1952 Cadillac Series 62
Sold for $30,800 at 2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction. Club Coupe
Chassis #: 52627564
Engine #: 52-62-79564
Life in America in the early fifties were a prosperous time. World War II had ended, and a demand for all products was seemingly insatiable, especially automobiles. This period of economic expansion held spawn some of the most exciting era of automotive excess the world had ever seen. GM played their part with their traveling Motorama, which was a no-holds-barred display of technology and stunning styling. GM's luxury brand was the Cadillac, and they were given flashy styling and high performance.
The Cadillac cars were young and exciting, and helped the company displace Packard as the leader in the fine car market. 1952 would be an especially important year for Cadillac, as it marked the luxury car company's 50th anniversary. In commemoration of their golden anniversary, the 1952 Series 62 models were fitted with a golden vee beneath the Cadillac emblem on the hood. Many other minor updates were added to freshen up the new cars, however, the big news was under the hood - horsepower had risen by 30 BHP over 1951. This made the 1952 Cadillacs the most powerful cars in America.
To help the Cadillac retain its edge over the competition, they were given a host of options as standard equipment, including self-winding clocks, dual-range Hydra-Matic drive, glare-proof mirrors, upgraded directional turn signals, stannate treated pistons and four-barrel carburetion. Hydraulic power windows were standard equipment on the Series 62 Convertible Coupe.
In this landmark year, another milestone was reached that of 13 million cars produced.
This Cadillac Coupe is finished in dark metallic green with a two-tone green vinyl interior. The current owners acquired the car in May of 2014. It was given new wire wheels and white wall tires, the front seats were re-upholstered, the chrome bumpers were renewed, front and rear, and the brakes and suspension were fully serviced.
In May of 2016, it was brought to the Central Pennsylvania Cadillac LaSalle Club where it was voted by its peers as Best in Show.
The car is powered by a 331 cubic-inch, overhead valve V8 engine fitted with a single four-barrel Carter carburetor. The 190 horsepower engine is mated to a 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. At all four corners are hydraulic drum brakes.By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017
This one-off Special Roadster was built in 1952 for Harold 'Bill' Boyer, the Executive Vice President of Cadillac Military Manufacturing. Designed by Harley Earl, the Vice President of GM styling who influenced the look of American cars from his day to the present, the car has several features still found on top-of-the-range cars, like the convertible top that folds into a metal boot.
This Cadillac Convertible Coupe features a 10-inch shortened wheelbase and the overall height reduced by 6-inches. It is fitted with a 1955 Cadillac engine installed by the factory. The convertible top folds into a metal boot. This tuned out to be the prototype for later Corvettes.
This special Cadillac stayed in the Boyer family until 2005 when it was purchased by the current owner. The car went through a complete, high quality restoration by Mr. Lundy Atkins at Quality Restorations in Washington.
1952 was the 50th year of Cadillac in production. This Series 62 Convertible has been given a frame-off restoration that was finished in white with a contrasting red leather interior and finished off with a black stayfast convertible roof. It has power steering, power seat, power brakes, power windows, power convertible roof, rebuilt engine, aluminum dual exhaust, and all-new glass. It has a continental kit and real wire wheels.
The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 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 name 'DeVille' would first be used in 1949 on the Coupe De Ville, and later on the 1956 Sedan deVille. The 1942, 1946 and 1947 versions were similar; they were completely different from the 1941 bodystyles.
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 | Jan 2008