1949 Cadillac Series 75 Imperial Sedan / 497505590 Vehicle Information

1949 Cadillac Series 75 photograph

1949 Cadillac Series 75
Imperial Sedan
Chassis #: 497505590
Sold for $66,000 at 2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions.
Cadillac introduced rear tailfins on their 1948 models, which had been inspired by the P-38 Lighting aircraft used during World War II. The following year, the GM division announced the first two-door Hardtop (along with Buick and Oldsmobile) known as the Coupe deVille. A new engine was unveiled, a modern overhead valve V8 that boasted better performance and fuel economy along with smoother operation in a lighter, smaller displacement engine. The development for the engine had begun in 1936. When introduced, it was 200 pounds lighter, five inches shorter and four inches lower than the previous L-head V8.

The Series 75 was Cadillac's most luxurious and largest cars offered by the marque. They had the new engine and a revised dashboard that appeared on other Cadillac models. The most expensive bodystyle and model in the Cadillac line-up was the Series 75 Imperial Limousine which sold for $5,170 and was also one of the most exclusive with just 626 units created for 1949.

This example is painted in Antoinette Blue lacquer and was the beneficiary of an older complete frame-off restoration. There is a driver's compartment in black leather while the passenger compartment is upholster in wool broadcloth and Wilton wool carpeting. It placed 1st at the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Grand Nationals in 1989 and won an award at Meadow Brook in 1990. In 1991, it was chosen by the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) National Judges as one of the most exceptional automobiles in the country.

In 2009, this Imperial Limousine was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $66,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2009


2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $40,000-USD $60,000 
Sale Price :
USD $66,000

1949 Cadillac Series 75 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1949 sales)
1949 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD 4 DOOR
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  2019 McCormick's - # 67
 
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  2017 Silver Auction - Arizona in January 2017
 
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  2016 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
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Chassis#: 496016620
Sold for USD$13,500
  2016 GPK Auctions - Atlantic City
 
1949 CADILLAC SERIES 75 LIMOUSINE
Chassis#: 497520498
Sold for USD$49,500
  2014 Barrett-Jackson - Reno Tahoe
 
1949 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine
Sold for USD$18,500
  2013 Auctions America - Fall Carlisle
 
1949 Cadillac Fleetwood
Sold for USD$16,000
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1949 Cadillac Series 75 Custom Limousine
Chassis#: 497525542
Sold for USD$297,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
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1949 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD
Sold for USD$19,500
  2010 Silver Auction - Arizona in January
 
1949 Cadillac Fleetwood
Sold for USD$9,000
  2010 Kruse Auctions - Glendale, AZ
 
1949 Cadillac Series 75
Chassis#: 497505590
Sold for USD$66,000
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
1949 Cadillac Series 75 image  
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Sold for USD$19,250
  2009 The Old Car Heaven Museum Auction
 
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Sold for USD$32,100
  2006 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1949 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD LIMOUSINE
Sold for USD$34,750
  2002 Kruse Auction - Las Vegas, NV
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1949 Cadillac Series 75's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1949 Cadillac Fleetwood 2003 Toronto International Spring Classic Car Auction$22,000  
1949 CADILLAC SERIES 75 MALCOLM FORBES 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$27,600  
1949 CADILLAC SERIES 75 MALCOLM FORBES 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$30,000  
1949 CADILLAC SERIES 75 MALCOLM FORBES 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$28,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood1948 7-Passenger Sedan
Engine Num: 487503761
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 751949 Custom Limousine
Coachbuilder: Schwartz
Chassis Num: 4975542


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