Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville
Year: 1955 Style: 2 Door Convertible
Color: White/Red Engine: 331 CID V8
Price: SOLD Chassis#: 5562114181

It seemed Cadillac could do no wrong in the mid-'50s -- each year's cars carefully planned to build on the appeal of previous models, as with the 1955 Cadillac Series 62. The '54 Caddy's had been fully restyled to look more contemporary yet still unmistakably Cadillac. Because size was everything, wheelbases stretched three inches across the board, out to 129 on the Series 62. A deft facelift made this package even more attractive for '55, highlighted by a smoother hood, broader grille, and artfully revised exterior trim.

Cadillac's 331-cubic-inch V-8 was still state of the engine art, and retuning added 20 horsepower for '54. Higher compression and improved breathing yielded 30 more for '55 -- 250 in all except for the plush Eldorado convertible, which had moved from 1953 limited edition to regular-model status; it boasted an exclusive 270-bhp V-8.

Besides a consistent product formula, close attention to customer tastes fueled much of Cadillacs success in these years. For example, the division responded to buyer preference in transmissions by standardizing self-shift Hydra-Matic for all its '55s. Cadillac had obviously gauged the market well, as sales of the 62 convertible, for instance, jumped by 1840 units to 8150.

This nicely-restored example has been a Washington State car it's entire life, being owned by a local Seattle area Cadillac dealer as his personal driver for the first 30 or so years of its life. It was a well-loved family car before being restored it to its current condition. 38 coats of hand-rubbed white lacquer paint were applied, the engine was totally rebuilt and the leather interior has been completely restored at about 88,000 miles. It also received a new factory-correct top and new chrome.  It was subsequently purchased by a childhood friend of the original owner, who subsequently rebuilt the transmission and carburetor, installed all new brakes, u-joints and a new radiator. The car has been driven a total of less than 96K miles since new and needs very little, as it looks and runs great. The power top and all accessories work as they should, the paint and bright work are beautiful and the interior is also very nice. The engine bay looks good, but could use a bit of detailing, as could a few other small areas of the car. All in all, it is an excellent and nicely-presented driver and could be shown with a minimal amount of work and money spent.

There are a some spare parts that come with the car, as they were purchased with the car. They include: 1) original rims, 2) original stainless steel hubcaps, 3) a full front end, 4) suspension package, 5) a steering box, 6) pair of spare heads. All purchased because they were available not because of need.

The car can be seen and driven in Kirkland, WA (near Seattle) and be arranged by contacting Dominic Dobson at 206-660-0399.


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