I visited Crest Cadillac to look at a 1951 Cadillac Fleetwood today. Like visiting an aging Film Star, this Cadillac frankly still has it going on.
The power plant is the famous Cadillac 331 cubic inch OHV V8. This engine first arrived in 1949 and was a breakthrough engine for its time. In 1951 trim it produced160 hp gross, and perhaps 133 hp net. The Fleetwood could go over 100 mph new.
This example appears to be a Series 60 Special Fleetwood. The body tag matches and it has the 8 vertical chrome louvers ahead of the rear wheels that mark the Sixty Special Fleetwood. Compared to the Series 61, the Series 60 Special Fleetwood had a 4″ longer wheelbase, at 130 inches, and looked longer and lower. The body of this Cadillac was made by Fleetwood the coach builder.
It is hard to describe in pictures, but the body of this Cadillac is truly enchanting. It suggests luxury, opulence, the urgency of the jet age and restrained power all at once.
Air conditioning was still an add-on at this point of automobile development, not yet integrated into the dash. That’s a “Fleetwood” script emblem on the dash above the AM radio. That emblem served as a constant reminder to the lucky Owner that he or she was piloting one of the finest automobiles available.
It is frustrating to capture styling details alone and not have a way to suggest the majesty and art of the sum of the parts. This Cadillac has very consistent themes, and I felt a great community with those owners in 1951 when they set eyes on this car on Cadillac showrooms and got out their checkbooks.
This Cadillac is for sale. For information about this car please contact Crest Cadillac of Plano, Texas. They are located at 2701 North Central Expressway, Plano, Texas. You can contact them by phone Toll-free at 1-866-697-9144 or locally at (972)578-7511, or on Twitter or Facebook
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