In the 1940s, General Motors couldn’t be bothered by Louis Ritter, a New York furrier, who wanted a special Cadillac convertible for his new wife. GM said it was too busy keeping up with demand with other cars. So, Ritter sought out a different solution. He wanted a custom convertible built on a Cadillac chassis with an automatic transmission so his wife could drive it.
Enter what you see here: a coachbuilt 1948 Cadillac Series 62 convertible hailing from France. Ritter was intrigued by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik’s work and tasked the coachbuilder with creating the special Cadillac. Saoutchik wielded his design to pen a very different Cadillac with elegant lines and flowing creases. Ritter took delivery of the car in 1949.
Shortly after that, he sold the car and it traded hands with different owners over the past few decades. The car was completely restored in recent years and sat in pristine condition. It still bears Ritter’s initials on the radiator shell.
The car sold for $857,000 at RM Sotheby’s New York Icons auction last week. We think the beautiful automobile is worth every penny.