Feature Vehicle of the Month
1959 Cadillac Coupe deVille 2 door
Owners: Larry and Darrel Cole
Florida Region members
The Cole’s bought this car in 2011 from a car collector in the Tarpon Springs area (near Tampa) in its present condition. The Cole’s have replated some chrome pieces but otherwise the car is unrestored. The rear tail fins are the tallest that Cadillac ever made. The tops of the fins stand 44 inches off the ground! The twin bullet rear stop lights were inspired by jet fighters from the 1950’s. The base price for this Series 63 Cadillac was $4,810 in 1959.
The 390 cubic inch (6.4 liter) V–8 engine with a four barrel Carter carburetor was rated at 328 horsepower @ 4,800 rpms and torque of 430 @ 3,100 rpms. The engine features a new model air conditioning compressor as the only upgrade to the 1959 engine bay.
Interior features include power steering, power windows, power locks, power brakes and power seats. The Hydra Matic 4 speed automatic transmission is shifted on the steering column. The interior bench seat has white leather trim with dark gray fabric with silver metallic threads. Outside visibility is excellent in this car.
The car rides on modern P235/75R–15 radial tires with 1959 El Dorado hub caps. The entire car was repainted this year in Cadillac white with a gray silver metallic color on the roof section.
The Cole’s drive this car to local car events. With a wheelbase of 130 inches, a weight of 4,720 pounds and a length of 225 inches this car rides very smoothly.
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
September 8, 2014 (Monday)