Steve W 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special 4dr Sedan

My 5025 pound Family Heirloom

This past May marked the “Golden Anniversary plus 2” of my association with this vehicle as it was acquired from my great uncle’s estate by my father on May 1, 1962 for the sum of $1600. As the Secretary-Treasurer of the Bluff City Brewery of Alton Illinois (1882 to 1952), my great uncle Ernest J. Netzhammer (1890 to 1962) needed to drive a car that fit his stature. Unfortunately, until the arrival of the 1938 Sixty Special, Cadillac did not cater to the affluent owner who wished to drive his own vehicle. Due to his conservative nature, it was not until the 1940 version of this car that he purchased his first one for $2,325 which was scribbled in a large color Cadillac Fleetwood brochure. Changing only the color, he bought another in 1946 and then again in 1950 followed by a dark blue 1954 before this last Prestwick Gray Fleetwood Sixty Special arrived on July 10, 1958. Unfortunately, when we first pulled it into our detached 1940’s garage, its nearly nineteen foot length didn’t fit in the allowed eighteen foot space. However, after the heavy sectional door was relocated – my mother got the first Sears automatic garage door opener in the neighborhood. At the 2009 “Motor Muster” held at the Henry Ford Museum, an appropriate backdrop for this un-restored original car was found. It was none other than a restored 1953 GM “Futurliner” which was used in their “Parade of Progress” in the 1950’s. As the iconic 1959 is known for its extravagance, I refer to this 1958 as “conservatively ostentatious”. While I certainly looked strange using this car in High School, I am pleased to say that I am finally “maturing” into it now and enjoy driving it back to my Reunions as well as using it in other events like the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in the Detroit area. Though it is promised to my nephew when I surrender the keys, if I play my cards right – perhaps I too can give it to my great nephew. The photo of the Futurliner and my vehicle is available, but I don't know how to load it with this story. Perhaps someone at Hagerty would advise on how that is done - thanks.

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