by Stephen Pellegrino
I love this picture! The only way it could be better is if the little roadster with the shark teeth had been one of the early Datsuns.
The other funny thing is that I could convince myself of the wisdom of owning either of these cars – if not both at the same time. I usually don’t like 59 Cadillacs, but the black paint does a lot for this one. And who doesn’t love a scrappy little British roadster?
Agree on the dark paint, and it might be because of how it highlights the quarter panel chrome trim that I don’t think I’ve noticed before. Was that an option or is that a top-trim model?
I believe that particular trim signifies the Eldorado Biarritz model, as opposed to regular Series 62 convertible.
It’s impossible to look past the monster fins on the Caddy, but try to and you’ll find the rest of the car is an incredibly clean, lithe shape for a late-’50s Detroiter. Recall what the 1958 GM cars looked like…
I hope these have the same owner…
What if…someone took off the fins? Made a curving panel for the under quarter panel and merged a flat-ish top with the trunk? (my best effort with Win10 Paint)
Nice, though I think it probably needs a slight fin due to the downward slope of beltline and decklid, but a subtle one.
Looks like a way bigger Bullet Bird.
I’ve wondered the same about an absence of fins.
It pre-dates the sloped tail of the ’73 Lemans.
The ’60 version brought down the fin just enough.
Great comparison. I would take the Eldorado Biarritz any day. Thanks for the fun picture.
I think that the 1960 face lift cleaned up the design tremendously. This was the right car to end the decade on. As a high school freshman I lusted after a black convertible that was frequently parked in front of a tavern on my school bus route. I had a ’64 convert and while they seem huge today, they were just a bit bigger than standard American cars. Believe it or not, they were not particularly hard to drive. My current dream is a ’63 Coupe de Ville but my Wife does not share my enthusiasm!
I’ll take either one… or both! Such a posterity of our history. These were like 6-7 year old cars by the time I started noticing car lines. I still like the Big 61 Buick convertible. Sorry. It’s a disease lol.
Those darn Yorkshire Terriers are always nipping around near the ankles…Great picture!
Kind of like this…
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