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Mike Phillips
Jan 25th, 2006, 08:01 AM
1959 Cadillac with an in-dash Television!

Here are the latest photos and results from the 2006 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona!


Check out this 1959 Cadillac Convertible with an in-dash Television!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TVcadillac2.jpg


One of the unique things about the horn ring on the 1959 Cadillac is that it is often missing because it breaks off where the ring forms to the hub. On eBay a horn ring in good to excellent condition commands $500.00 and up!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TVcadillac1.jpg



Is that cool or what? An in-dash Television!

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TVcadillac3.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TVcadillac3c.jpg


Anyone looking for a unique Avatar?

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2150_TVcadillac3c.jpg


Most people that know me know I like 1959 and 1960 Cadillacs, what's unique about this Cadillac is it has the fins and rear-end design including the bumpers from the 1960 Cadillac. It was listed as a 1959 Cadillac and everything besides the rear section looked to be a 1959 Cadillac, but the fins and bumper are definitely the design used for the 1960 Cadillac.

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TVcadillac4.jpg

http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TVcadillac4c.jpg


If you like fins, check out this website...

http://www.classicroad.com/Finville/

Snowman
Jan 25th, 2006, 08:42 AM
Now that is very unique!! Makes you wonder how they even managed to pull that off with the television back in those days unless the owner added that in our time as a vintage looking feature. That shot of the fin woud also be a cool avatar!!

:coolgleam

Setec Astronomy
Jan 25th, 2006, 09:48 AM
So Mike, was it a '59 or a '60? Was the TV really installed in the factory? Or is this some sort of GM concept/show car? Which would explain some the mix of features and the TV.

Mike Phillips
Jan 25th, 2006, 10:37 AM
Originally posted by Setec Astronomy
So Mike, was it a '59 or a '60?
Hi Mike,

The car was listed as a 1959 Cadillac, and except for the rear fins and rear bumper the rest of the car had the panels of a 1959 Cadillac. There was a few special Cadillacs built using the 1960 style fins, but the rest of the body also looked quite different than the 59 body style. So I don't have the complete story behind this car.


Was the TV really installed in the factory? Or is this some sort of GM concept/show car? Which would explain some the mix of features and the TV.

The TV was a later/custom addition to the car as mentioned over the speaker during the auction, that's about all I know about it. One thing for sure however it looks cool and it would have been a really cool feature in 1959 to have a in-dash TV.

I have a couple of old Sci-Fi movies from the 1950's and I know in at least one of them it shows a young lady reporter making a a phone call from her 50's era car and the phone looks like a wall mount unit simply used for the shot. It's pretty comical to watch. :D

Snowman
Jan 25th, 2006, 10:40 AM
Originally posted by Mike Phillips


I have a couple of old Sci-Fi movies from the 1950's and I know in at least one of them it shows a young lady reporter making a a phone call from her 50's era car and the phone looks like a wall mount unit simply used for the shot. It's pretty comical to watch. :D

That is pretty funny because if anyone watches the old Dukes of Hazzard from time to time you will see them using car phones as well but like you said Mike they are those old huge corded phones like you would find in your kitchen or familyroom back in the day before cordless phones...LOL

Pete-FWA
Jan 25th, 2006, 02:55 PM
A car similar to this one was for sale on Ebay last year. I say similar only because I don't KNOW that it's the same one.

I've also read a magazine article about that same vehicle. Now I wish I could remember the name of the design engineer at General Motors who worked on and later owned the car in question.

The vehicle was a 1959, but had the '60 accents you show in these photos. It was a red convertible...the details fit. I'm going to do some research to find out if this is the same one. If I can get the details, I'll post.

Superior Shine
Jan 25th, 2006, 04:20 PM
Oh boy-look at 'em swirls on the hood!! ---- >http://archive.meguiarsonline.com/gallery/data/500/2TVcadillac1.jpg

Desertdawg
Jan 25th, 2006, 07:09 PM
Originally posted by Superior Shine
Oh boy-look at 'em swirls on the hood!!

Now theres a great MOL response, you should have been looking at the horn ring and the in-dash TV, but no, your looking at the little of of paint visible...:xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs

Gipraw
Jan 26th, 2006, 09:23 AM
Originally posted by Snowman
That is pretty funny because if anyone watches the old Dukes of Hazzard from time to time you will see them using car phones as well but like you said Mike they are those old huge corded phones like you would find in your kitchen or familyroom back in the day before cordless phones...LOL

the old car phone in my dad's work truck looked exactly like that, back in '77 or so. just like a desktop princess phone.