Large Cadillacs have always had a touch of flare, but for the 1965 model year General Motors toned things down a little, moving away from the fins-and-chrome excesses that defined its cars of the late 1950s and early 1960s towards a more sober, less brash but no less imposing style.
The 1965 cars retained the vast bulk of their predecessors, but the fins were less bold and the front-end styling moved more in-line with other GM cars of the era, with peaked bonnets and vertically stacked headlights.
At the top of the GM line-up was the Cadillac ‘Series 60’ luxury Sedan, known as either the Fleetwood 60 or the more luxurious Fleetwood Brougham. This one’s a Brougham, notable for its leather interior and wood-effect detailing, along with features that European manufacturers were way behind the curve with – electric windows, power steering, air conditioning, cruise control. Things you wouldn’t normally expect on a car fast-approaching its 70th birthday.
This one’s a remarkable car. It was supplied new to a Citroën dealer in Paris, France, who had a passion of his own for American cars. It was owned by him for over 50 years, before passing to his family after his death. It was from the family that the vendor acquired the car, making him only the second registered keeper. It’s presented in completely original and unrestored condition.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
Supplied new in 1965 to a Citroën main agent in Paris
Ordered from Cadillac main agent in Manhattan, New York, and shipped to France upon delivery
Kept as part of a private collection of American cars for 50 years
Old-fashioned French registration document
Current French registration document in name of vendor
Recently recommissioned, serviced and prepared for sale
Numerous invoices and receipts
French Contrôle Technique (roadworthiness certificate) valid until May 2024
Original Cadillac Protect-a-Plate with owner’s manual
Completely original condition
Rich red leather
Wood-effect dash details
Lovely order with extremely gentle patina – some creases and minor wear to seats
Superb door cards
Very good luggage area with all original tools
Metallic grey with black roof
Lovely original condition
One very small dent in bonnet
Tiny mark on driver’s door
Very light bubbles in some areas of paint
All original trim
the missing letters will be replaced for the sale
7.0-litre (455ci) GM ‘Big Block’ OHV V8
Three-speed Hydramatic auto transmission with column change
Servo-assisted brakes and power-assisted steering
Recent service and recommissioning work
Reported by vendor to drive very well
Finger-light power steering and effortless braking
While an undoubtable part of this car’s appeal will lie in its condition and presence, for it’s a wonderful thing in its own right, the story that goes with it adds further to its desirability. Having been owned and cherished (and used only lightly) by one owner for over 50 years, it has survived in remarkable condition and comes with a history of its own that adds further to its desirability. It’s a terrific thing that deserves to be loved and cherished indefinitely, wherever in the world its next owner may be.
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1965 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham (Series 60)
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