Cadillac surged ahead of American luxury cars in 1948, partly because of a new overhead-valve V8 but primarily because of its eye-popping new styling, which featured the debut of the signature tailfins that would set the tone throughout the 1950s and into the ’60s.
The tour de force body design continued for the following year, including the Pick of the Day, a 1949 Cadillac DeVille Sedanette that has been lusciously restored and resto-modded with newer mechanical components.
The Sedanette was essentially a two-door fastback model with a B pillar and full rear seat, also know at the time as a club sedan and known today as a 2-door post. Whatever, the Caddy is a remarkably sleek rendition of the post-war look pioneered by General Motors’ innovative styling department.
Sedanettes were made only for 1948 and ’49, according to the Cadillac, Michigan, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
“This Cadillac Sedanette is one of the most beautiful cars ever built,” the dealer opines in the ad. “This Cadillac was restored back in the early ’90s and has been always kept in a climate-controlled garage.
“This is a solid Texas Cadillac with no rust issues. The chrome is great. All glass is nice and intact.”
A brawny 472cid V8 engine, produced by Cadillac from 1968-69, has been installed, delivering 375 horsepower and a hefty 525 pound-feet of torque, which should provide plenty of gusto. The car also has been updated with power steering, power brakes and power windows. The air conditioning has been converted to 134a refrigerant, and a new compressor comes with the car, ready to be installed by the new owner.
The body is straight with original sheet metal and in good condition, the seller says, although there is some minor paint bubbling in one area and one of the hood hinges is busted, “an easy fix,” the seller advises. The interior is also very nice, with “no tears or bad smell,” according to the ad.
The Cadillac is priced at $42,995. While the ad notes that the car is not at the Cadillac, Michigan, dealership, there is no clue as to where the car is actually parked. Texas, maybe? A prospective buyer would have to ask.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.