Unusual custom-ordered color and interior. One of only 225 built with Sunshine Turret Top sunroof. Dual sidemounts, leather interior, fog lights, and more. Former Senior Premier winner ready to tour!
This 60 Special wears a CCCA Premier Senior First Prize badge, suggesting that the restoration was extremely expensive and very well done. That was maybe 15 years ago and the car has been used for touring events since then, and it has mellowed into a comfortable high-speed tour car with a unique look. The color, which appears to be similar to Long Key Green, was not on the color chart but rather a custom job, as denoted on the trim tag by “SO” indicating “special order.” It was originally a two-tone combination, with a very light green roof, but sometime in early 2013, the top was painted to match the rest of the bodywork, giving it a monochromatic look. Factory records suggest that only 225 60 Special sedans were built with the Sunshine Turret Top sunroof, which actually works quite well and makes the interior feel bright and airy. Dual sidemounts add to the imposing look of the 1939 Cadillac, and when you add the factory AM radio and a set of fog lights, you could consider this 60S “loaded.” Finish quality is quite good, although there’s evidence of use. It shines up nicely, and the result is a striking car that will stand out anywhere it goes. You also get some very nice chrome, including both bumpers and a grille with surprisingly few pits and no cracks, surprising for a ’39.
We strongly suspect that the green leather interior is original. It is in excellent condition, but not nice enough to be only 15 years old, yet there are no splits or tears and only slight scuffing on the piping at the driver’s back. The big plastic steering wheel and dash were obviously restored and all the gauges are fully operational save for the temperature gauge, which has been supplanted by a modern gauge under the dash. We suspect the 13,217 miles shown on the odometer are since the restoration was completed, and that seems about right given the car’s overall condition. The sunroof slides open and closed, but you’ll need a little practice to be able to latch it every time—don’t worry, it’s easy. There’s also a fully upholstered trunk that’s surprisingly spacious thanks to the spare tire moving into the front fender wells.
The 346 cubic inch V8 remains as smooth and torquey here as in any other pre-war Cadillac. It starts easily every time, and there’s an auxiliary electric fuel pump to assist after periods of inactivity. It’s correctly dressed in corporate olive green engine enamel with a large oil bath air cleaner on top of the Stromberg carburetor. It idles so smoothly and quietly that you might think it has stalled and there’s effortless power available just off idle, so you won’t need to do much shifting around town. These are also reliable 60 MPH cruisers that consume miles of highway without complaint.
The 3-speed manual transmission shifts easily and clutch action is light—in fact, all control efforts are remarkably easy, including the steering and brakes. 3.92 gears were standard, which helps explain the awesome tractability, but the smooth engine never seems too busy on the highway. Ride is Cadillac supple with great suspension control that will surprise you in an 80-year-old car. A new exhaust system with two mufflers emits little more than a distant burble and it’s nearly silent at idle. The massive wooden rocker sills that are the foundation of the 60 Special bodywork remain in excellent condition with no rot or deterioration, and even the tool tray at the back of the trunk is intact and undamaged suggesting a car that has lived in a warm climate. Color-matched steel wheels wear correct hubcaps and trim rings, along with a set of 7.00-16 wide whitewall tires.
The 60 Special is a “special” car. They offer high style, fantastic performance, and the cachet of Full Classic status, all at a reasonable price. This one features an unusual color combination, that wonderful sunroof, and a quality restoration that has mellowed into an excellent tour vehicle. If you like driving and are looking for a car that does everything well, look no further than this wonderful Cadillac. Call today!
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