Lot 236

Hershey 2023

1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

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$90,750 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Chassis No.
8436785
Body No.
2932
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  • Among the most popular, sought-after, and eminently enjoyable of CCCA Full Classics; one of only 6,755 examples produced for the model year
  • Finished in black over factory-correct tan bedford cord and red leather interior
  • Wears a nicely kept, award-winning, 100-point restoration completed circa 1990
  • Winner of CCCA Premier Senior National and AACA national first prizes in 1992
  • Acquired by the consignor in 2013; desirably equipped with AM radio, back-up light, a heater, fender skirts, a power top and windows, polished wheel covers, and wide whitewall tires

The 1947 Cadillac models introduced in January of that year were a subtle freshening of the 1946 models, themselves a modest makeover of the prewar 1942s. There was more brightwork, along with modest grille and trim changes. The bold “egg crate” grille had one fewer horizontal bar, and parking lights became small round units, unless optional fog lamps were ordered. Rear fender shields, which were rubber on the 1946 models, were now made of stainless steel. Particularly noticeable were the large optional “sombrero-style” wheel covers, so named for their resemblance of the iconic Mexican hat, with their deep-dish brim and a raised center section with red Cadillac crest. Hydra-Lectric windows became standard equipment in 1947 on Series 75 Fleetwoods and the Series 62 Convertible, which remained the marque’s only soft-top.

It is a testament to the quality of these cars that they are among the latest automobiles recognized as Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America. They combine modern reliability and drivability with the same careful quality of hand construction seen on earlier V-12 and V-16 models. Accordingly, few automobiles are as popular for the CCCA member seeking to relax in comfort on a CARavan.

Benefitting from a previous and very well-kept, award-winning restoration executed by Stone Barn Restorations of Vienna, New Jersey, this 1947 Series 62 Convertible Coupe is presented in a striking Black exterior with a power-operated tan Haartz cloth convertible top over a factory-correct tan bedford cord and red leather interior. Having emerged from its restoration around 1991, this 100-point Series 62 promptly earned CCCA Premier Senior National and Antique Automobile Club of America national first prizes in 1992, in addition to several other awards at regional concours in Eastern Canada and New England.

After several thousand miles of touring use, in 2011 the car was submitted to RM Auto Restorations for a thorough mechanical recommissioning, including a total rebuild of its suspension, underpinnings, and formidable V-8 engine. Since having been acquired by the consignor in March 2013, this Series 62 Convertible Coupe has been regularly maintained and rarely driven. The restoration remains very well-preserved, with many correct-for-1947 features throughout, including an AM radio, a back-up light, a heater, color-matched fender skirts, a power top, seat, and windows, as well as chrome "sombrero-style” wheel covers and wide whitewall tires. Touring improvements made under previous ownership are limited to a full set of modern-style lap belts, an electric fuel pump, and a chrome-finished fire extinguisher.

This is an exceptionally attractive and well-presented example of one of the best and most modern Full Classics, at home in any CCCA activity or long tour.