillar-less profile, huge tail fins, glitzy chrome, colour-matched interiors, and 'jukebox' dashboards, the '59 Cadillacs are peerless icons of a bygone age and among the most highly prized of all post-war American automobiles.
Boasting Leviathan dimensions of 18' 6" (length) by 6' 7" (width), this magnificent Cadillac Deville was imported from Arizona in 1989 and has belonged to the vendor since September 1991. Reportedly, the Cadillac was rust-free when imported and has never required any welding. The car was completely restored in 1992/1992 and the original engine and gearbox rebuilt. It has been kept garaged at all times but not used for the last 3-4 years because of the owner's failing health.
Typically well specified, this Deville was delivered with all optional extras: power steering; power brakes; air conditioning; electric seats; electric windows; electric quarter-lights; Autronic Eye (automatic headlight dipping); electric self opening/closing boot lid; electric radio antenna; self seeking (valve) radio; and spotlights in the front bumper.

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Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 78/100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 21/25
    Body Work: 4
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 5
    Glass: 4
    Paint: 4
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 18/20
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
    Headlining: 5
    Seats: 4
    Trim: 5

    ENGINE TOTAL: 16/20
    Mechanical components: 4
    Running: 4
    Starting: 4
    Under Bonnet: 4

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 14/20
    Axles: 4
    Brakes: 2
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Suspension: 4

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 8/10
    Ancillary components: 4
    Main components: 4

    Car History File: 1/5

Saleroom notices

  • Please note correct registration number is: VSU 542
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1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 59J017914
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