Fully Restored 1958 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Headed To Auction13
Debuting in 1940, the Cadillac Series 62 (known then as the 40-62) had a new sleek design with a more aerodynamic windshield, and a rear window with more curve than previous models. The Series 62 shared its body platform with the Buick Roadmaster, the Olds Series 90, and the Pontiac Custom Torpedo. The C-body offered more shoulder and hip room, courtesy of over five inches in increased width and streamlined styling that eliminated running boards. When optioned with the Hydramatic automatic transmission that repositioned the shifter from the floor to the steering column, the Series 62 could seat six comfortably.
The Series 62 became a staple in the Cadillac line. By 1958, the 62 was in the final year of its fifth generation. 1958 brought the Series 62 a facelift with two headlights per side arranged horizontally, an all-new wider grille, and new bumper guards with driving lights positioned directly beneath. Dual tail lights were positioned below more subtle tail fins and above the bumper-exit exhaust. Five horizontal spears were located under the rear belt moldings just ahead of the rear wheel openings. As was the case with so many GM cars of the 1950s and 1960s, the 1958 Cadillac Series 62 was a one-year-only body style.
Our feature Cadillac Series 62 convertible is resplendent in Dakota Red over black and white leather, with a white vinyl top. It has been the subject of a frame-off restoration, and shows only 47,199 miles on the odometer.
The exterior presents beautifully in Dakota Red. Chrome bumpers and the extensive chrome and stainless trim are all brilliant. The grille, hood and trunk V crests and tailfin lettering are all in gold. Painted steel wheels feature full wheel covers and wide whitewall bias-ply tires. The power convertible top fits snugly, with no undue wrinkling noted. A white convertible boot covers the top when down.
Inside the Cadillac Series 62, the front and rear bench seats have been recovered in two-tone brilliant white and black leather. The expansive dash is covered with a black dash pad. To the left of the instrument binnacle, an Autronic Eye automatic headlight dimmer is mounted. This handsome Caddy is equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows, and the aforementioned power top.
Under the hood of the Cadillac Series 62 resides the 365 cubic-inch V8 producing 283 horsepower. Transmitting that power to the rear wheels is the four-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission.
This 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible will cross the auction block at the Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL, sale happening January 6th through the 16th, 2022.
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… beauty elegant… when cars where cars with Wow… today became only transport again… like a carriage was.
the frame off people failed a bit on the underhood area.
True American luxury car when a caddy was a caddy. Not this suv or what ever you call them looking stuff that is made now.
Breathless… This is an automobile!
If I had the means I would buy this and a 22 Escalade long roof. I think GM makes the best and most coolest looking full sized SUV’s. All the manufacturers make equally good products. It’s a great time to be alive with all theses choices. Well with the chip shortage it’s hard to get items. But this will pass, and hopefully the gas issues will settled. My late father bought his first new car in 1951, a 51 Buick Super. He didn’t have a lot of choices back then. Fresh out of the Navy in 46 and recently graduated from college. We take for granted our life’s and spending luxuries. Enjoy what we have.
wish I had space for it, It would be mine tomorrow. When Cadillac was Cadillac not Chevrolet !
Too bad its Mecum auctioning it, count your fingers.
As fabulous this particular Caddy is given its pristine condition, I do not consider the ’58s among the top model years during the post-war golden years of styling. Essentially a facelifted ’57, the ’58’s styling ‘updates’ turned the handsome look of the 1957 into something that looked as if it was desperately trying to stay relevant at a time when yearly styling changes were accelerating at a rapid and exciting pace.
The regal front end of the 1957 became what appears to be a gussied up version of the 1958 Chevrolet. Its fins which now point to the rear give the overall look a sense of being out of balance. Overall, it looks like it is in a time warp between the past and the future in the form of the memorable 1959 model year.
A great looking vehicle, I think. Without A.C., it will be a hot ride some days, though.
I had the reverse of this one. White paint and red leather interior. Was my senior year in high school and my first year in college. Wish I had kept it but I wish I had kept them all.
Hoping the Celestiq will represent Cadillac’s successful return to the luxury sedan market.
I find it odd that Cadillac had a bright but conservative red as an exterior color of that hue at that time but no such color exist today on the current Cadillacs except on the V models which is no longer available for ’22.
Gorgeous car…when a Cadillac was a Cadillac setting the standard for the world. You knew the owner had arrived and they were proud to be able to drive that car. Just saw a beautifully kept, one owner 1959 red Caddy convertible the other day. Made me pause as I drove by in my 2020 CT6 AWD Super Cruise Premium Luxury.
If only Mary, GM and the board of directors cared as much as they did when this car and others rolled off the assembly lines.