Cadillac Sixty Special Accessories

Cadillac Sixty Special Survey

The Sixty Special name has been used at Cadillac to denote a special model since the 1938 Bill Mitchell-designed Series 60 derivative. Although the 1938 model began in Cadillac's lowest price range, soon the Sixty Special name would be synonymous for some of Cadillac's most luxurious vehicles. In 1959, the memorable "zap!" fins appeared on nearly all Cadillacs this year, including the Sixty Special. Now riding a three-inch (76 mm) shorter wheelbase (130"), the 225" long Sixty Special continued as a pillar-less hardtop with its own distinct moldings - including a side-mounted dummy air-scoop on the rear fender, and a thin chrome running boards available at that ran from the front fender back to the rear bumper, and then forward again to the front wheel well.

The fin-mounted tail lights pods (which were body-colored on lesser Cadillacs) were chromed. The 390 cu in (6.4 L) engine provided 325 horsepower (242 kW). Air suspension, utilizing freon-filled shock absorbers, was optional on Sixty Special. 1963 had all-new styling (on the same 129.5" wheelbase), and a brand new 325 hp (242 kW) powerplant. Sixty-Special shared its (lack of) body-side trim with Eldorado - appearing very clean and formal when compared to the standard Cadillac models. Price was down to $6,300, and sales were up slightly 14,000. While the small decorative louvers continued on the C-pillar, a new Cadillac "wreath and crest" ornament was on the rear fender. The front fender-mounted cloisonne "Sixty Special" emblem (which appeared for 1960) was gone.

Cadillac Sixty Special WheelsThe formerly standard vinyl top had now become a $125 option on Sixty-Special. Other than a slightly revamped grille and rear bumper, 1964 saw few changes - including the Cadillac wreath and crest ornament moving from the rear fender of the '63 model to take the place of the C-pillar mounted louvers for '64. The '64 Sixty Special now had nearly no side trim, except for a wide rocker-sill molding which ran from the rear-edge of the front fender wheel well to the rear of the car. Cost was back up the '62 price of $6,366, and sales were up to 14,500 units. 1965 featured all new styling, and a longer 133" wheelbase. The Fleetwood Sixty Special was now back to being a pillared sedan, and also new for '65 was the available "Brougham" package, which added $194 to Sixty Special's base price of $6,479.

Included in the package was a padded grained-vinyl roof car cover with "Brougham" nomenclature on the C-pillar. 18,100 Sixty-Specials were built for 1965. 1968 featured mostly carry-over styling from 1967, but the hood was longer this year, as it extended all the way to the base of the windshield to cover the "hidden" windshield wipers. Also new for '68 was a stylish beveled deck lid. The $6,867 vinyl-roofed Fleetwood Brougham sold 15,300 models this year, while the standard Sixty-Special with its painted metal roof (priced at $6,552) sold just 3,300 cars. Most Cadillac buyers clearly considered the $315 price difference worthwhile. For 1971, the line-up was trimmed down to just one Sixty-Special model, the Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham.

Cadillac Sixty Special ChromeIt still rode on an exclusive 133 in (3,400 mm) wheelbase, but with all-new sheet metal and a distinctive roof design. The formal new roof was clearly reminiscent of Bill Mitchell's original 1938 Sixty Special, with individually-framed, rounded-corner side glass (outlined by a thin chrome bead). Also new on the vinyl top were C-pillar mounted opera lamps and a thick B-pillar - all of which heightened the limousine effect. To complete the "custom-body" look, the front and rear side doors had a narrow body filler panel between them. Despite the formal new look and higher levels of luxury, sales dropped slightly from last year, down to 15,200 units. 1972 was Cadillac's 70th anniversary, and the last year for Sixty-Special.

One of the few changes on the '72 was the addition of a chrome molding around the rear window. Sales were a robust 20,750 units at a base price of $7,585. The '72 Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham weighed in at an impressive 4,858 pounds. Standard equipment included rear-seat reading lamps, automatic level control, and dual-comfort front seats. A wide range of upholstery was available in nine colors of "Sierra" grain leather, four colors of "Matador" cloth, a combination of "Matador" cloth and leather, a "Minuet" fabric in three colors, or a plush "Medici" crushed velour. Although the car (and its distinctive roof style) remained in similar form through 1976, the Sixty Special name was retired and the 1973 model would simply be named "Fleetwood Brougham".