1960 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Limousine Is Down On the Denver Street

Murilee Martin
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Photo credit: Murilee Martin
Photo credit: Murilee Martin

Since I revived the Down On the Street series for the Mile High City, we've seen a 1984 Ford LTD, a 1965 Rambler Classic and a 1991 Chevrolet Cavalier coupe so far, all braving a cold Colorado winter. Now spring is here and we're going to take a look at a very rare luxury machine that's— technically speaking— down on the Denver alley.

Photo credit: Murilee Martin
Photo credit: Murilee Martin

The older parts of Denver have alleys between most of the north-south-oriented streets, and this Fleetwood Seventy-Five limousine has been waiting in one of those alleys, not far from downtown, for several years now.

Photo credit: Murilee Martin
Photo credit: Murilee Martin

When I moved to Denver nearly 11 years ago, I'd see this very distinctive car moving under its own power now and then. Then, at some point during the middle of the 2010s, it got parked. These cars were so well-built that I trust it won't be too hard to revive this one… someday.

Photo credit: Murilee Martin
Photo credit: Murilee Martin

The most expensive Cadillac you could buy in the 1960 model year was the Eldorado Brougham, which listed at a highest-of-high-rollers-appropriate $13,075 (about $118,200 in 2021 dollars). The Fleetwood Seventy-Five Limousine started at $9,748 (about $88,125 now).

Photo credit: Murilee Martin
Photo credit: Murilee Martin

I think the 1960 models had the greatest tailfins of any Cadillacs ever made; they weren't as overdecorated as the gingerbread-laden 1959 fins but still had serious space-travel-grade height and sharpness. Are they as spectacular as the 1960 Dodge station wagon fins? That's a tough call!

Photo credit: Murilee Martin
Photo credit: Murilee Martin

The good-for-five-years collector-car tags expired in 2015, but I have high hopes that this car's owner will get it back on the road soon.