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Monday, June 7, 2010

1962 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

25,675 were made. But how many pink ones?


When Don Draper, of Mad Men, feels that he has made it the car he buys for himself as a reward is a 1962 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.




The first Cadillac called a Coupe de Ville appeared in 1949 but the name denoted a trim option rather than a different model. However, by the time 1962 version came along there had been a series of distinctly separate models: all two door coupes. A far from manoeuverable 18'6" long and nearly 6'8" wide it had an eco-friendly 6.3 litre angine which (eventually) would drag its two ton plus body up to 120 mph. The features and extras would have been astonishing to a British car owner in 1962: powered seat, electric windows, automatically dimming headlights, air conditioning, tinted windows, radio with powered aerial, cruise control, central locking and remote boot opening. Oddly, the 1962 model was the first to come with heating! It came at the fairly hefty price of $5,385.


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