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Cadillac Convertible - 1958
garish and decadent is what one auto writer calls the 1958 cadillacs, which commemorated gms 50th anniversary year. In their hearts, however, many americans secretly lust for such indulgent products of the age of excess, with lots of size and weight, plenty of chrome and glitz, power and gas to burn.
Top speed of 115 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8
displacement 365 cu. In. (6.0 l) power rating 310355 hp transmission 4-speed automatic
chassis: Coil-spring suspension, indepen¬dent in front; 4,845-5,070 lbs.
price: $5,454; $7,500 for the biarritz
Shark fins and cuff links
cadillacs bread-and-butter line continued to be the series 62, which for 1958 received sharply pointed shark tailfins. The grille was wider and filled with many round chrome cleats. the body grew by one inch to a stretched-out 222 in. But kept the sway-backed side profile of the 1957 model. A chrome molding on each front fender joined the previous one on each rear fender. It was the first year for quad headlights.
tale of two convertibles
convertible production consisted of 7,825 standard ones and 815 eldorado biarritzes. The biarritz had ten vertical chevron slashes instead of five horizontal windsplits in front of the rear wheel openings, and sculptured beauty panels in place of the rear chrome moldings. The 1958 cadillac six-litre v8 engine gained 10 horses to
310 hp. The eldorado engine, optional for other cadillacs, reached 355 hp with three two-barrel carburetors.
Shown here is the standard 1958 cadillac convertible, decorated with chrome and stainless steel; The eldorado biarritz model was even more lavish.
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