The increasingly dramatic styling of 1950s Cadillacs culminated in the polarising 1959 model. Its signature tail fins rise higher off the ground --- 42 inches --- than those of any Cadillac before or after. Massive chrome bumpers, quad headlights and a length of over 20 feet all contribute to the striking impression still made by the 1959 Caddy. Some 1959 Cadillacs were converted to professional vehicles such as limousines, ambulances and hearses. Independent coach builders Eureka, Hess & Eisenhardt, Miller-Meteor and Superior all produced hearses based on 1959 Cadillacs.
1959 Cadillac Hearses by Eureka
Coach builder Eureka's Landau hearse was offered in six configurations, priced from £7,313 to £8,372. Eureka manufactured two hearse/ambulance combinations: the regular roof model was £7,153 to £7,295 and the full-view model was £7,153 to £8,213.
1959 Cadillac Hearses by Hess & Eisenhardt
Hearses by Hess & Eisenhardt include the S&S Park Place and Park Hill.
1959 Cadillac Hearses by Miller-Meteor
Miller-Meteor's Landau Traditional started at £6,813. The combination hearse/ambulance came with a manual rear or side-loading casket apparatus for £7,485 and an electric-powered apparatus for £7,851. The Futura was priced from £6,808 to £7,712. The Classic model had a price range of £6,808 to £7,712. Both the Futura and Classic hearses were convertible to limousines or ambulances.
1959 Cadillac Hearses by Superior
Superior produced four models of its Crown Royale Landaulet hearse, priced from £7,007 to £8,077.
1959 Cadillac Hearse Powertrain
Cadillac manufactured a 390 cubic inch V-8 for its 1959 vehicles. The engine produces 325 to 345 horsepower at 4,800rpm and 430 to 435 foot-pounds of torque at 3,400rpm. The motor's compression ratio is 10.5:1. The bore is 4 inches and stroke is 3.875 inches. The four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission was the only offered.
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