Fleetwood Cadillac Models & History 1960

TheFleetwood Sixty Special occupied a still-higher rung on the Cadillac ladder. This one-model series listed at $6233, and for 1959 it rode the standard 3302mm wheelbase, rather than the exclusive 3378mm stretch it had enjoyed in 1958. Although clearly intended as the most prestigious standard sedan, this six-window model wore more makeup than any other ’59 Caddy. Starting on the rear door and sweeping almost to the rear bumper was a huge fake air scoop, outlined by chrome strips that shot forward to the front of the car. The taillight pods on the fins were slathered in chrome, and the hubcaps were the sportier version used on the Eldorados. The Fleetwood name stood out in block letters on the lower front fenders; three rows of jewels sparkled in the rear grille.

The 1960 Fleetwood emerged as a cleaned-up version of the ’59, or as Walter McCall noted, it “retrieved some of its traditional dignity.” Gone were the fake air scoops and the chrome that surrounded them; gone too were the chrome taillight pods. The fins, although only 25mm lower, looked far more elegant without the bullet taillights. A chrome molding now ran quietly along the bottom edge of the car from behind the front wheel to the end of the tail light. Nine small vertical louvers graced the extreme rear fenders and small cloisonne Fleetwood insignia replaced the larger lettering of the ’59. The top sported a leather-grained fabric that matched the body color and the interior combined wool broadcloth and leather.

Dave Hols points out that although most people think the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix was the first GM car to substantially slash the use of chrome trim, this was not the case. The 1960 Fleetwood was really the first “de-chromed” GM car, and particularly significant because of the Fleetwood’s high place in the model lineup.

The Sixty Special Fleetwood sedan had the same standard equipment as the 6200 convertible and all 6300 models. This car was outwardly distinguished by a Fleetwood script on the rear deck, nine vertical bright metal louvers on rear fenders, vertical crest medallions on front fenders and wide full-length bright metal sill underscores which extended to the fender skirts and lower rear quarter panels.


  • Motor serial numbers took the same form used in 1959
    • the first pair of symbols changed to “60” to indicate 1960 model year
    • the next symbol was a letter to indicate the model as listed below
    • the next six numbers indicated the consecutive unit number beginning with 000001
  • The serial number was located at the front of the lefthand frame side bar
  • Motor serial numbers again matched and were found on the center lefthand side of the block above the oil pan


Model No. Style No. Body Type Seat Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
60-60M 6029M

4-door Hardtop Sedan

6 $6233 2218 kg 11,800


Type V-8 Overhead valves
Block Cast iron block
Displacement 6.384 Liters
Bore and stroke 101.6mm x 98.4mm
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Brake horsepower 325 hp @ 4800 rpm
Power 242 kW @ 4800 rpm
Bearings Five main bearings
Valve Lifters Hydraulic valve lifters
Carburetors Carter two-barrel Model 2814S


Wheelbase 3302mm
Overall Length 5715mm
Tires 8.00 x 15
Dual exhausts standard
Rear axle ratios 2.94:1 standard; 3.21:1 optional or mandatory with air conditioning


Air conditioning on Series 60 $474
Air suspension on non-Eldorados $215
Autronic Eye $46
Cruise Control $97
Door guards $7
Electric door locks $70
E-Z-Eye glass $52
Fog lamps $43
Automatic heating system on Series 60 $129
License plate frame $6
Six-Way power seat $85-113 depending on style number
Power window regulators $118
Power vent windows $73
Radio with rear speaker $165
Radio with rear speaker and remote control $247
Remote control trunk lock $59
White sidewall tires, size 8.20 x 15 four-ply $57 exchange
White sidewall tires size 8.20 x 15 six-ply $64
Anti-freeze -20 ° F $8
Anti-freeze -40 ° F $9
Accessory Group “A” included whitewalls, heater, radio and E-Z-Eye glass for $402 extra and air suspension, cruise control and Eldorado engine at regular prices
Accessory Group “B” included air conditioner
Whitewalls, heater, radio and E-Z-Eye glass at $876 extra and Six-Way power seat, power vent windows and power windows at regular prices
Gas and oil delivery charge was $7 and district warehousing and handling charges averaged $15