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Lot 148

1958 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

  • Chassis no. 58F048074
  • Body no. 3367

Sold for $60,500

310 bhp, 365 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulically actuated power drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129.5 in.

  • Almost entirely original and unrestored
  • Fewer than 25,000 actual miles
  • Documented by a copy of its original build information sheet
  • A wonderful Preservation Class entrant

General Motors’ designers began work on the new 1958 models as early as 1955, at a time when “chrome was king” and the American economy was still roaring along on the strength of post-war dominance. It is no surprise that the 1958 models were the most glitzy and audacious that GM had ever produced, with chrome especially lavished upon the top-of-the-line Cadillacs, stretched over 129.5-inch-wheelbase chassis and powered by robust 365-cubic inch V-8 engines. Unfortunately, by 1958 the economy had declined into a recession, resulting in low sales across the board of these glamorous dreamboats. Among the rare models was the Series 62 Convertible, of which 7,825 were produced.

The unrestored Alpine White Series 62 Convertible offered here was acquired from its second owner over a decade ago, and it has been very well maintained. The owner notes that when he purchased the Cadillac, “even the lower radiator hose was still original, although I eventually had to replace that because it started leaking. I also had to install new coil springs, which I acquired from Eaton, the original supplier, which made them to the original specifications. Even the pedals and the piping around the driver’s seat look new, and when I took off the wheels, the brake shoes appear hardly worn!” Indeed, almost all of the car’s cosmetic finishes, with the exception of a new convertible top, are still original, down to the weather-stripping in the doors. The interior is particularly spectacular, having been well preserved since new. The spare tire is still in the trunk and appears never to have been used!

Showing 24,457 miles at the time of cataloguing, with mileage documented by paperwork from previous owners, this is easily one of the best-preserved 1958 Cadillacs in existence. It would be a standout in the Post-war Preservation class at any concours d’elegance or Cadillac show.

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