Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2017: 1962 Cadillac custom convertible

1962 Cadillac custom convertible | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold April 6-8  during Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction.

Known as “Cadalina,” this 1962 Cadillac custom convertible combines the  original body lines and space-age flavor of the original car with modern presence and function.

At its foundation, the chassis is equipped with RideTech air suspension including Shockwave aluminum air shocks and a set of General Motors disc brakes. The powertrain includes a 5.3-liter LS V8 engine from a 2007 GMC Denali linked to a GM 4L60E overdrive automatic transmission.

This sleek Cadillac body was subtly tweaked  with the rear-fender skirts eliminated and the rear quarters modified to fill in the area formerly occupied by the skirts. New chrome-plated brass moldings were custom-fabricated for the lower reveal.

The striking two-tone Mediterranean Sea Blue and Pearl custom paint finish was applied by Ron Morfitt using BASF products.

The body mods and final assembly were performed by Restorations & Reproductions and the chrome plating was handled by Sherm’s and Oregon Plating.

The one-off white custom interior and parade boot were trimmed and installed by Jim Griffin, the seven-time Ridler Award winner.

The instrument panel was redone by Classic Instruments of Boyne City, Michigan, and the one-off wheels and hubcaps were supplied by EVOD Industries.

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Continuing the seaside theme of Cadalina, Palm tree motifs are embossed into the leather upholstery and machined into the custom wheels and their center caps.

A stunning custom Cadillac in every respect, Cadalina is ready to drive and enjoy.

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