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1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO Cadillac Index


1959
Cadillac Eldorado Model year 1959 brought another complete restyle for the entire Cadillac line and -- except for the Eldorado Brougham -- the wildest tailfins Detroit would ever produce. Cadillac historian Walter McCall described these appendages as "flamboyant," "ludicrous, " and "of questionable taste." Other critics have said harsher things, but the public seemed to go along with the excess. The economy had picked up somewhat and, as elsewhere in the industry, Cadillac sales improved a bit. Air suspension, pioneered by the Brougham two years earlier, was now standard for Biarritz and Seville. Though it offered a cloud-like ride and the convenience of automatic self-levelling in response to changes in load, the airbag setup was leak-prone and troublesome. Cadillac would abandon it after 1960 as Detroit's fascination with such gimmicks waned in proportion to a growing number of customer complaints.

1959
Cadillac Eldorado Eldorado horses again numbered 20 more than on other Cadillacs. Thanks to a longer 3.88-inch stroke and another compression tweak, the figure was now 345 for the newly enlarged 390-cid V-8, which would prove to be the all-time power peak for a rear-drive Eldo. Echoing 1954, the Biarritz and Seville lost much of their previous styling distinction this year. Their only differences from comparable Series 62s were a chrome swath along the upper rear fender contour and the Eldorado name in neat block letters along the lower edge of the front fenders. (The Brougham was another matter entirely. Now bearing coachwork built and styled by Pinin Farina of Italy, it was far different in character than the 1957-58 design and actually predicted a number of styling features that would be adopted for the regular 1961-62 production models.)

1959
Cadillac Eldorado 1959
Cadillac Eldorado

SUB-SERIES 6400/6900 ELDORADO/BROUGHAM
As if to cause confusion, the 6400 Eldorado sub-series included two 6400 models: the Seville and Biarritz, and one 6900 model, the Brougham. (Whoever said automakers are logical?) All were characterized by a three-deck jeweled rear grille insert, but other trim and equipment features varied. The Seville and Biarritz had the Eldorado model name spelled out behind the front wheel opening and featured broad, full-length body sill moldings which curved over the rear fender profile and back along the upper beltline region. Standard equipment included all items found on DeVilles plus heater; fog lamps; 345 horsepower V-8; remote control deck lid; radio with antenna and rear speaker; power vent windows; Six-Way power seat; air suspension; electric door locks and license frames. The Brougham was now incorporated into the line as an Italian-bodied, limited production car. A vertical crest medallion with Brougham script plate appeared on the front fenders and a single, thin molding ran from front to rear along the mid sides of the body. Styling on this car was not as radical as in the past and predicted the 1960 themes used on other Cadillacs. The standard equipment list was pared down to match those of other Eldorados plus Cruise Control, Autronic Eye, air conditioning, and E-Z-Eye glass.

Model NumberBody StyleDoorsModelSeatingFactory PriceShipping WeightProduction Total
ELDORADO
59-646437H-Seville Hardtop
1959 Cadillac
674014855975
59-646467E-Biarritz Convertible
1959 Cadillac
6740150601,320
59-696929P-Brougham Hardtop
1959 Cadillac
613075-99
ELDORADO ENGINE



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Cadillac Eldorado 1959
Cadillac Eldorado

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