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
Higher compression and improved breathing yielded 30 more for '55 -- 250
except for the plush Eldorado convertible, which had moved from 1953
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
these years. For example, the division responded to buyer preference in
transmissions by standardizing self-shift Hydra-Matic for all its '55s.
had obviously gauged the market well, as sales of the 62 convertible,
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.