1. 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

  2. 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

  3. 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

  4. 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

  5. 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

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Lot Number
47
1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $90,000 - $120,000
• Striking color combination and presentation
• CCCA Full Classic® recognition and event eligibility
• Equipped with Hydra-Matic, ready to show and tour
• Renowned GM/Harley Earl styling; powerful V-8 engine
• Exceptionally well-maintained and runs on command

346 cid L-head V-8 engine, 150 HP, Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 129"


When Cadillac resumed civilian automobile production in October 1945, the entire model line benefited from the company’s considerable wartime production, which included design and production of the Allison V-1710 combat aircraft engine and some 12,000 M5 light tanks and motorized gun carriers. Although the postwar Cadillac V-8 engines retained the displacement and rated horsepower of their prewar counterparts, many of their internal parts were improved for greater strength and reliability. Likewise, the state-of-the-art Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was also improved using the lessons learned in wartime.

Stylistically, just as the 1946 models were a modest makeover of the prewar 1941-1942 design, the 1947 Cadillac line represented a subtle yet sophisticated freshening of the 1946 models. Distinctive new “Sombrero” full wheel covers were used all around, which quickly became a favorite of customizers, hot rodders, and Cadillac owners alike. Interestingly, material shortages and intense pent-up demand for new automobiles during the immediate post-WW II years resulted in tens of thousands of unfilled orders. According to historian Maurice D. Hendry, author of the classic book “Cadillac: Standard of the World, the Complete Seventy-Year History,” an upper-level decision at GM alleviated the problem, with Fortune magazine stating “…that if there were going to be more customers than cars, it might as well be generous with the division that could return the most dollars per pound of steel.” Results were excellent with Cadillac posting total sales of 61,926 units for 1947 and finally surpassing Packard once and for all as America’s best-selling luxury marque by nearly 11,000 units. The dashing Series 62 Convertible Coupe was central to Cadillac’s postwar success as a top-line prestige model, with sleek and athletic bodylines enhanced by retrained yet effective brightwork and low-profile power convertible top with Victoria-style blind rear quarters. Power window lifts were standard. Sales were brisk, with 6,755 examples built for 1947.

A very well-maintained example, and the subject of a previous extensive restoration, this outstanding 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe is a prime example, offered from an impressive personal collection. The original 346-cid V-8 engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, which was fitted with new seals during 2015. As related by the consignor during a recent interview, the Cadillac starts on command, drives and handles wonderfully, and runs cool, with select upgrades including a cleaned and maintained radiator and added electric fuel pump for reliable fuel delivery while touring. In addition to newly fitted windshield wipers, everything works as it should, including the lighting system and fog lamps. A pushbutton-operated radio and driver’s side spotlight enhance the touring experience delivered by the vehicle. The interior compartment, engine bay, and trunk are all correctly detailed and outfitted, consistent with the rest of the vehicle. Purchased in 2008 and sparingly used but highly maintained, this outstanding Cadillac is reluctantly but proudly offered to facilitate downsizing of the consignor’s collection to a more manageable size. The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) rightly recognizes the Series 62 Cadillac models of 1940-1948 as Full Classic® automobiles and their comfort, excellent driving manners, and refined performance make them very enjoyable touring cars today. Ready for showing or touring alike, this remarkable example will certainly make a wonderful addition to any collection of the most desirable and significant postwar American automobiles.

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