marți, 3 mai 2016

Cadillac Series 62 Convertible 1958 - World Of Classic Cars -

Cadillac Series 62 Convertible 1958

General Motors’ designers began work on the new 1958 models as early as 1955, at a time when “chrome was king” and the American economy was still roaring along on the strength of post-war dominance. It is no surprise that the 1958 models were the most glitzy and audacious that GM had ever produced, with chrome especially lavished upon the top-of-the-line Cadillacs, stretched over 129.5-inch-wheelbase chassis and powered by robust 365-cubic inch V-8 engines. Unfortunately, by 1958 the economy had declined into a recession, resulting in low sales across the board of these glamorous dreamboats. Among the rare models was the Series 62 Convertible, of which 7,825 were produced.
Cadillac Series 62 Convertible 1958

The unrestored Alpine White Series 62 Convertible presented here was acquired from its second owner over a decade ago, and it has been very well maintained. The owner notes that when he purchased the Cadillac, “even the lower radiator hose was still original, although I eventually had to replace that because it started leaking. I also had to install new coil springs, which I acquired from Eaton, the original supplier, which made them to the original specifications. Even the pedals and the piping around the driver’s seat look new, and when I took off the wheels, the brake shoes appear hardly worn!” Indeed, almost all of the car’s cosmetic finishes, with the exception of a new convertible top, are still original, down to the weather-stripping in the doors. The interior is particularly spectacular, having been well preserved since new.