CHASSIS NO: 496213280
• Recipient of a meticulous restoration in 2016
• Over $180,000 in receipts with the car
• Original California car finished in factory original colors
• First year for Cadillac’s 331 V-8 engine
• Last year of the highly desirable split windshield
331 cid OHV V-8 engine rated at 160 HP, GM Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension, leaf-spring rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126”
When World War II ended, American car companies entered into some of the most prosperous years they would ever have. After years of suspended car production, the motoring public clamored for new cars and Detroit couldn’t built them fast enough. By 1949, Detroit had rolled out their new designs and right up front was Cadillac, who would have a banner year. Not only was the company selling record numbers of cars, but they also had a car for anyone who wanted a little more luxury in their daily transportation. Classy convertibles, opulent limousines, and gorgeous sedans were all featured in the Cadillac lineup of fine cars. In particular, if top down driving was desired, the Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe was the answer. Riding on a 126-inch wheelbase, the Series 62 sold for $3,497 and rode like a cloud.
Offered here is an excellent example of this fine car that was the recipient of a full and complete restoration that has returned it to factory fresh condition. Over $180,000 was spent in making this one of the best examples of Cadillac’s Series 62 convertible in existence. The detailing of this Series 62 is immaculate, from its mirror-like brilliant black finish to its meticulous interior in rich red upholstery. Cadillac had debuted their all-new body styling in 1948, and 1949 was the big year for engineering with their all-new 331 cubic-inch overhead valve V-8 engine that would go on to become the standard of the industry. A larger grille up front also made for more chrome and gave the Series 62 a massive front-end appearance. These design and engineering attributes are perfectly executed on this car that would easily score high numbers on any concours field. Nothing was overlooked in the restoration of this convertible as all paintwork and chrome were refurbished to perfection and it was finished in its factory original color of black. A tan convertible top offers an excellent contrast and chrome side spears are elegantly styled on each side. At the rear is Cadillac’s signature design cue with the two subtle tailfins that were introduced in 1948 and gave just a subtle hint of the fin wars that would take Detroit by storm in just a few years. The interior is just what one would expect from a luxury car with beautiful leather and a dashboard that’s pure style. A panoramic view greets the driver, and 1949 would be the last for Cadillac’s spilt front windshield. Rich leather is also found in the rear seat that has ample room for passengers. Power for this convertible comes from one of Cadillac’s best, a 331 cubic-inch overhead valve V-8 rated at 160 horsepower. This is also a numbers-matching example and, in keeping with the rest of the car, the engine bay is highly detailed and presents in fine condition. Power reaches the rear wheels through Cadillac’s automatic transmission and this is a car that can easily cruise at modern highway speeds all day long. This Cadillac also rides on a set of wide whitewall tires with full hubcaps for the classic cruiser look. This is an original California car and, since its restoration in 2016, it has been driven a mere 200 miles.
The Cadillac name has always stood for luxury, but this Series 62 convertible gives us a glimpse of the company’s sporting side. With power to spare and great styling, this is a car that’s right at home on the show field or the open highway.