During the early 1940s, the General Motors engineers knew that they had to improve the Cadillac V8 engine. It was the time when everyone in Detroit were looking for ways to increase the horsepower and the L-head V8 model was already at its peak. The engine has been very successful but further attempts to improve its output have been in vain, it was time to create a completely new design that would be able to produce more horsepower than ever before.
Before World War II began, GM engineers were preparing to create a new engine that would bring GM to a whole new level of performance for the following years. On November 25, 1949, the one-millionth Cadillac was completed in the Clark Street production line and it was fitting for it to be powered by the newly designed overhead valve V8 engine. It was a milestone for Cadillac as the 1940s ended and were ready to enter the 1950s with a vision of success.
In November 1949, Motor Trend magazine’s special feature “Car of the Year” made its first article. The competition was between Ford, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile. Ford was the first to go, 1949 was just not the year for Ford. Although Cadillac’s new V8 engine shared a similar design, it produced almost 20% more power and was lighter than the Buick engine. Cadillac became the first “Car of the Year” which cemented Cadillac’s reputation as the top American luxury car company that lasted for almost 40 years.
Cadillac built 4 models in 1949 and the Series 61 and Series 62 models were at the top of their line. Both models only had minor differences in trims. The much more expensive Series 62 model had more detailing such as the ribbed front fender stone shield and shiny rocker panel moldings. The hood was longer and the signature goddess figurehead was placed further up front, this creates a long and smoother look compared to the Series 61. In the rear, it was the first time the popular Cadillac fins were used and it featured integrated taillights. In 1949, more than 8,000 Series 62 Convertible Coupe were built in Detroit.
This featured 1949 Cadillac Serries 62 Convertible Coupe was part of classic car collection in Texas since 2005. It is a very solid and original example before it was restored in 2005. Richard Hellbusch, a famous restorer from New Braunfels, Texas, did the restoration work. This Cadillac was stripped to bare chassis and then sandblasted. The body was sprayed with a beautiful glossy Antoinette Blue. The glass, chrome, and stainless trim are all original and restored to perfection. The interior featured a charming red leather interior that gives a beautifully accents the Blue Haartz cloth top. Other interior features include a stunning dashboard that is loaded with authentic wood and chrome trims. It also has power seats, power windows, and AM radio. It has around 68,000 original miles.
In the engine bay, every mechanical part is original and have been completely restored. It is powered by a very clean 331 cubic inched overhead valve V8 engine with its shiny Cadillac valve covers. The engine is connected to a 4-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. The brakes, suspension, and exhaust have all been updated to ensure it rides smoothly. It has Coker Classic wide whitewall radial tires on all corners. This 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe is a great touring car you can enjoy in style and comfort.
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