Cadillac Tail Fins 1960-1969 – By the end of the 1960s, Cadillac was the undisputed king of the tail fins and the sales leader among American luxury cars. However more conservative styling approach used in the 1960s can be seen in the gradual shrinking of Cadillac’s famous tail fins.
1960 Cadillac Tail Fins
The Cadillac line was face lifted for 1960 and more restrained than the chrome laden 1959 Cadillac. The 1960 grille was cleaner and the tail fins were reduced in height.
1961 Cadillac Tail Fins
For 1961, Cadillac styling showed the influence of William Mitchell. Mitchell wasn’t a big fan of chrome and designed the 1961 Cadillac with a more chiseled look that was much cleaner than any Cadillac in years. Both the tail fins and front grille were smaller.
1962 Cadillac Tail Fins
The early 1960s was a period of little styling change. The 1962 Cadillac was no exception. Changes included a slightly flasher grille, small trim changes and the tail fins were lowered. 158,000 Cadillac’s were produced this year.
1963 Cadillac Tail Fins
The 1963 Cadillac restyle was something of a departure prior face lifts. The tail fins were still there, but lower than ever. The grille and rear end was massive and full width.
1964 Cadillac Tail Fins
Revisions were minor again in 1964. New lower tail fins appeared on the 1964 Cadillac along with the usual revised tail lamp housing. This convertible was one of 154,000 cadillac’s produced in 1964. Some people think this was the last year of the Cadillac tail fin. However, we think they there all the way into the 1970s.
1965 Cadillac Tail Fins
The major styling change for 1965 was a longer lower Cadillac. Rear styling consised of a horizonal rear bumper and vertical rear lamp grouping. Definitely a major change for the King of the Tail Fins. But still a tail fins and Cadillac produced almost 200,000 units.
1966 Cadillac Tail Fins
Customers like the 1966 tail fins so much that Cadillac had another 200,000 unit year. 1966 styling was a mild face lift.
1967 Cadillac Tail Fins
The 1967 cadillac line consisted of the Calais, De Ville and Fleedwood series. Grille and fenders were given a slight forward rake. But the big news for Cadillac was the new front wheel drive 1967 Cadillac Eldorado.
1968 Cadillac Eldorado Tail Fins
The new Cadillac Eldorado was based on the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado. The Eldorado had razor edge tail fin styling with a front wheel drive transaxle.
1969 Cadillac Tail Fins
The 1969 Cadillac had completely revamped body that featured tail fins and a squarer roof line. The grille was new the and hood was longer. The King of the Tail fins had another outstanding year for 1969. 266,798 units were made making Cadillac a top 10 producer.