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Coupe DeVille
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis Num: 506258424
 
Sold for $40,700 at 2007 RM Auctions.
Cadillac redesigned their Series 61 and 62 line of cars in 1950, giving them lower and sleeker contours, sweeping front fenders, long rear decks, and a broken rear fender line. The front grille grew in size, becoming larger and the hood extended out further than in prior years. There were round parking lights, long tailfin rear fenders with imitation chrome air slots, and a one-piece windshield. The Series 61 and Series 62 were similar in design, with the presence of rear Ventipanes on the Series 62 being one of the more distinguishable differences.

For 1950, the Series 62 was available as a four door sedan, a two-door Club Coupe, 2-door Coupe DeVille and a 2-door Convertible Coupe. The four-door sedan was by far, the most popular, with sales reaching 41,890. Following in second place was the Convertible Coupe which had 6,986. Closely behind that was the two-door Club Coupe with seating for five, netting 6,434. There was a single rolling chassis created that received no coachwork; apart from this, the Coupe DeVille was the most exclusive bodystyle available, with 4,507 examples created. They were not the most expensive, that honor went to the convertible coupe, but their price tag was the second highest at $3,523. It was more affordable than the venerable Fleetwood, but remained rather rare.

The Series 62 came standard with hydraulic window lifts and a Hydra-Matic transmission. The only engine offered by Cadillac in 1950 was a V8 unit that displaced 331 cubic-inches and produced 160 horsepower.

This 1950 Cadillac Coupe deVille 2D was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $50,000 and offered without reserve. Since the lot was offered without reserve, the buyer was able to purchase this vehicle with a high bid of $40,700 including buyer's premium.

This car has four-wheel drum brakes, a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and an overhead V8 engine that produces 160 horsepower. There are 43,000 original miles, black paint, and fitted with optional Sombrero chrome wheel discs and whitewall tires. The interior is grey upholstery with matching carpet and a black and grey dashboard with an optional radio. Power brakes and power steering are also on this vehicle.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis Num: 506276324
 
Sold for $66,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.
For 1950, Cadillac boosted both its performance and luxury image, by finally surpassing Packard for good in sales and with the help of Briggs Cunningham racing a 1950 Cadillac in the 24 Hours of LeMans in France. Cunningham finished tenth overall - a performance unequalled by any other production luxury car - and achieving a top speed of around 120 mph on the Mulsanne straight and averaging 81.5 mph for the entire event.

Cadillac's entry-level vehicle for 1950 was the Series 61, and was available as a four-door sedan or a club coupe. The upscale Series 62 housed the highly sought after Coupe deVille hardtop and convertible.

For 1950, Cadillac produced just 6,986 examples of the soft-top. This example has been restored and has been awarded a Hershey AACA First Place Junior Award, a Hershey AACA First Place Senior Award and a Hershey AACA First Place. Power is from a 331 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine delivering 160 horsepower. There is a four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the RM Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $70,000-$90,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $66,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Sedan
Designer: Harley Earl
 
Although its postwar models were popular with the American public, Cadillac underwent a major styling change for 1950. The cars were longer, lower and appeared heavier. The hood and rear deck were longer. The rear fender was swept into the side of the car, emphasizing a longer look. Power was supplied by Cadillac's overhead valve V-8 motor that developed 160 horsepower.

This car has never been restored. It is essentially in original condition, having been maintained over the years.
Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis Num: 506243811
 
High bid of $45,000 at 2012 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
Sold for $39,000 at 2012 Mecum.
Sold for $48,400 at 2013 Barrett-Jackson.
Sold for $51,700 at 2014 Barrett-Jackson.
For 1950, Cadillacs were redesigned with lower and sleeker contours, sweeping front fenders, a broken rear fender line, and a long rear deck. In the front the egg crate grille became even larger, and the hood extended out even further than prior years. They had imitation chrome air slots, long tailfin rear fenders, round parking lights, and a one-piece windshield.

The Convertible Coupe bodystyle on the Series 62 featured an elegant and well-furnished interior and chrome underscores running the length of the body. Hydraulic window lifts and a Hydra-Matic transmission were standard, and the 331 cubic-inch V-8 engine offered 160 horsepower. Pricing for the Series 62 Convertible began at $3,654 and just 6,986 were produced in 1950.

This example is finished in beige metallic and the interior is done in tan leather. The odometer shows 85,776 miles which is believed to be original.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the St. Johns Concours auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $65,000-$85,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $45,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 De Ville was a very large vehicle that featured a large, 6,390 cc (390 cubic inch) V-8 engine. The back had large fins that did little for performance and handling but was all about the style of the vehicle. The design of the vehicle was inspired by the space program and the era of jet engines. The large, 4400 lb car was fitted with drum brakes. These often wore out quickly. If a U-turn needed to be made, the driver would need a parking lot. The turning radius was 24 feet.

The car was a luxury vehicle that could carry six individuals comfortably. The car was a convertible with the top being raised and lowered automatically. The interior had electrical gauges. The head lights would turn on at dusk and were also capable of switching from high beam to low beam when they sensed oncoming traffic. In total, there were eight lights on the front of the vehicle. The four on the top were the driving lights while the lights mounted on the bumper were the parking lamps. To add to the driving comfort, air suspension was used. This aided in providing a very soft ride but there was significant body roll when cornering. With the V8, it was capable of creeping to sixty in 11 seconds. This reinforced the notion that this Cadillac was built for comfort and not for speed. The drivers enjoyed the ride and they looked good cruising along, enjoying the large open road.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011
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