The Cadillac division of General Motors first introduced the Coupe De Ville line in 1949 at the Autorama. In the years that followed, the classic car line would become an iconic car of the 1950s and 1960s. The 1959 model year saw power steering and brakes, which came standard, and a redesign to make the model even more distinct from its competitors. It was easy to spot a Coupe De Ville on a crowded street by the unique look of the rear end of the car. Headlights which protruded off of the back fender flares distinguished this model from others.
Music legend Elvis once purchased a 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, though according to Elvis’s Cadillacs, he probably didn’t drive it. Rather, he likely gave this car as a gift, which was something of a habit for him.
The 1959 Coupe De Ville featured a 390 cubic inch V8 engine which produced 325 horsepower at 4800 rpm. Its elongated body measured in at 225 inches, and it had a 101.6 inch wheelbase. Only one body style was available, a 2-door hardtop. With a three speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, this model could cruise down the street, though its fuel economy took a hit for the power the engine provided.
Today, the 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville is easy to spot at classic car cruises around the United States, and certainly it will be in the years that come. Nearly 22,000 coupes were produced for the 1959 model year, and the model became a Series 63. The line came to an end following the 1993 model year after falling sales made it difficult for Cadillac to justify the model as worthwhile for production.