The end of World War II signaled a dramatic shift in the American auto industry. Car production had halted suddenly in 1942 as factories were retooled for the war effort. Now that the conflict was over, auto production could resume, but the problem for many was that design and development of new models had all but halted during the war, so most manufacturers had to make do with hastily refreshed versions of their existing pre-war models. In the case of Cadillac, however, the outlook was rather bright because that meant resuming production of the brilliant Series 62. For post-war models, the front end design was subtly reworked with a new grille, and the fender profile tweaked with beautiful effect. The proud grille and the flowing, beautifully contoured body would serve as the basis for Cadillac’s design language through the rest of the 1940s and into the early 50s. As was the norm for Cadillac, numerous body styles were available, with the convertible the ultimate of the two-door Series 62. Cadillac still considered itself “The Standard of the World” in this era, and the cars were lavishly equipped with automatic transmissions, the 346 cubic inch monoblock V8 engine, leather upholstery, power accessories and so forth. The model proved very popular with buyers, remaining essentially unchanged through 1947, with nearly 40,000 units of the Series 62 sold. Of that total, just 6,755 left the factory wearing the Model 6267 Convertible Coupe body. Today’s collectors covet the Series 62 convertible for its remarkable drivability, gorgeous lines and Full Classic status as sanctioned by the Classic Car Club of America.
This beautiful 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible benefits from a comprehensive, body-off restoration completed within the last few years. It is a well-sorted and fabulous driving example finished in a gorgeous shade of steel blue metallic over a dark blue interior and tan canvas top. A large cache of photos documenting the restoration process show the car was a complete and generally sound example to start with, before the body was removed from the chassis, and all components were stripped, refinished and rebuilt as necessary. The body was jigged and repaired before being refinished in this very attractive steely blue-gray shade. Receipts show a great number of original and NOS trim parts were sourced, and a new interior and top fabricated.
The Cadillac presents in lovely condition, with the restoration still appearing crisp and attractive. Paint quality is very good atop straight and well-aligned panels, while the chrome and stainless brightwork is excellent. Riding on fresh Firestone 7.00 – 15 whitewall bias-ply tires with iconic “sombrero” hubcaps adorning the wheels, it sits properly on the road. Cadillac’s stunning original design looks particularly good in this dark color with a hint of metallic to catch the light. It is surely one of the most beautiful American cars of the era.
As part of the restoration, the interior was completely retrimmed at great expense. Gorgeous dark blue leather covers the seats and door cards, accented with beige Bedford cord fabric on the seat backs and door panel inserts. Blue carpets are in excellent condition, protected by overmats, and the dash is painted to match the body. Leather on the seats is still in very fine order, showing only the very slightest bit of creasing in the driver’s seat from light use. The interior is well equipped with an original radio, power windows, and a quartz-converted original clock. The large and complex power-operated convertible top frame was fully disassembled and meticulously restored, with the chrome and paint finishes returned to original spec. This process alone accounted for many thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of labor. The frame was then covered in a tan Stayfast canvas top, along with a matching fitted boot in the same material. The trunk is well detailed in correct materials and includes an original jack, spare, and spare wheel cover.
As beautiful as it is to look at, this Cadillac truly shines on the road. It runs and drives exceptionally well, starting easily “on the button” and feeling very tight and well planted on the road. These cars are favorites of CCCA CARavan tourists, as they are recognized Full Classics and they reward drivers with their effortless cruising ability. As part of the comprehensive restoration, the suspension has been rebuilt and the engine runs very strong, with crisp shifts from the Hydra-matic automatic transmission. A new and properly detailed wiring harness from the experts at YnZ’s Yesterday’s Parts ensures the major electrical functions work as they should and the car remains reliable. Underhood detailing is good; showing some light use in places where the finishes have been affected by running, but it is generally very correct and tidy. The original oil bath air cleaner is intact, as is the original glass windscreen washer bottle and proper clamps and hardware.
One of the newest cars eligible for CARavan touring, and a truly wonderful machine on the road, this well-presented and desirable Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is a very good example in beautiful colors that would be equally at home at a casual show or cruising effortlessly down the road.