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Lot 333
1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

CHASSIS NO: 8459235

• Older comprehensive restoration
• CCCA Full Classic® and CCCA National First award winner
• Well-equipped with heater, clock and radio
• Harley Earl styling with rear fender skirts

346 cid V-8 engine, 150 HP, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 129”

Although the post-war Cadillac V-8 engines retained the displacement and rated horsepower of their pre-war counterparts, many of their internal parts were improved for greater strength and reliability. Likewise, the state-of-the-art Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was also improved using the lessons learned in wartime. Stylistically, just as the 1946 models were a modest makeover of the pre-war 1941-1942 design, the 1947 Cadillac line represented a subtle yet sophisticated freshening of the 1946 models. Interestingly, material shortages and intense pent-up demand for new automobiles during the immediate post-WW II years resulted in tens of thousands of unfilled orders. According to historian Maurice D. Hendry, author of the classic book “Cadillac: Standard of the World, the Complete Seventy-Year History,” an upper-level decision at GM alleviated the problem, with Fortune magazine stating “…that if there were going to be more customers than cars, it might as well be generous with the division that could return the most dollars per pound of steel.” Results were excellent with Cadillac posting total sales of 61,926 units for 1947 and finally surpassing Packard once and for all as America’s best-selling luxury marque by nearly 11,000 units. However, examples were limited when it came to the Series 62 Convertible as only 6,755 vehicles were built for 1947.

This dashing Series 62 Convertible Coupe was a central piece to Cadillac’s post-war success as a top-line prestige model, with sleek and athletic bodylines enhanced by retrained yet effective brightwork and low-profile power convertible top. Having been treated to an older comprehensive restoration, this Series 62 still presents quite well only showing minor spots of road rash throughout the paint. Backed by the automotive mind of Harley Earl, the sleek body was painted in a period-correct blue that works alongside the re-chromed trim to create an iconic stance. The rear features fender skirts, while the front offers a new for-the-year styling five-piece chrome grille. The power convertible top is reported to go up and down with ease and comes with a nicely fitted boot cover. Proving its previous restoration was done to a nice standard, this Series 62 carries a CCCA National First award pinned to its coachwork. Power is derived from its V-8 engine that produces a smooth 150 horsepower and is backed by a refined Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission. Known to be comfortable for its occupants during long drives, the interior comes with an older comprehensive restoration as well, featuring equipment such as a heater, clock, radio and power seats. A Full Classic® with nice road manners, this 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible will be sure to give its next owner many more wonderful miles with the top down.

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