Even 75-plus years after rolling off the assembly line, Cadillac models from the 1940s have a strong presence on the road – as well as an equally strong presence in the collector marketplace. “Standing proud in pristine condition, this classic beauty exudes an aura of sophistication that transcends eras,” says the seller of today’s featured dream-machine.
The Series 62 held its place as a full-size luxury car at the high end of General Motors’ lineup between 1940 and 1964. When the first all-new post-war Cadillacs hit showrooms in 1948, they had obtained tailfins that were aircraft-inspired. The rear end design was mirrored after the Lockheed P-38 fighter plane, and the result was a silhouette that was both aerodynamic and attractive. In typical fashion for the era, the car was also adorned with a great deal of lustrous brightwork, wheel skirts, and wide whitewall tires. There was no mistaking this rolling status symbol for anything less than a Cadillac.
Under the hood, the 331cid OHV V8 which debuted for model year 1949 offered a number of engineering advancements when compared to the outgoing flathead V8. It was rated at 160 horsepower and weighed 200 pounds less than the previous engine. This new motor was one of the factors that contributed to the Series 62’s record success that year (sales topped 55,643 units).
As stunning as the body of the car is, I am also particularly fond of the clean, smooth dashboard design inside the cabin. It appears to have a woodgrain-like finish but is finished in a high-gloss treatment that gleams in the sunlight. The center-dash has a proud winged Cadillac crest, and amenities include a push-button radio, a clock, and full gauges. This was a luxury car after all, and it needed to look like one.
“Owning this automotive masterpiece means holding a piece of history – one that symbolizes an era of opulence and craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. This 1949 Cadillac 62 Series isn’t just a car; it’s a statement of refined taste and an emblem of automotive excellence,” the listing concludes.
The asking price is $75,000 or best offer for the three-quarter-century old Caddy.