By Daniel Strohl
Pink Cadillac. Photo courtesy Bonhams.
Pink Cadillac art courtesy of Danny Whitfield
Though Cadillac never offered pink as a factory option in 1959, that hasn’t kept pink 1959 Cadillac convertibles from becoming iconic expressions of postwar American exuberance, nor has it kept Hollywood filmmakers from perennially featuring them. One such pink 1959 Cadillac – the titular vehicle of the 1989 Clint Eastwood flick Pink Cadillac – will soon head to auction, though, ironically, nowhere near the United States.
A staple in film and in rock and roll since Elvis cruised around in one in the 1950s, pink Cadillacs seemed to return to fashion in the mid- to late 1980s, when Bruce Springsteen wrote a song called “Pink Cadillac,” and when such cars appeared prominently in the 1986 Danny DeVito movie Wise Guys and a pair of 1989 movies, Fletch Lives and Pink Cadillac. The latter movie featured Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters and plenty of screen time for a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible while the two main characters drove across the American West. As many reviewers noted, the movie seemed to exist only to ham up the juxtaposition of Eastwood and such a flamboyant car.
The Cadillac used for the film, chassis number 59F043341, originally came from Cadillac’s Detroit assembly plant painted white with a 325-hp, four-barrel 390-cu.in. V-8 under the hood. According to Bonhams, which will offer the Cadillac at no reserve at its Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais auction, it was repainted pink for the movie and has remained so through a 1994 restoration. Bonhams expects the Cadillac to sell for €25,000 to €35,000, or about $34,000 to $47,000.
A number of other American cars will cross the block at the same auction, including a Hemi-powered 1966 Plymouth Satellite, a pair of 1959 Fords – one a Sunliner, the other a Skyliner – and a 1959 Imperial Crown Southampton four-door hardtop sedan.
The Bonhams Grand Palais auction will take place Thursday. For more information, visit Bonhams.com.