1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible CoupeSOLD

1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions Americas Auburn Spring event, May 13-15, 2011

$ 75,000 - $ 95,000 US

The true postwar design history at Cadillac begins not with the first car off the line in late 1945 but with the development of the 1948 model. The war provided unique influence to the automotive designer, many of which came out of the aircraft industry; and yet automotive designers had 4 long years to formulate new concepts based not only on these or pre-war designs but from a myriad of ideas. Initiated into the profession of automotive design at the Walter M Murphy Body Company in Beverly Hills, California, Franklin Hershey created special automobile bodies for movie stars and millionaires. Later, he settled into a position with General Motors in Detroit. There, he developed a Bentley-style radiator for Pontiac quickly gaining the young stylist recognition and support of Harley Earl, GM's chief designer and himself the father of GM's artistic side. One day in the late thirties, Earl received government permission through a friend to take some of his best designers to Michigan's Selfridge Field to see a secret military aircraft. Though no one knew it then, this field trip was destined to become legendary in the history of automotive design. On the runway sat the thirteenth Lockheed P-38 Lightning. However, the effect of the plane's design would encompass much more than that for the future. Bill Mitchell remarked later, We saw that you could take one line and continue it from the cowl all the way back to the tip of the tail, that you could have one unbroken, flowing line. Hershey was also impressed with the plane's aerodynamic flow, and when he got back to his studio he began experimenting with the line of the tailfin he had seen. He worked with that idea, but both he and Mitchell moved on to other design projects before they left GM to serve in the Navy during World War II. Even so, meeting up with the P-38 Lightning had cast a spell over all the designers who had seen it. This spell would carry through the long war to the introduction of the 1948 Cadillac almost a decade later and for years thereafter. When the new models debuted late in 1947, it was clear that Cadillac's influence from the war years would carry on for years to come. Extraordinarily rare with few examples known worldwide to the Cadillac and LaSalle Club, this 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was one of just 5,450 examples produced during the truncated model year. Finished in period-correct hues contrasting gray inside and out, this car was sold new in California and retained by the original owner for many decades who drove it sparingly. The car offers many power accessories including hydraulic top, windows and front seat as well as a vacuum-controlled power antenna. Under the hood, the best year for the 346 cubic inch L-head Cadillac V-8 engine with over 150 hp on tap and a smooth and reliable 4-speed Hydra Matic fluid-coupling automatic transmission were rebuilt not long ago for well over $8,000. The rest of the car was restored shortly thereafter at a cost in excess of $110,000 by the current owner over a period of nearly 4 years and as such it remains in excellent condition. Set up for touring as well as the show circuit, it is a stunning work of automotive artwork that lacks neither character nor drivability. !

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Reference Number 124102

as of 5/4/2011

Car 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe