Poised on a new 133 inch wheelbase, the Sixty-Special sedan wore Fleetwood crests on the hood and deck. All features found in lower priced Cadillacs were standard, as well as power ventipanes, glare-proof rear view mirror and automatic level control. Like Calais and DeVilles, the Fleetwood Sixty-Special had an improved Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission with a variable stator. A new Fleetwood Brougham trim option package was introduced at a price of $199. Its main feature was a more richly appointed interior.
FLEETWOOD SIXTY-SPECIAL SUB-SERIES 680
FLEETWOOD 75 SUB-SERIES
Cadillac’s longest, heaviest, richest and highest priced models were, again, more conventionally engineered than the other lines. For example, the new perimeter frame was not in use and neither was the improved automatic transmission. In addition, automatic level control was not featured. Even the annual styling facelift did not affect these traditional-bound luxury cars. They came with all power controls found in Eldorados and added courtesy and map lights to the standard equipment list. Sales of commercial chassis earned an increase of thirty units, while limousine deliveries tapered slightly downward and the popularity of the nine-passenger sedan saw a considerable decline.
FLEETWOOD 75 SUB-SERIES 697
I. D. NUMBERS
Vehicle numbers were now located on the right or lefthand side of the forward frame crossmember.
The original engine serial number was the same as the vehicle identification number.
The first symbol was a letter (see Body Style Number suffixes) indicating series and body style.
The second symbol was a number designating the model year.
The following six numbers designated the sequential production code and started with 100001 and up.
Body Style Numbers were revised to reflect a more rational arrangement of models.
The new five digit codes began with “68” except in the case of Fleetwood Seventy-Five models which were coded “69”.
The third number was a “0” on 60 Specials and a “7” on 75 limousines.
The final two symbols corresponded to Fisher Body Division Style Number codes.
The five digit numbers were found on the vehicle data plate, affixed to engine side of the firewall, and may have been followed by a letter suffix corresponding to those on the charts below.
V-8 Overhead valves
Cast iron block
429 cubic inches
Bore and stroke
4.13 x 4.00 inches
340 @ 4600 rpm
Five main bearings
Hydraulic valve lifters
Carter AFB four-barrel, model 3903S.
Automatic level control standard where indicated in text.
A new engine mounting system and patented quiet exhaust were used.
8.20 x 15
8.00 x 15.
Air conditioner on 60 series models
Air conditioner, 75 Series model
Fleetwood Brougham option on M model
Soft Ray tinted glass
Delete-option heater and defroster on 75 Series models
$135 credit; on 60 Series models $97 credit.
Leather upholstery on M models
License plate frame
Power door locks on M models
Power headlight control on R-S models
$46; on M models: $51.
Six-way power front seat on M models
Power vent window regulator option
Radio with rear speaker
Radio with rear speaker and remote control
Rear seat belts
Front seat belt delete-option
Adjustable steering wheel on M models
Remote control trunk lock on M models
Twilight Sentinel on M models
Five white sidewall tires 9.00 x 15 size with four-ply construction on M models
Five white sidewall tires 9.00 x 15 size with six-ply construction, on R-S models only
A tilt telescope steering wheel option was highlighted this season.
The Cadillac factory closed July 8, 1964 for the changeover to 1965 model production.
This was 22 days earlier than usual, as a 471,000 square foot expansion of facilities was planned.
The plant reopened August 24, when production of cars to 1965 specifications commenced.
It was the longest plant shutdown in Cadillac history and the new manufacturing potential of 800 cars per day was an all-time high.
The three millionth Cadillac was built this season and a new engineering center was dedicated.
The Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham was frequently referred to as a separate model.