A fine and distinctively beautiful automobile.
The delivery scheduled meant that I could spend most of the day in SF. After cruising North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf, I decide to check out Haight-Ashbury.
Not knowing the city, I checked out the map and found a street that ran out there. Well, as I drove, the area got darker and darker. "free Huey Newton" and "Black Power" signs appeared more and more frequently. And, here I was, a Honky in a pink '59 Caddy hardtop". After a bit, the car in front of me stops in the middle of the block and the people start jawing with a dude standing in front of a bar. with the traffic and parked cars there was nowhere I could go. Anywhere else I might have honked the horn, but not wanting be looked at as a Honky giving a Brother a bad time, I just stayed cool. Eventually the dude from the bar saunters over and hops in their car. So, once again, I was off to Haight-Ashbury... but that's another story!
Gas in 1959 cost about $1.50/gallon in today's money. This is not exactly giving it away.
Given significantly lower wages at the time, it is likely that an average person had to work longer to buy a gallon of gas in 1959 than today.
Contrary to what some on this forum think, cars back then were generally slower, less reliable, less comfortable, and less safe.
But they sure were better looking.