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For Sale: 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1956 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Series Special

The 1956 model year was the end of an era, of sorts, for Cadillac as the marque's trademark tail lamp-capped tail fins made one final appearance. The Fleetwood Sixty Specials were the company's mini-limousines, squashing the scales at 4,992 lbs. and carrying a luxury price tag of $6,019 without any add-ons. The 1956 Fleetwoods measured 225.9 inches between the bumper tips and rode on 133-inch wheelbases. Cadillac churned out 17,000 of the big six-passenger sedans in 1956, which carried new egg-crate type grilles and subtly different trim arrangements than the previous versions. A thin chrome strip ran along the top of the rear fenders with fat chrome spears pointed forward on the sides of the rear flanks. Prominent oval exhaust ports exited out of the upper corners of the rear bumper. Under the massive hood was an updated and enlarged 365ciV-8 rated at 285hp hooked to a Hydramatic transmission.

Hold on tight ladies and gents, there's one cool cad in the house right now and it has shown up as a 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Series Special sedan. Large would be the buzzword on this frame on restored 1950's big sedan, bathed in crisp clean white with a charcoal gray roof, she sports plenty of chrome, some nifty fins and wide whites that keep this huge skate firmly attached to the road. With some interior parts removed, but yet still richly appointed with options, and a cloud like ride, we are off like a prom dress to the country club to bat some little white balls around.

Double "D" Dagmars lead the way and have an egg crate style chromed trimmed and blacked out grille behind them and a surrounding chrome trimming above and a bumper below. All this wraps around the front quarters and continues with a very tasteful below the belt line trim with Cadillac and gold Sixty Series badging written in your grandmother's handwriting just above. Through the door it streaks and on the rear door makes a sharp turn upward and forms a faux vent on the rear quarter bump out. More beautiful thin trim starts at a point aft of the rear doors and wides as it moves gracefully above the fender skirts, eventually to the rear bumper which has crowning fins with tail lights atop. A flow through the bumper, without the exhaust routed through it, is protecting the spacious trunk lid which is bedecked with a gold V and Fleetwood script in more of grandmother's pen. All this chrome appears as new, and that's because it has been rechromed. For the roof, a wonderfully contrasting Camelot Gray Metallic finish has been applied and there are plenty of chrome trimmings surrounding the windows, and mind you not a straight line of it to be seen! The lower body is all bathed in a color change respray to Alpine White and how apropos for this luxury liner. Wide whites are on all 4 corners, and Caddy caps in shiny polish form are covering the wheels. Plenty of WOW factor here folks.

A swing of any of the large doors is much like opening a safe door. Here we can see an interior mid restoration with the door and kick panels removed leaving the steel shell, wiring and window actuator for the world to see. Our consignor notes that all of the removed parts are included with the purchase of the car. For the seating we note tuck and roll Bombay pattern broadcloth in gray for the inserts, and smooth white leather bolsters, all bordered with white piping. The seats are in very good condition and are trimmed with large chrome surrounding tub accenting. The rear seat is as impressive with a central gray broadcloth split panel including a fold down armrest. The original dash is a mixture of the new black leather for the topper, bright white paint, and plenty of horizontal ribbing and shiny trimming surrounds and knobs. The clean white steering wheel fronts this dash and is in excellent condition. Black carpet floods the floors and is protected by white rubber Cadillac crested mats and a new gray broadcloth headliner is above, although sagging toward the rear of the car. The factory AM radio is noted, as is a clock in front of the passenger.

Under the large hood, sits an impressive 365ci V8 which is of the 1957 model year variety and not original to this car but still capable of 285hp. The dark blue painted engine is dressed with black accessories and appears well detailed, with some slight paint chipping and minor patina. A single 4-barrel Carter carb is atop, and on back is a 4-speed Hydramatic which pushes power back to a 3.07 geared rear axle.

A combination of nice patina and some surface rust is noted throughout the undercarriage. A solid structurally sound X frame is present and rust-free floor pans rockers and toe kicks are seen. Power drum brakes are all around and coil springs for the front, and leaf springs for the back provide the ride. Our consignor notes that new shocks were installed both front and rear in 2021 to keep that smooth Caddy ride like new. Dual exhaust in stock form is noted, but shows with the resonators needing replacement due to rust.

She fired right up and on the test track performed well with good acceleration, capable handling and only a slight pull left during braking. All functions were operational at the time of our drive save for the horn not tooting, the AC not blowing cold as the compressor belt has been removed, and the power seat not being adjustable. My crack decoder informed me that a wire was off of the horn relay and that might be the root of the problem. Upon attaching the wire the horn started to sound loudly with nobody pressing the horn ring. Now with an ice pack on my head from making contact with the hood I can assure you the horn does blow, but will need the wiring or relay looked into.

Big, buxom, bodacious and beautiful withthe exterior body, paint and chrome finished, and then a new windshield thrown in for good measure. The car runs great and looks all the part with no rust, and lots of chrome and just needs some finishing touches on the interior to be a Grade A cruiser. The bigger the better and this one is just nearly the best!

60-Sixty Series
003427-Sequential Unit Number


STYLE 56 6019x-1956 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Series Special Sedan
BODY FW604-Fleetwood Body #
TRIM 70-Light Gray Bombay Cloth, White Leather
PAINT 12 18-Canyon Gray, Camelot Gray Metallic
E-EZ Eye Glass
K2-Air Conditioning
Y-Tilt Seat Adjustment

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood
  • Listing ID: CC-1694837
  • Price: $29,900
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Cadillac
  • Model:Fleetwood
  • Exterior Color:Alpine White
  • Interior Color:White
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:61818
  • Stock Number:4944
  • VIN:5660003427
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