Thursday, June 5, 2014

San Francisco Street Sighting - 1960 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

On Tuesday we took a look at a 1960 Cadillac Series 62 hardtop coupe that's survived life on the streets of Alameda without the benefit of a restoration. Now let's check out a 1960 Sedan DeVille that's withstood life in San Francisco.

The Sedan DeVille was Cadillac's mid-range sedan model in 1960. It was available as a six-window sedan with a quarter window behind the rear passenger door as seen here, or as a four-window "flat-top" sedan with wraparound rear glass. All were pillarless hardtops. Like the bottom-rung Series 62, the DeVille received a 390 cubic inch V8, automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. DeVilles also came with power windows and a two-way power seat. An engine power package was optional, borrowed from the Eldorado, that installed three two-barrel carburetors to bump horsepower from 325 to 345.

This one is a one-owner car, or at least it was at the time I photographed it in fall 2013. A Craigslist ad posted in February of this year described the Caddy as having original paint, the optional air conditioning and the original protective plastic over the back seat. Since these pictures were taken, the owner addressed the rust and the car wore more patches of primer in the for sale ad than seen here. Most of the work done to the car was mechanical to keep it running well. Whoever ended up with this car scored a nice budget cruiser that didn't need much.

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