Hershey | Lot 270

1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

$65,000 - $75,000 USD

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

7 October 2011

150 bhp, 346 cu. in. V-8 engine, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front coil spring suspension with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic power assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129"

- Top-down style with smart black-over-red color combination

- V-8 power with Hydra-Matic transmission

For Cadillac, the Series 62 was a highly successful model. Styling was modern, with clean lines and a strong Cadillac identity. Interiors were well-appointed, offering the latest features and luxurious broadcloth or leather upholstery. Mechanically, the cars featured Cadillac’s well-proven 346-cubic inch V-8. Strong, quiet and reliable, these engines accounted in large part for Cadillac’s exemplary reputation.

The first postwar Cadillacs appeared in late 1945 and were virtually identical to those manufactured before the onset of war. Buyers had very little choice as to what they wanted, as the demand was so high that companies like Cadillac produced only single versions of a model. For 1947, nearly 90 percent of the cars sold were equipped with the smart new Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, just as the example offered here. While the new cars were about $200 more than the previous year’s models, they adopted subtle styling cues like the sombrero wheel covers and additional badges and scripts.

Offered from the collection of a long-standing Cadillac enthusiast and collector, this 1947 Convertible has a very sporty and sleek presence. It is finished in black with a red leather interior and maroon top—a superb color combination. The car has been restored and presents very well with good panel fit and without any major imperfections noted in the paint or brightwork. Features of note include the rear fender skirts, a driver’s side spotlight, clock, heater, radio, the Hydra-Matic transmission and wide whitewall tires.

The flathead V-8 with its automatic transmission, comfortable interior and convertible top make this Series 62 Convertible Coupe simply a delight to drive. Yet it is the ease of operation, enduring good looks and astute engineering that make this Cadillac the ideal car for touring.

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