1958 Cadillac Series 62 Hardtop Coupe
Chassis no. 58G08797O
Engine no. 58G08797O
365ci V8 engine
Stylish Hardtop Coupe with factory a/c
Dazzling period color combination
Very original example of this 1950s icon
Recently chosen as a Motor Trend Classic feature car
Recent enjoyable test drive
During the immediate post-war period, Cadillac, under the direction of Harley Earl, produced some of the world's most attractive automobiles and pioneered the ultimate direction for American automobile styling over the next decade. The cars surpassed their competition not only visually but technologically as well, introducing a potent OHV V-8 in 1949, which was no doubt a factor in Motor Trend's decision to christen the 1949 Cadillac as their very first "Car of the Year". During this period, the Cadillac brand truly lived up to its slogan "Standard of the World".
Cadillacs were status symbols a Cadillac in the driveway certainly emblematic of the American Dream and while the cars offered luxurious appointments, they could also be driven with some vigor. This was proven by Briggs Cunningham, who to the utter disbelief of the French entered the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans with an essentially stock Series 61 Coupe, and managed to finish an incredible 10th place overall.
A new X-braced chassis frame enabled the 1957 Cadillacs to feature longer, lower bodies offering undiminished interior space, while sporting dual rear lights and tail fins larger than ever before. General Motors' chief stylist Harley Earl had introduced tail fins on the 1948 Cadillacs, and the device would reach its zenith in 1959 before fading away. The Series 62 was built on the 129.5 inch wheelbase chassis and, like all '57 Cadillacs, came with a 365ci V8 engine. Automatic transmission, power steering and power-assisted brakes were standard on all models. Regarded as "Motordom's Masterpiece", the 1958 Cadillac range featured revised styling, including quad headlamps, less pronounced tail fins and different ornamentation. The Series 62 was available in seven different body styles (either in two or four-door configuration) along with three Eldorado Special variants. The car offered here was designated the Model 58G with style number 6237 translated this meant a Hardtop Coupe, of which 18,736 were built in 1958. Mechanically the '58 Cadillacs were unchanged other than a raised compression ratio (up from 10:1 to 10.25:1) raising power to 310bhp at 4800rpm.
Featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Motor Trend Classic and finished in the dazzling color combination of Daphne Blue with Turquoise vinyl and Black Moroccan cloth upholstery, this exceptional 1958 Cadillac Hardtop Coupe boasts factory air conditioning and presents in stock, original condition.
The previous owner bought this matching numbers car in October 2000 following an exhaustive quest for a Fifties-era classic. He undertook extensive mechanical work, including rebuilding the front end, shocks, brakes including master cylinder, steering box, carburetor and new tires. The body was repainted in the original color but the interior was deemed good enough to preserve other than replacing the carpets, while the trunk was treated to a new kit.
Sold to the most recent owner in March 2006, the Cadillac has required only routine maintenance since, including a rebuilt carburetor and the replacement of both the water and fuel pumps. The air conditioning is complete but not currently operating. The car took 2nd in Class at the 2006 Cad-LaSalle Grand National in Irvine, California and we are informed by the vendor that it has traveled just over 96,000 miles in the past 54 years. A quintessential slice of 1950s Americana, this Caddy is ready to cruise!