1964 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special – $2500

“All original non-restored condition. Was daily driver until 3 years ago. Has all original parts, including radio, stainless steel trims, chrome, hubcaps and rear fender skirts. Not running now, suspect oil pump problem, prob need engine rebuild. Had some work done before parking the car including new brake shoes, wheel cylinders and hoses all around, rebuilt master cylinder, new coil springs, new ball joints, idler and pitman arm. Custom dual exhaust with glasspacks is the only modification to the original car. Was a great drive, but must sell now. Love the car but need the space and I don’t have the time to spend to be able to put it on the road again. Great candidate for complete restoration or go the other way and drop it. It is a blank canvas. $2500 obo.”

Man, there is just something about old Cadillacs that defies description. Stretching for was seems like multiple city blocks and weighed down with what appears to be fourteen tons of chrome, they have a presence no other car can match. And few have more presence than the top-of-the-line, flagship Fleetwood model. In fact, perhaps I should just let Cadillac explain how awesome an old Fleetwood is:

“In a class by itself in its luxury and magnificence, the new Cadillac Fleetwood Series for 1964 has been created to more than meet the desires of those discriminating motorists who would be satisfied with nothing less than the world’s most elegant motoring.

Four models carry the distinguished Fleetwood laurel wreath and crest: the Eldorado Convertible, the Sixty Special Sedan, the Seventy-Five nine-passenger sedan and the Seventy-Five limousine-universally acknowledged as the most aristocratic motor cars in the world.¬†However grand the occasion, an arrival in a Cadillac Fleetwood is a notable one, for whatever the model, it is an impeccable reflection of good taste and achievement… and the preeminent motor car wherever people of prominence gather.¬†Of necessity a limited production car, fortunate indeed is the family who possesses a regal Cadillac Fleetwood.”

And the cost for all this in 1964? $6,388. Now? $2,500. Tell me that’s not a wicked deal. Granted, they probably didn’t need an engine rebuild fresh off the factory floor, but with a monstrous 429 cubic inch V8 underhood and an engine bay the size of Yaletown, I’d be surprised if rectifying the problem would be all that difficult. And being an almost completely unmolested car that appears to be bereft of all meaningful rust easily outweighs almost all mechanical issues when you’re shopping for a classic car in the Pacific Northwest. And hey, at just $2,500, you could have the entire car professionally restored from the ground up before you even started encroaching upon the price of this car’s contemporary.

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