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Image: 1965 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham and interior detailDoes it or doesn't it? That was the big question in 1965, when Cadillac's slick 1965 restyle did away with one of its most famous and successful styling features ever...the tail fin. Or did it? General consensus at the time was that yes, Cadillac had indeed axed the tail fin, but later models would continue to cleverly show just a hint of fin. Clever indeed!

A notable new option was added to Cadillac's top luxury model for 1965, making it the Fleetwood Brougham. Consisting of a padded, grained vinyl roof with a dual-beaded molding that bordered the window frames and lower roof edges. A thin body color band separated the molding and window frames, which gave the luxurious Brougham additional distinction. "Brougham" script appeared on the roof sail panel, just behind the Cadillac wreath and crest emblem, which was placed at the lower roof edge behind the rear door glass. So popular was this option in its first year, it became a separate model for 1966!

Cadillac for 1965 was new everywhere you looked with completely redesigned exterior styling from front to rear, luxurious new interiors with an elegant new instrument panel that placed controls, ash trays, and radio in convenient locations for both driver and front seat passengers. Even the glove compartment was located at the center of the panel, easy for the driver to access when needed.

Production of 181,435 Cadillacs for 1965 set an all-time record for the fourth consecutive year. And 83 percent of those cars were ordered with factory-installed air conditioning.

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