There's an upper echelon of early post-war classics, and this 1947 Cadillac Series 60 Special Fleetwood is right there on top. More expensive than the standard Cadillac, these were a rare treat with only 8,500 produced. And while it's already rare to find one 75 years later, this Special is extra special. It has been upgraded to be an impressive modern cruiser with an updated V8, custom leather interior, cold-blowing, A/C, an overdrive transmission, and more.
If you know Cadillacs, then you know how special it is to have a Fleetwood body from this era. Special door line profile, window moldings, and trim transformed the standard Series 62 body into something truly special... and noticeably more expensive than the standard Caddy. Today that affluence is still presented quite nicely with amazing and complete brightwork. The massive grille makes a bold statement as it follows the contours created by the tall hood and long fenders. The wraparound bumpers shine to a level that makes sure this sedan leaves a lasting impression. And the details are even nice with whitewall tires, rear fender skirts, and taillight housings that hint at the tailfin era that was right around the bend. The beige and maroon two-tone is a more modern clearcoat application, but it's less about the modern style and more about how people will probably just notice the nice shine to a classic color combo. Still, there are also subtle hints at the upgrades within. The crystal-clear headlights, slightly lowered stance, and polished dual exhaust tips tell you this is more than just a time capsule.
The interior instantly reminds you of proper Cadillac luxury, but in this case, it fast forwards to decades further into the future. After all, they didn't give you plush bucket seats and wide headrests in the 1940s. These supple leather front seats are not only power-adjustable but also heated! These Cadillacs have an amazing amount of space in the rear, and it only gets better with the upgraded seats and leather. Plus, details like the way the exterior beige and maroon color theme is continued on the custom door panels and dash to make sure this Fleetwood continues to have the feeling of thoughtful luxury. And it's a terrific modern cruiser with upgrades like the AM/FM/CD stereo, custom integrated center console, and cold-blowing air conditioning. And the Lecarra steering wheel is on a tilt column to give you a good view of the classic-style VDO readouts.
Caddys of this era were known for V8 power, but you'll especially appreciate what's now under the hood. It's a 350 cubic-inch small block V8 with later-model center-bolt covers. These are legendary hardy powerhouses, and it warms up to deliver the right torque to keep this Caddy moving swiftly. It inhales deeply with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, and it exhales into shorty headers feeding a glasspack-style dual exhaust. This one was built to be a true cruiser, and so you have some terrific upgrades that go towards the heart of this. The four-speed automatic transmission means you now have highway-ready overdrive, and the aluminum radiator with electric fan helps keep it all running cool even when you're in traffic with the A/C pumping. There are also power steering power brakes, front discs, and modern tires disguised as those classic whitewalls.
This is a rare Caddy that's made truly unique with all its added investment in comfort. So if you love a true classic that's a comfortable cruiser, call today!
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