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Restored 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible up for auction

1950s icon featured on AutoHunter’s online auction docket

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Cadillac’s Series 62 models were in production for quite a while, from 1940 through 1964, and have worn many distinctive designs throughout each generation.

One of the sharpest stylings from Cadillac’s Series 62 models came from the sixth generation that had a short lifespan from 1959 to 1960. They wore a wide grille with a jewel-like pattern, another grille across the tail, rear fender skirts and gigantic tailfins with taillights on both sides. 

These luxury cars didn’t lack in size either, with a 130-inch wheelbase and a curb weight of 5,030 pounds.

Cadillac made 11,130 Series 62 convertible and AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, has one of these full-sized luxury cars up for auction in show-grade quality.

The seller purchased the convertible at Barrett-Jackson’s 2009 Las Vegas auction with the intention to restore it and have it tow a small vintage Airstream trailer for a cross-country road trip on Route 66.

After acquiring the car in 2009, the seller treated it to a restoration and mechanical overhaul.

The body, which was resprayed in red under prior ownership, received a new convertible top and weatherstripping in 2018 and brightwork found on the bumpers, moldings, driver’s side-view mirror, badging, grille and other accents were refinished in 2016.

The seller also notes the hydraulic cylinders for the power-operated top mechanism have also been rebuilt.

Cadillac, Restored 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible up for auction, ClassicCars.com Journal

In order to tow his small Airstream trailer, the seller added a removable trailer hitch and wiring to the rear.

The interior is furnished with a previously reupholstered red and white leather bench seat that’s power-adjustable and matching door panels, dashboard and carpeting.

Cadillac, Restored 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible up for auction, ClassicCars.com Journal

Interior amenities include an aftermarket heating and air conditioning system, power windows, two-speed windshield wipers, an analog clock, a newer vintage-looking radio and an “Autronic-Eye” automatic headlight dimmer.

Power comes from a 390cid OHV V8 that was factory rated at 325 horsepower and 340 pounds-feet of torque when new.

In 2019, the engine was rebuilt and equipped with a new camshaft, timing chain, a reground crankshaft, rebuilt oil pump, a larger radiator with a transmission cooler and more.

Power is sent to the rear via a rebuilt 3-speed Turbo 400 transmission also installed in 2019.

The mechanical odometer reads 77,000 miles, although true chassis mileage is unknown.

Unfortunately, as the seller notes in the car’s comment section on AutoHunter, him and his wife are unable to embark on their road trip with their Airstream trailer.

Maybe the winning bidder can live out the seller’s dream since the removable hitch comes with the car.

This Cadillac’s auction ends November 1 at 11:40 a.m. PDT.

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and gallery of photos.

Racheal Colbert
An experienced writer and editor, Racheal brings her enthusiasm for collector cars to her role as the Content Manager of the Collector Car Network. Former Content Writer and Marketing Manager in the tech and publishing industry, Racheal brings a fresh perspective to the Journal and the automotive world.

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