Shortened '59?

Started by 09W, April 21, 2018, 02:30:12 PM

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Someone in an unrelated forum took this pic on I-95 outside Baltimore on 04.19.18. The pic is large, hopefully it can be viewed full-size/clearly here. The POV of the camera appears to be just behind the white '59's rear wheel, so it's fairly straight on.

What caught my eye is the black '59, something looks off. In the full-size pic, I used a metric ruler on my 21" monitor. The front clip and rear quarters of the black & white car match up dimensionally (with a teeny allowance for perspective.)

However, the black car's wheelbase and the door are about 7% shorter. Either the black car was shortened (or the white car was lengthened). Of course, other than the Series 75, there's only one wheelbase in '59. Plus, these 2 worn Caddys don't bear any signs of recent work, not to mention that a 7% wheelbase chop is a TON of work for what benefit? 7% off of 130" is 121"- was it re-chassis-ed?

Theories / knowledge of these cars?

Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

Yes the black one looks a bit shorter, and the roof outline also appears a bit shorter and modified as well. 'Tis a mystery...

The top aft car does appear to be a Plymouth - Savoy maybe?  ???
A Cadillac Motorcar is a Possession for which there is no Acceptable Substitute

Scot Minesinger

top Caddy looks like a series 75 with long wheelbase, and the bottom one loos like a convertible.  Unlikely that wheelbase was altered 7%.
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1970 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
1970 four door Convertible w/Cadillac Warranty


Could it be because it is a 60 plymouth?




RE the "Series 75" idea : never saw a Series 75 2-dr.   ;)

RE black '59 car : I assume the roofline is different because it's a convertible.

The Tassie Devil(le)

The top Cadillac is a Coupe.

Bruce. >:D
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'70 Ranchero Squire (RHD)
'74 Chris Craft Gull Wing (SH)
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Past Cars of significance - to me
1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1936 Ford 5 Window Coupe
1937 Chevrolet Sports Coupe
1955 Chevrolet Convertible
1959 Ford Fairlane Ranch Wagon
1960 Cadillac CDV
1972 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe


SOMETHING seems awry with the bottom Cadillac!  Poor '59s, they seem to suffer more indignities than other Cadillacs.
1935 Cadillac Sedan resto-mod "Big Red"
1973 Cadillac Caribou - Sold - but still in the family
1950 Jaguar Mark V Saloon resto-mod - Sold
1942 Cadillac 6269 - Sold
1968 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1935 Glenn Pray - Auburn Boattail Speedster, Gen. 2

Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

Well it would seem they're on their way to a restoration shop of some kind or another judging by the protective coverings. No such precautions would've been taken if they were headed to the crusher.

So at least that's something.
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Chuck Patton

I can see the potential.
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They all look like refugees from a demolition derby.

Obviously, someone loves them because they dignified them with silver tarps instead of blue ones.
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1969 Eldorado
1970 Eldorado (Triple Black w/power roof)
1958 Apache 3/4 ton 4x4
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2014 SRX

Steve Passmore

Probably just a trick of the light and camera angle?

1937 60 convertible coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe
1941 62 coupe

1936 70 Sport coupe
1937 85 series V12 sedan
1938 60 coupe
1938 50 coupe
1939 60S
1940 62 coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe x2
1941 61 coupe
1941 61 sedan x2
1941 62 sedan x2
1947 62 sedan
1959 62 coupe