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1955 Cadillac Series 62 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Coupe DeVille
Designer: Harley Earl
 
Styling and performance excellence of the 1955 Cadillac Coupe extended the margin of Cadillac's dominance as the world's best-selling luxury car. The body style of this particular model was introduced in 1954. It features wrap-around panoramic windshield, a flowing Florentine curve roof line, a weather seal 'slipper above each door glass and higher tail fins. The fuel filler cap continues to be concealed beneath the left tail lamp. The dual exhaust system exits through the rear bumper ends. Chrome-plated aluminum 'saber spoke' wheels were available.
Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl
 
The Series 62 Cadillacs changed very little from the previous year but there were some 'refinements.' The grille had wider spaces between the blades and the parking lamps were repositioned beneath the headlamps - the most significant changes among a raft of trim details. The stock 331 cubic-inch V8 motor, with 250 horsepower, was retained within the 129 inch wheelbase, Cadillac's shortest that year, for an overall length of 223.2-inch.....the sedan was 6.9 inches shorter. Cadillac was all about 'big luxury' even down to its tubeless tires, their first year for such a benefit. 8,150 Convertibles were made in 1955, as opposed to just over 100,000 units of the other Series 62 models, plus seven bare chassis.
Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis Num: 556272865
 
Sold for $79,200 at 2007 RM Auctions.
Sold for $66,000 at 2007 RM Auctions.
This 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell between $80,000 - $100,000. It is powered by a 331 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine capable of producing 250 horsepower. There is a three-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and a four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. This car was treated to a restoration in the early 2000s and finished in black with a new red and white two-tone interior.

At auction, this car was sold, selling for $70,000. A few months later it was brought up to Meadow Brook where RM Auction was again tasked with selling the vehicle. This time the estimated value was set at $70,000 - $90,000. As the bidding concluded, a new owner was found. The car had been sold for $66,000.

The 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was an exciting vehicle that was flashy and eye-catching. Harley Earl's tailfin styled rear end was now incorporated into the Cadillac's. They complimented the vehicles front-end which featured a massive bumper with an egg crate grille and Dagmar bullets. There were simulated air intakes reminiscent of a P-38 Lightning fighter. Chrome could be found throughout the vehicle, not in excess, but rather as a complimentary design piece that flowed nicely with the rest of the vehicle and accented the curves and straight lines. The windshield was a wraparound design.

The Hydramtic automatic gearbox was now offered as standard equipment, along with an assortment of other items. They truly were a symbol of success and achievement.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007
Coupe DeVille
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis Num: 556268938
 
Sold for $16,000 at 2014 Mecum.
This Cadillac Coupe DeVille is finished in a Mist Green exterior with a green interior. It was the winner of Best in Class award at A&A Presents Cool Caddy Nights in Reno, 1998 and 2000. It was chosen as the display car for the carport of the 'Usonian Automatic Traveling Exhibition', a movable full scale Frank Lloyd Wright house, at the Marin County Civic Center Feb through May 1990.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2014
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 556294293
Engine Num: 556294293
 
Sold for $96,800 at 2007 RM Auctions.
Sold for $82,500 at 2015 Bonhams.
Along with styling enhancements, the 1955 Eldorado was given a special high-performance engine. The 331 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine offered 270 horsepower, which, in-part from the addition of the 2 four-barrel Carter carburetors, helped the Eldorado produce 20 more horsepower than the standard Cadillac 331 engine. The standard transmission was a four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic. Options included air conditioning, heating, a new electrically operated antenna, fog lights, side mounted spot lights, a new signal-seeking pre-selector AM radio, a remote-control trunk, and six-way power seats.

The most visible aesthetic change were new sweeping, pointed tail fins which replaced the 'fishtail' versions enacted in 1948. The Eldorado Special Convertible was the first Cadillac to be given these new - and soon to be iconic - fins. At the base of the fins were the brake, turn signal, and backup lights. An Eldorado badge appeared on the rear deck lid. There were full rear-wheel cutouts, 'Saber Spoke' cast aluminum and steel wheels, and metallic appliques on the upper door and quarter window sills.

Cadillac produced just 3,950 examples of the Eldorado Special Convertible in 1955, each carrying a base price tag of nearly $6,000.

This particular example was in the care of its original owner until 2006. The long-time owner drove the car just 15,200 miles. In 2007, the current owner acquired the car and had the engine rebuilt, and the components cleaned, sand blasted, and painted. Since then, the car has been driven just 271 miles.

In 2006, the car won a class award in the Original/Unrestored Category at the St. Anthony's Concours d'Elegance in Oklahoma City.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
This 1955 Cadillac was purchased by the fourth and current owner in January of 2004. The odometer records 84,000 original miles.

The car is powered by a 331 cubic-inch V8 engine developing 250 horsepower. It rides on a 129-inch wheelbase, weighs 4,627 pounds and the new cost was $4,4448.

This car received a complete nut-and-bolt restoration at the Beverly Hills Garage in April 2005. The vehicle has received numerous awards since restoration.
Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis Num: EG682054
 
Sold for $36,300 at 2007 Worldwide Auctioneers.
This 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe DeVille was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $38,000 - $48,000. Its odometer reads just 22,000 miles since new, making it one of the most original and lowest mileage examples in existence.

The first owner cared for this car from 1955 through 1999. The second owner has owned the car from the time, bringing it to auction in 2007.

Considering the age, the chrome and trim are in excellent condition. The hub caps are the upgraded Eldorado wheel covers from the factory. It is rust free with only minor touch-up work to the lower portion of the body. The interior features the upgraded leather and all components and gauges are in working condition.

It is outfitted with every conceivable option including the AM radio, clock, power windows, power seat, power brakes, power steering, autronic eye, and more.

On auction day, this car found its next owner and one who was willing to pay $36,300 including buyer's premium to own this low-mileage example.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007
Coupe DeVille
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis Num: 556278866
 
High bid of $38,000 at 2015 Mecum. (did not sell)
Sold for $32,000 at 2015 Mecum.
This Cadillac was specially ordered with Eldorado dual quad setup. The delivery wasn't made until 1956 doe to the specialty engine. Currently, the vehicle had new upholstered seats and doors, an unrestored headliner and dash, and a rebuilt matching numbers engine with just 2,500 miles since the work was completed.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016
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 | Aug 2010
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