1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible  Chassis no. 62F126692

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Lot 439
1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible
Chassis no. 62F126692

Sold for US$ 33,350 inc. premium
1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible
Chassis no. 62F126692
* 390cid ohv V8
* Automatic transmission

* Elegant, restrained '62 lines
* $10,000 in recent receipts
* Attractive American convertible

With their jet fighter styling, glitzy chrome trim, color-matched interiors and jukebox instrumentation, Cadillacs of the late '50s/early '60s epitomize an era when nothing succeeded like excess. Their over-the-top tail fins remain controversial even today. By the late 1950s Cadillacs incorporated new X-braced tubular chassis frames that increased structural rigidity while making possible lower body lines without loss of interior space; although hardly any larger than before, these restyled and low-slung Caddies looked bigger, which was all that mattered. They also sported fashionable tail fins. General Motors' chief stylist Harley Earl had introduced fins on the 1948 Cadillacs and the device would reach its zenith in 1959.

For 1960 the fins were toned down just a little and the overall look was slightly more restrained. Base model Series 6200 cars came with power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission as standard, while the DeVille Series 6300 offered power windows and seats in addition.

The subject car comes to sale from a prominent private collection of cars that are used rather than shown. In keeping with this remit, the Cadillac has benefited from considerable recent work to bring it to usable and presentable order, this has included: the fitment of a new top, four new radial tires, a brake overhaul, resealing of the transmission, rebuilds of the generator and power steering as well as new weather stripping, a comprehensive sorting of the electric and fuel delivery systems and repainting and detailing of its engine. All told, the bills in the last year amount to more than $10,000, the work being carried out by OMAG of Palm Springs.

The result is a well sorted driver quality example of this popular and jet age design. In addition the original radio has been reconfigured to AM/FM specs and with an auxiliary function to allow an Ipod to be played through it. So, basically, it's time to put the top down and cruise along to your favorite tunes.

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1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible  Chassis no. 62F126692
1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible  Chassis no. 62F126692
1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible  Chassis no. 62F126692
1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible  Chassis no. 62F126692
1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible  Chassis no. 62F126692
1962 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible  Chassis no. 62F126692
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