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1959 Cadillac Series 75 Imperial Sedan Barn Find

1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo Barn Find

Most of us may dream of finding a muscle car or European sports car tucked away in that barn, but we have come across a few oddball finds that we think would be exciting too. Just imagine finding this Cadillac in a barn. At first sight you would probably assume it was just another old four door Cadillac, but upon closer inspection of the rear seat you would know that this is something special. This 1959 Cadillac Series 75 Imperial Sedan was recently discovered in New York and is currently listed here on eBay. Bidding is already at $15k and the reserve has not been met. This one is worth looking at just to see how this old Caddy cleaned up.

1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo Back Seat

Here is a view of that rear seat. There are two rows back there because this Cadillac is actually a limo. The middle row folds forward to provide the passengers in the rear seat some major legroom. There is even rear seat heating and air conditioning to keep everyone comfortable. The interior of this car looks like new and it should considering it has only covered 52k miles and has been in storage most of its life. It was in a warehouse for about 30 years and then sat in barn for another 10 years.

1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo Engine

This cruiser has a lot of weight to pull around, but luckily there is a 390 V8 under the hood which puts out around 345 horsepower. The seller has gone through the fuel and cooling system to make the car safe to drive. They claim that is runs great now and that anyone interested can take it out for a spin.

1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo Cleaned Up

It is hard to believe that this is the same car as in the first photo. This Cadillac really cleaned up well and is a great survivor example of a rare model. Few were every produced because only wealthy individuals could afford it. This may not be everyone’s dream find, but I wouldn’t mind running across one. At least you could clean it up and sell it like this owner is doing. Keep looking, you never know what you might find…


  1. Greg

    That’s right down the road from me, Damn. Sweet find.

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  2. Cameron

    Cool looking car. I am sure my garage is much too short to fit that beast inside!

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  3. Don

    Always loved the ’59. The rear deck/Fins are just outrageous.I mean,we are talkin’ Pure,100% unadultarated AMERICANA baby!….They had their engineers and designers hangin’ around the NASA facilities at that time rumor has it!!!…..Im kidding but they DID merge the Brand new Space Ships into the car designs

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  5. Bob

    I wish I could be so lucky to find one of these….impressive machine.

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  6. Bob

    Interesting name for a town!

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  7. Barn Finds

    Cameron, your garage probably is too short. This thing is over 20 feet long!

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  8. Dean

    Chrysler owned the Imperial name. I’ve never heard of the name being used on a GM product, such as a Cadillac.

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  9. Cameron

    Yeah, my Saab fits, but not with tons of room. My 69 BMW 2002 fits nicely though.

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  10. J. Pickett

    That’s when a limousine was some thing special. This was built on the professional chassis used for hearses and ambulances as well. This was a Cadillac, built in a Cadillac factory. Not a cut and stretch, not a bordello styled stretched truck. This was a true luxury car. I have one of these of any year on my lottery list.

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  11. Pete

    I had never heard the “Imperial” name used on anything but Chrysler products either but apparently, that’s what they called these limos.

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  12. J. Pickett

    I cannot find any reference to the word Imperial in Cadillac literature from that time. The 9 passenger was referred to as a Fleetwood 75 sedan, the same car with a divider is referred to as the Fleetwood 75 Limosine. This is from the factory sales brochure.

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  13. Pete

    I Googled it and came up with ambiguous info but there is reference to it in Wikipedia especially the 1938 series 75 touring sedan. It was apparently referred to as an “imperial” which altogether odd since the name has been used by Chrysler since 1926. Besides all of this, I’ve NEVER heard the name used as a Cadillac.

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  14. J. Pickett

    Perhaps in the 1930’s litigation about those thinks was less prevalent. You certainly would not have gotten away with it after the war. Perhaps in different countries. I do know that the Porsche 911 was originally shown as a 901, but Puegot had a copywrite that gave them exclusive use at the time of numbers with 3 digits and a zero in the middle. Maybe they got by as a sort of small case adjective. I got my info from a photo copy of the 1959 Cadillac brochure as well as other sites.

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  15. Chris

    All cleaned and prettied up from when Americans bought cars by the pound. What a great ride for wedding day arrival of the bride.

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  16. Bob

    Anybody know what these retailed for?My grandfather bought a 58 Cadillac Fleetwood sedan. Think he paid around $6,000?there was a 58 Eldorado convertible on the floor. I think it was $7,000 or $7,500 and that was just outrageous to him.

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  17. His Royal Flatulence

    In the late 1980’s I owned the limousine version of this car – the same except it had a factory divider window. I set up a limo business with it; painted it hot pink and installed a bar unit in place of the left jumpseat.I had a lot of fun doing weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and the like, but never made enough to do more than cover expenses so I sold it after a couple of years. The buyer owned a limo company in either Detroit or Chicago, I don’t remember which. I often wonder where that car is now. I’m sure it’s still on the road, because it’s always been a very rare and desirable car.Unlike the rolling pimp-cribs that qualify as limousines today, these were truly elegant and luxurious cars inside. The rear compartment was upholstered in wool and broadcloth, and it was a very classy place to be (unlike the jukebox exterior, arguably, though those fins are sure fun!). Although I had fun pimping the exterior of mine with that hot pink paint job, I restored the interior completely stock except for the bar unit, which I upholstered to match.Cadillac made something like 700 each of the ’59 Fleetwood Sedans and Limousines. That’s very low production, but enough that I’m not surprised there are still a few undiscovered gems like this car lurking in the shadows.

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  18. His Royal Flatulence

    I meant to say, “700 each of the ’59 Fleetwood Series 75 Sedans and Limousines.” As distinct from the normal Fleetwood, which was a different animal entirely.

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