1959 marked the pinnacle for ‘50s styling in the Cadillac line of vehicles. The 1959 Cadillac models were showy and built upon the tailfin designs of the previous few years. In the mid to late ‘50s, Cadillac truly began to earn its reputation as an icon of American driving. During this time, Cadillac models got styling updates that made them curvy and exciting and included more trim than anyone could have imagined. They were not the cheapest car in the GM lineup, nor were they on the small end either. These 1950s Cadillacs were the epitome of American post-war design and spirit.
All that culminated in the 1959 Cadillac models. These were the peak of flamboyant, ‘50s, Cadillac style. The restyling for the model year included even more curves. The windshields were huge and curved at the top. The rooflines were thinner, as were the roof pillars. The tailfins reached epic proportions and the bullet-style head and tail lamps rounded out the classic design of the 1959 Cadillac.
In addition to the design changes on the exteriors of the 1959 Cadillac models, the engineering received all-around upgrades. Most of the ’59 models had improved suspension and power steering. They also included newer V8 engines with increased horsepower. The Eldorado could get all the way up to 345, while the rest of the models were closer to an output of 325.
Changes for model lines for 1959 Cadillacs included the introduction of the De Ville as its own series. It came in a choice of styles including hardtop coupes and sedans. For the Series 62, Cadillac brought out a new convertible. GM manufactured just 99 of the top-of-the-line Eldorado Brougham with its incredible tailfins and high roller pricing.
The 1959 Cadillac models marked both the peak and the beginning of the end of an era of outlandish style. The over-the-top tailfins and bullet lamps are symbols of a bygone era, but ones that instantly evoke a sense of the 1950s in America. Today, any 1959 Cadillac is a true collector’s edition and a piece of American history.