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Lot 166: Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

St. John's (formerly Meadow Brook), RM Auctions (30 July 2011)

150 bhp, 346 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129" - From the Lyle Reiswig Collection - One of only about 300 built for the model year - Very presentable, restored example that has been CCCA judged Cadillac introduced new styling in 1941. For the first time, headlights were fully integrated into the front fenders, and a horizontal-theme grille stretched from side to side. The following year, a new, bolder grille was added, and front fenders were extended into the doors, a GM hallmark that year that would last through the 1940s. A new fresh-air heating and ventilating system was introduced, ducted from the grille rather than a cowl-top ventilator. All models had improved brakes, and Series 62 and Sixty Special models received new instrument panels. The self-shifting Hydra-Matic transmission, introduced on Cadillacs the previous year, continued to gain favor. More than 60 percent of all 1942 Cadillacs were so equipped. Just a single convertible was offered, a coupe style in the 62 Series. It had a full rear seat and retractable quarter glass in the rear, and the top raised and lowered electrically. Available only in Deluxe trim, body style 6267-D was built in just 308 units before World War II shut down the auto industry in February 1942. Restored fewer than 5,000 miles ago, we are told this car was judged at 99 points for Senior Division First in Class at the Classic Car Club of America Michigan meet in July 2001. It carries CCCA Senior badge number 2293 as well as a Cadillac LaSalle Club badge and shows evidence of having been driven and enjoyed since restoration. The car presents well throughout and is an ideal candidate for touring duty, equipped with a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, a heater and such features as an aftermarket water-temperature gauge. Adjustment of door fit would be advisable, along with the corresponding paint repair required, should the car be returned for a turn on the show field. The 1940-47 Series 62 Cadillac is a popular car for vintage touring. Its recognition by CCCA as a Full Classic and its excellent road performance make it a favorite for CARavans.

Lot Details
Auction St. John's (formerly Meadow Brook)
RM Auctions, The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan
TypeCar
Lot Number166
Estimate$75000-$100000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$93500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1942
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Mileage-
Chassis number8384112
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Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2