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Offline SK903

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1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« on: December 30, 2017, 05:37:37 PM »
Does anyone know why power door locks were not an option on this model?
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Offline V63

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Re: 1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 01:37:35 AM »
One suggestion is they were not typically owner driven and therefore the chauffeur had that job?

Another, The rear doors were unique and different assembly’s needed manufacture.

Finally, historically the Series 75 seemed to lag in moderation.

 
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Offline SK903

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Re: 1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 09:01:54 AM »
Good deductions :)
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Offline Barry M Wheeler #2189

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Re: 1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 12:05:16 PM »
It also may have had something to do with transporting Cary Grant up to that Long Island mansion in North by Northwest. If you ever need a '58-75 fix, just watch the first half hour of that show...
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Re: 1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 01:20:15 PM »
Also, that would give the chauffeur an element of control over the royalty in the rear, something that would have been considered inappropriate at the time, when this demographic was far more concerned with appearances than security.
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Re: 1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 08:24:36 AM »
Our 1958 Hearse of course did not have power locks (why would it? No one is in a rush there). My father sold the Hess & Eisenhardt new limousines and hearses starting in 1966 and we had everything used from 1949 on.  I can't say I noticed power door locks on ANY of those cars (1960's through the 1970s).  The 1980s Series 75's may have had them but I had little to do with those cars by that point.  My 1970 Electra has them and that was the first car that we had the experience of power door locks.  The Lincoln limousines 1979-1980s had them.  They were essentially town cars stretched.  We had these cars starting with the demise of the full-sized Cadillac limousine after 1975.

The comment about the chauffeur is correct. It would have been bad form to show up in a limousine and then open your own door  :o.  The only time the back doors would be locked is when there was no one in the back.

Just my perspective with these Series 75 cars 1960-1978.
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Offline SK903

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Re: 1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 11:42:43 AM »
So I wonder what year door locks were first available on the limos.
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Re: 1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 03:58:39 PM »
It also may have had something to do with transporting Cary Grant up to that Long Island mansion in North by Northwest. If you ever need a '58-75 fix, just watch the first half hour of that show...
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Re: 1958 Fleetwood Seventy Fives
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2018, 08:33:03 PM »
It also may have had something to do with transporting Cary Grant up to that Long Island mansion in North by Northwest. If you ever need a '58-75 fix, just watch the first half hour of that show...

That house is the Phipps Estate (Westbury Gardens) around the corner from my house.
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