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Old 01-10-2012, 06:49 PM
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Default 1959 Cadillac trim

1959 Cadillacs have a pointed strip of trim coming forward from the taillights on the sides of the fins. Why do some have them chrome and some have that piece painted to match the body? Is it related to the series/model? And if so, what is correct for a commercial chassis, or was that up to customer/coachbuilder discretion?



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Nicholas Yassan will probably know the definitive answer.

In the meantime, I'll add seeing the majority of these chrome moldings on Fleetwoods, never on an original Eldorado (which would really break up Eldo stainless lines).

Also imagine it was a Cadillac option which by default means coach builders would likewise have offered same option for the most flamboyant customers.
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Good question Adam and I would like to know the answer.
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The Fleetwoods, the Eldorado and most commercial cars had chrome "Cones" The deville had painted cones. So, yes, it did depend on what Cadillac you had.
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The Fleetwoods, the Eldorado and most commercial cars had chrome "Cones" The deville had painted cones. So, yes, it did depend on what Cadillac you had.
Guess I got a deville version then.
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Along with the chrome "cone"...fleetwoods also have differnt chorome on the brake lights. The chrome is a "Y" pattern on the fleetwood brake lights.
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As a general rule, chrome is correct on Fleetwood 60 Special and Commercial Chassis cars only, all other models were painted body color. For whatever reason, Superior seems to be the only coach-builder that did it both ways.
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As a general rule, chrome is correct on Fleetwood 60 Special and Commercial Chassis cars only, all other models were painted body color. For whatever reason, Superior seems to be the only coach-builder that did it both ways.
I don't think this explains why my 59mm is painted in stead of the chrome.
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The chrome ones notoriously rust out.. Perhaps yours were replaced or repaired and painted at some point? It's possible yours was ordered new with painted blisters.. There are always exceptions to every rule!
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The chrome ones notoriously rust out.. Perhaps yours were replaced or repaired and painted at some point? It's possible yours was ordered new with painted blisters.. There are always exceptions to every rule!
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