1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible CoupeSOLD
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Estimate: $80,000-$110,000 US

Sold: $99,000

160bhp, 331 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

As many upmarket automakers struggled to retool for civilian production after the end of World War II, Cadillac emerged as the leader in the luxury market, both in style and power. Visually, the fully restyled 1948 models featured sleeker envelope styling, smooth front fenders and less-pronounced rear fenders. The company’s cars featured Harley Earl’s tailfins, inspired by the Lockheed P-38 fighter aircraft. Inside, a fully revamped interior benefited from a new instrument panel design, door moldings and trim.

For 1949, the new 331 cubic inch, overhead valve V8 engine was introduced. While its initial output was 160 horsepower, just 10 more than its predecessor, the new engine was smoother, better performing and more economical. The British magazine The Motor declared, “…the car offers astonishing value for the money. It has performance which few makes can rival, even fewer surpass, a general silence of running which many will consider unbeaten, and an ease in driving.”

While Cadillac offered no fewer than four series in its landmark 1949 model year, the Series 62 Convertible Coupe stands out as a collector favorite. This excellent example has won a first place award at the Greenwich Concours, and continues to display an excellent body-off restoration that was completed by Harbor Auto Restoration in 2004. Handsomely finished with a light blue exterior and a dark blue convertible top, the Cadillac also features rear fender skirts, wide whitewall tires and a set of steel wheels with the very attractive sombrero wheel covers. The interior is lovely as well, trimmed in blue leather upholstery. Equipped for comfortable cruising enjoyment, the car also includes a standard power seat, power window lifts and a smooth-shifting Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

More than a mere luxury car, the 1949 Cadillac model line remains the very first Motor Trend Car of the Year. Unlike many collector cars, this one can be driven and enjoyed with confidence at today’s highway speeds, thanks to its advanced engineering features. Given its dashing styling, formidable V8 and plush appointments it certainly remains an outstanding vehicle by any collector’s standards.

Reference Number 38599

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
VIN 496233721 
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