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YAK Car Pic of the Day

Passed this 1964 Cadillac de Ville four-window sedan yesterday on Grand Island (it’s more commonly known as a four-door hardtop). No plates, but it looks ready to go from here. The ’64s were a mild restyle of the all-new ’63 models, so Cadillac had to really reach in the brochure to make it sound interesting: “A distinguishing Cadillac feature is the rear license plate area which is smartly integrated into the rear grille and bumper design…” Yes, as we all know, every other manufacturer just hammered the plate onto the trunklid! You can read more about the ’64 Caddy on the Cadillac Country Club web page, where one writer informs us that “The Fleetwood El Dorado Convertible looked dramatically the same as the Eldorado Biarritz from the previous year, as well.” Dramatically the same… as well? Interesting phrasing. See the old brochure here.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

Six-window sedan

  • MaxPlanck

    Curbside Classics – along with YAK, another great haunt for lovers of old sheet metal – has a well written blog that argues that Caddy’s ’63-’64 output were their best. With so many excellent vintages that came out from that marque, it’s hard for me to choose but those years definitely were the “Standard of the World.”

    • I’ve always liked the ’61 Caddys, especially the openness of the different roof styles, and the fin restraint (when compared to the ’59-’60 models). Although the styling of the ’62 was very similar, the rooflines were, for the most part, “Thunderbird-ized,” and I thought heavier-looking.