• Concours level restoration
• Nicely optioned Cadillac
• Lovely two-tone interior
• Tastefully upgraded with air-conditioning and power steering
The Model is a Series 60 S Special Fleetwood
331 cid OHV V-8 rated at 160 HP, GM Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, independent front coil spring and semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 133"
The year 1949 was a milestone in the history of the U.S. auto industry. When the war ended, there was an all-out frenzy to change the production lines over from war munitions to civilian car construction. It was a seller’s market, and many dealers insisted on loading up their cars with every conceivable option, as there was no shortage of people waiting to buy. For a brief time, style took a back seat to function as Detroit was able to sell anything regardless of how outdated it looked. This meant that most U.S. auto makers simply dusted off the old dies and started punching out cars. Even the little economic Crosley experienced sales like no other time in its history. In time, all good things had to end and as the market began to saturate, a new look was called in order. The large and protruding pontoon fenders and running boards were giving way to a more slab-sided style that was more aerodynamic, smoother, and also offered a wider cabin. As one of America’s leading car builders, Cadillac was thinking ahead and introduced a whole new design for 1948. Bumpers were massive, an egg crate grille was dazzling, and a small appendage on the rear quarter gave a slight hint of the future. Little was needed in the way of style for Cadillac’s 1949 line-up, and the major emphasis was on engineering. Indeed, Cadillac had a brand new overhead valve V-8 engine for its 1949 cars. Clearly, Cadillac was on top of its game and all of their cars had both style and power.
Offered here is an outstanding example of Cadillac’s work in the way of this 1949 Fleetwood Four-Door Sedan. This Fleetwood underwent a full and complete restoration that returned it to like-new condition and today looks like it did on the day it was built. The first thing one notices upon approaching this magnificent car is the deep and intense color of Madeira Maroon Metallic, a factory color for 1949. This is a color that brings out the very best in the Fleetwood’s finely sculptured body. Cadillac’s front bumper was massive for 1949 and nicely complements the Cadillac crest that is mounted directly on the front of the hood. As if this piece of jewelry wasn’t enough, a large winged Art Deco inspired goddess hood ornament rides atop pointing the way. This Fleetwood rides on period-correct wide whitewall tires and is also fitted with the factory “Sombrero” hubcaps. The sweeping rear quarters give just a hint at the rear that a massive fin war was about to get underway but, for 1949, they were just a small and tasteful styling exercise. The interior of this Fleetwood is finished in a lovely maroon leather and tan Bedford Cord cloth making for a most impressive appearance. Cruising is comfortable with power windows, power seats, and an aftermarket air-conditioning unit is neatly mounted in the trunk. This Fleetwood was also restored with new glass for a superb look. Under the hood is Cadillac’s all-new for 1949 160 horsepower V-8. The concours restoration standards of the Cadillac carry over into the engine compartment with all plumbing and wiring properly sorted and correct colors on all surfaces. The Fleetwood is also fitted with aftermarket power steering making its 4,129 lb weight easy to handle.
The Cadillac name has always represented a hallmark in the American luxury car. Many decades of fine engineering, excellent styling, and maintaining an image of unsurpassed luxury have enabled Cadillac to stay on top. This Fleetwood sedan is a car that carries itself with the elegance, pride, and dignity that defines the Cadillac name. For comfortable touring in a car that’s both luxurious and dependable, this Cadillac is ready for touring of any distance with ease.
1949 Cadillac Series 60 S Special Fleetwood Sedan