1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
Chassis no. 5662060612
Engine no. 5662024666
364ci OHV V8 engine
Single Carter WCFB four-barrel carburetor
285bhp at 4,600rpm
Three-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
Independent coil spring front suspension and a solid rear axle
Four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic brakes
-Recently mechanically rebuilt
-Handsome color scheme
-A fine Cadillac droptop
The Series 62
For 1956, Cadillac models received a new look, even if they weren't actually new models. The facelift involved a revised grille, revised front bumper and repositioned parking lights. Buyers had a choice of the standard satin finish or gold for the grille. Other molding and trim changes were hallmarks of the '56 models.
Most owners probably didn't care about the minor changes. What they cared about was that they could show neighbors, friends and business associates that they were successful. And it took success to shell out between $4,200 and $4,700 for a new Series 62 Cadillac.
Any Cadillac was a mighty fine ride in 1956, but a Series 62 Convertible Coupe was really something special. When you wrote the check for about $4,711, there was no need to add anything extra for the hydraulic window lifts, which were optional on lesser models. Throw in all that engine, power steering, power brakes, Hydra-Matic and a power top, and few cars offered more luxuryat any price.
The Motorcar Offered
Close your eyes and imagine the business man who probably ordered this new Cadillac. A Roger Sterling or Don Draper type, he was probably tall, his suit was conservatively cut, but expensive, his shoes gleamed and he wore a hatmost likely a fedora. When he went to that dealership, he didn't order a car in a color to blend into the background, not when he had some 17 colors to choose from. No, he ordered something exciting, like Sonic Blue. The interior was black leather and the top was white, perfectly off-setting the exterior shade. And just imagine the response the first time he took his wife to the country club for the Saturday night dinner dance. The young valets jostled to be the one to take this car away. That quarter tip wasn't what they were after; they just wanted bragging rights for driving this fine set of wheels to the back lot and back.
With some $42,000 spent on this Caddy in recent years, it will still woo on lookers just like it did 57 years ago. The engine, transmission and rest of the drivetrain has been rebuilt only about 3,000 miles ago. While it is reported to go down the road with gusto, the power features are also reported to be in good nick and working as well. Accompanied by receipts documenting the work completed, grab your nicest fedora and skinny tie and head out on the town.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit