Have you noticed the stainess steel side trim on the CDV the convertibles and other models in our years cars is in the-- EXACT PERFECT location to help prevent any damage happening to the paint on those sides of the car
Car door dings in partking lots - shopping carts etc ( you name it )
Just a very interesting observation after 50 plus years of ownership and the paint holding up exceptionally well in those locations
That side trim was just good designing by Harley Earl i would be thinking

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I agree Tony, while I love the no side trim look on my Fleetwood, I just can't take a chance parking next to someone in a lot because of the lack of the side trim. It has a recent re-paint and zero door dings right now, I have to be careful where I park to keep it that way.

It was great designing by Bill Mitchell. And in spite of the obvious  benefits of the trim and its placement which were known to the designers, a conscious decision was made NOT to add the trim to the sides of the Fleetwood 60S (and 64 and up Eldorados), owing to the desire to preserve the distinctive, bare-sided look. Not until the 1970 models were the Fleetwoods  and Eldorados treated to what the 63-64 62s and DeVilles had.

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