Finned Find: 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

When Cadillac introduced the redesigned Coupe de Ville in 1959, we are sure no one ever asked themselves how much junk could be stored on the top of one. Well this ’59 Coupe de Ville has been parked in this garage for the past 13 years, where it was used as storage. Someone managed to store a lot of junk on top of it, but thankfully it has finally been cleared off and pulled from the garage. It can now be found in Lakewood, California or here on eBay.

It appears that the previous owner discovered that you can stack as much junk on a de Ville, as you can fit between those two massive tail fins. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that the body received any damage from having all that stuff piled on it. This big Caddy has spent the majority of its life parked indoors. The original owner kept it parked in their Hollywood garage until 1980, when they gave it to their son, who moved it to their garage in Los Angeles. They planned to restore it, but never got around to it, so they finally decided to let it go to a new home.

The interior is original, but has plenty of wear and tear to it. It will need some attention to be a comfortable driver again, but amazingly most everything is in working condition. The seller claims everything is here, but that the trunk emblem and half of the Coupe de Ville emblem are missing. Finding trim for these can get expensive, but all the hard to find pieces are there and in good shape. It appears that someone tried to touch up some of the paint on the passenger side, but the rest of the car is wearing its original paint.

The Coupe de Ville is a big boat, so it needed a decent sized power plant to move it down the road. Cadillac shoved its 304 hp 390 cui V8 under the hood and mated it to a four speed Hydra-Matic. The near 5,000 pound curb weight limited how fast the de Ville could go, but it was meant to be a comfortable cruiser and not a speed machine. Impressively it could still reach a top speed around 120 miles per hour. The seller had the carburetor rebuilt and the fuel system flushed and they claim it now runs and drives great.

This big boat isn’t perfect, but it appears to be solid and would make for a great rolling restoration or could be enjoyed as is. What would you do with this Caddy? Would you restore it back to pristine condition, leave it as is, or hot rod it? Given how original it is, we would hate to see it be modified, but we have seen a few of these turned into mean machines.

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Comments

  1. Lori

    Restore her to being the Grande Dame that she once was.

  2. paul

    NICE & keep it original, it’s all there, so keep it that way, but restore it to it’s majestic original beauty.

  3. Casey

    Stretch Limo.

  4. scot c

    ~ there can’t be more than a few original ’59s left in this condition. it’s worth a bunch restored but i’d have to drive as is.

  5. Jim Mosley

    This Beauty should be restored to as near original as possible.

  6. Marc Robertson

    I’d drive her just like she is.

    • paul

      Rust never sleeps.

  7. Lon Lofgren

    When I was a kid, Dad had a ’59 Sedan De Ville! I wish I had that car now! This Coupe is my Dream Car! I would restore it to showroom condition! It deserves that!

  8. kevin

    Very Immaculate, when I first saw this i creamed a little in my pants. Still some good cars are left

  9. j. pickett

    Drove one a few times in 65/65 the shop I worked for did regular work on an old customer’s, Pink Coupe DeVille, and part of my job was to drive him home and pick him up. Floaty, tight in city streets, but you really felt like it was impressive. I’d drive it like it is for a while, do a few things at a time, but no real restoration. One thing I remember about that Magic Mirror Acrylic Lacquer, it would buff out real nice.

  10. Anthony Kennedy

    let me know is the 59 caddy for sale and how much$$$$$

  11. twwokc1

    My first impulse would be to sort it out and drive it as is. But that rust isn’t going away on its own so I vote for a total restoration. You can never go wrong putting your money in a 59 Coupe de Ville.

  12. Rancho Bella

    ’59 is the”it” of Cads……………..Hate to see bill for the paint job.

    • Rancho Bella

      Notice two different license plates? The black one in front and a new one in back.
      Did they go to the DMV and get talked out of the black plates that were on the car from new………I wonder. The California DMV does that all the time……

  13. Justin Henderson

    I would drive it the way it is for a few years.

  14. mark

    Nice car! I would clean it up a little and drive it the way it is! My favorite Caddy of all time.

  15. FRED

    I’M TORN BETWEEN RESTORE TO ORIGINAL BEAUTY OR SLAM IT AND MAKE A LOW RIDER OUT OF IT. I HAVE OWNED ABOUT A DOZEN COUPE DEVILLES AND THE OLDEST WAS A 63 THAT I BOUGHT FROM A BANK PRESIDENT WHEN I WORKED AT A FIRESTONE AFTER GRADUATING FROM HS.I WAS THE SECOND OWNER AND PAID 300 DOLARS FOR IT SO MY NEW BRIDE WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO DRIVE.SHE COULD NOT HANDLE THE 69 CUDA OR THE 72 FORD F600 DUMP TRUCK. AFTER NEW SHOCKS ,TIRES,BRAKES AND WHATEVER ELSE WE WORKED ON AT FIRESTONE. IT WAS LIKE DRIVING ON A CLOUD.THEN I LET MY FATHER IN LAW BORROW IT AND BECAUSE HE CARRIED TWO PEARL HANDLED 38’S (HE WAS A COP) I HAD A HELLUVA TIME GETTING IT BACK FROM HIM.WISH I STILL HAD IT.

    • Paul

      Cool car to drive, get the bugs worked out, then restore.
      FRED, SEVERAL OTHERS HAVE TRIED TO SAY COOL IT W/ THE CAPS!!!

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  16. Gnrdude

    Open Up the Trunk & Let Elvis out!!!!!!

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