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1961 Cadillac Deville

History of the 1959-1964 Cadillac DeVille

Cadillac continued to list its premium Series 62 hardtops as “de Ville” models through 1964. While the spectacular ’59s entertained with their astounding tailfins, the ’60 Coupe de Villes exhibited exquisite form. From 1959 on, Sedan de Villes were offered in four-window and six-window models, with the four-window editions featuring especially attractive rooflines. The deeply sculpted ’61 de Ville models sported dramatic space-age styling with racy, thin-pillar rooflines and rocket-inspired fins, complemented by lower-body “skeg lines.” 1962 models were readily distinguished by their more formal, rooflines. Smoothly unadorned flanks gave the 1963 editions a fresh infusion of what chief designer Chuck Jordan called ”the grace and spirit” of all great Cadillacs. Along with exterior refinements for 1964, a new 340-hp 429-cid engine replaced the 390-cid variants of 1959-63, and the Turbo-Hydramatic was introduced. With the exception of the universally cherished ’59s, de Villes of this era are relatively affordable today. As period Cadillac convertible values climb with the speed of an Atlas rocket, any top-notch hardtop de Ville looks all the more appealing today.

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