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Car Tales: Standard Of The World, 1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe

The Caddy! The quintessential American luxury car! 
Hardly surprisingly: apart from a series of the most consistently beautiful cars to emerge from United States automobile manufacturers, the Cadillac has such a historical legacy, with roots in the nobility of America.
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe for sale
You can see that instantly in the 1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe we have at Beverly Hills Car Club, finished in red with a white top complemented with a color-matched interior. Note: this car is ‘Sale Pending’ as of the time of publication so be sure to check our current Cadillac inventory page and sign up for new inventory email alerts!

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The body by Fisher is a testament to the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into creating this classic car. This California car is equipped with an automatic transmission with steering column control, V8 engine, 4-barrel carburetor, power steering, dual-exhaust outlet, rear fender skirts, iconic tail fins, stacked taillights, chrome trim, white-line tires, and Cadillac branded hub caps.
And let’s not forget the full-size spare tire tucked away in the trunk, ensuring peace of mind on any journey. Step inside and experience the luxurious comfort that this Cadillac has to offer. Convenience features abound, including power windows that effortlessly glide up and down, granting you complete control over your environment.
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe side view
The power-adjustable front bench allows for personalized comfort, ensuring a pleasurable driving experience every time. Dual-side rear view mirrors provide excellent visibility, while the push-button radio allows you to enjoy your favorite tunes on the go.
But what is the derivation of that utterly distinctive Cadillac name?
Well, the brand name had its roots in that of the French explorer Le Sieur Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who in 1701 had founded Detroit, initially as a frontier outpost and fort. The Frenchman’s heraldry, his family crest, was chosen as the car’s logo by one Henry M Leland.
In fact, the Cadillac car company as we know it was formed from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company, which ran from 1901 to 1902. After a dispute between Ford and his investors, Ford left the business along with several of his key partners in March 1902.
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe rear view
Accordingly Ford’s financial backers, William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen, called in engineer Henry M Leland of Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Company to appraise the plant and equipment in preparation for liquidating the company’s assets. Instead, Leland, working with his partner Robert Faulconer, persuaded the pair to continue manufacturing automobiles using Leland’s proven single-cylinder engine. And so the Cadillac Automobile Company was established on August 22, 1902, taking over the Henry Ford Company factory at Cass Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Detroit.
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe interior
Cadillac, whose early vehicles were identical in design to those of Ford’s later Ford Motor Company except for the engine, would develop a reputation for precision engineering. Henry Ford, of course, would go on to other large matters.
By the time General Motors purchased the company in 1909, Cadillac had already established itself as one of America’s premier luxury car makers. The complete interchangeability of its precision parts had allowed it to lay the foundation for the modern mass production of automobiles. It was at the forefront of technological advances, introducing full electrical systems, the clashless manual transmission and the steel roof.
The brand developed three engines, with its V8 setting the standard for the American automotive industry. Cadillac had the first U.S. car to win the Royal Automobile Club of the United Kingdom’s Dewar Trophy by successfully demonstrating the interchangeability of its component parts during a reliability test in 1908; this spawned the firm’s slogan ‘Standard of the World.’ It won the trophy again in 1912 for incorporating electric starting and lighting in a production automobile.
In 1926, Cadillac recruited automobile stylist Harley Earl in a one-time consulting capacity, but his employment lasted considerably longer: by 1928, Earl was the head of the new Art and Color division and he would ultimately work for GM until he retired, over 30 years later. The first car he designed was the LaSalle, a new, smaller ‘companion marque’ car, named after another French explorer and founder of Detroit, René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. That marque remained in production until 1940.
Harley Earl is remembered as the first styling chief in the United States automobile industry.
He was the originator of clay modeling of automotive designs, the wraparound windshield, the hardtop sedan, factory two-tone paint, and tail fins!
1960 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe engine
He said in 1954, ‘My primary purpose for twenty-eight years has been to lengthen and lower the American automobile, at times in reality and always at least in appearance.’ The extremely low and long American cars of the 1960s and 1970s show the extent to which Earl influenced an entire industry and culture.
In a December 1999 special section in the Detroit Free Press, Earl was ranked the third most significant Michigan artist of the 20th century, behind Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.
-Alex Manos, Owner
Cadillac 62 coupe buyer Alex Manos

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