Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
The early fifties were a wonderful, prosperous time in America. A seemingly insatiable demand for all products, especially automobiles, created one of the country’s greatest periods of economic expansion. Accordingly, the American automobile manufacturers created the most exciting era of automotive excess the world had seen. At the heart of it all was GM’s traveling Motorama, a no-holds-barred display of dazzling technology and stunning styling.
Leading the way was GM’s luxury brand; flashy styling and high performance made Cadillac the choice of a new generation of buyers. Young and exciting, Cadillac displaced Packard as the leader in the fine car market. 1952 would be an especially important year for Cadillac, as it marked the luxury car company’s 50th anniversary. To commemorate its golden anniversary, the 1952 Series 62 models were fitted with a golden vee beneath the Cadillac emblem on the hood. While a host of other minor updates freshened the new cars, the big news was under the hood – horsepower output was up a whopping 30 bhp over 1951 – making the 1952 Cadillacs the most powerful cars in America.
To maintain its edge over the competition, Cadillac made a host of options standard equipment in 1952, including self-winding clocks, dual-range Hydra-Matic drive, glare-proof mirrors, upgraded directional turn signals, stannate treated pistons and four-barrel carburetion. Hydraulic power windows were standard equipment on the Series 62 Convertible Coupe.
The most stylish Cadillac offered in 1952 was without a doubt the Series 62 Convertible Coupe – the only open-air model for 1952. With a price tag of $4,110 and a production total of just 6,400 units, it was both the most expensive Series 62 and the most rare, representing just 7 percent of total production that year.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
190 bhp, 331 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine with Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, live rear axle and four-wheel power assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126".
Source: RM Auctions
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