Imported from USA in 1994 and treasured by three owners since
Absolutely sensational presence and appearance
Introduced in 1959 for the 1960 Model Year, the Cadillac Series 62 Vista Roof Sedan de Ville, or Flat Top as it is more commonly known, was a styling sensation.
Building on the new-for-1959 Series 62’s wide and chiselled looks, the four-door pillarless sedan was launched at the end of 1959 and featured an unusual – and stunning – ‘floating’ roof design with wrapround front and rear screens and half-height door pillars, giving it the appearance of a pillarless large coupe with all windows retracted.
It’s a marvel of styling and over-engineering, with giant fins, huge bulk and a plethora of charming details that define the era of US fins’n’chrome excess. A car with presence like no other, and neat styling details in every corner and crevice. Cars simply couldn’t be designed like this these days, but in the glory days of America’s booming motor industry, anything went.
Today, the Flat Top is one of the most sought-after Series 62s, cherished for its incredible looks and space-age features. It’s rare even in the USA, let alone the UK, where this example has lived since 1994. It’s a wonderful thing, in terrific condition and finished in Vegas Turquoise – an incredible colour!
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
Supplied new in Texas in 1960
Owned in Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma before being imported in 1994
Original import documents
Original steel wheels and hubcaps included in sale
All old MOTs back to 1994
Tax and MOT exempt
Maintenance and service invoices from past three UK owners, all in Norfolk
Georgia registration plate in history file
Cadillac poster book
Some old service and parts invoices from USA
Turquoise cloth and leatherette trim
Stunning chrome details
Electric windows and power steering
drivers side of the front seat has slight wear
While it’s the outside that instantly grabs you, the interior of the Series 62 is no less captivating, with its bold turquoise colour scheme and ornate chrome details, including a cigarette lighter for each passenger (imagine that today?) and its original integrated valve radio. This no longer works, so a modern USB/Aux head unit is concealed beneath the dash.
The dials and controls are all beautifully detailed, with plenty of decorative chrome and flamboyant styling features, from the strip speedometer to the stubby windows and electric window controls, all four of which still work perfectly. Plus, the two bench seats give plenty of room for six – it’s a wide car, so you won’t even be rubbing shoulders.
Rare Vegas Turquoise
Kelsey Hayes period accessory wire wheels
Stunning overall condition
Amazing chrome and detailing
First things first – this car will not fit in a standard garage so please don’t expect to put it away at night in the parking area of a cosy semi-detached. Indeed, there are houses in some parts of the country that are smaller than this car – it’s utterly vast, and its road presence is like nothing else.
The huge exterior isn’t just for the sake of it, though, as it allows for a number of flamboyant styling features, from the giant rear fins to the enormous bumpers, the rears looking like gun muzzles and the front grille decorated with billeted aluminium bullets. It’s America at its extrovert best – everywhere you look, there’s a swoop or swage line, a chrome detail, a tiny flash of styling flair. You can spend a day looking at this car and still not see the minutiae of all its details. It’s an incredible thing.
It's in lovely condition, too. The only corrosion we could find was some tiny bubbling beneath the driver’s side rear door, and some equally tiny bits in the rear escutcheons where the back window meets the enormous fins. It appears solid underneath, too.
It sits on Kelsey Hayes wire wheels – a popular 1960s US aftermarket option – but the original steels and brushed chrome hubcaps are included should you wish to put it back on them. Simply a matter of personal taste.
6.8-litre GM ‘Big Block’ V8
Three-speed column change auto
Runs and drives well with no known issues
The carburettor needs some fine tuning as it has not been run much lately
In most cars with a 6.8-litre V8, there’s barely room to swing a cat in the engine bay, but in this one you could swing a whole litter of them. Despite using GM’s venerable Big Block V8, the Series 62 is huge enough to accommodate the unstressed power unit with space to spare – there’s a whole foot of space between the front bumper and the slam panel, before you even get to the engine.
The unit itself starts on the button and idles smoothly, the vendor reporting that both engine and transmission work without fault. It certainly sounded happy when we went to photograph it, with a smooth idle and muffled V8 burble. Plus, everything you need to fix it is still available off-the-shelf. You can’t say that for many 1960 cars, but the GM V8 has enjoyed a 70-year production run and is still going strong.
Wow – just wow. This car is nothing short of incredible, from its imposing presence to its over-the-top styling, amazing features and overall wonderful condition. Admittedly, it won’t be the easiest car to store or the cheapest to own and run, but it’s an absolute marvel of styling and over-engineering, which looks like nothing else on the road. It’s a fantastic slice of Americana that deserves an appreciative new home. It’s a wonderful thing.
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1960 Cadillac Series 62 Flat Top
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