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Lot 44

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

Coachwork by Fisher

SOLD $140,250

Estimate

$125,000 - $150,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

496268896

Car Highlights

Multiple Award Winner
Immaculately Kept Late 1980s Concours Restoration
Longtime Southern California Car
Inaugural Year of Cadillac’s OHV V-8 Engine
Outstanding Cadillac Color Combination

Technical Specs

331 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Carter 2-Barrel Carburetor
160 BHP at 3,800 RPM
4-Speed Hydra-Matic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Though this stunning Cadillac’s earliest history remains unknown, by the 1970s, it had come into the possession of a Hollywood, California, Cadillac enthusiast. In 1978, this Series 62 Convertible was acquired by respected Southern California collector Myron Reichert and driven to his home near San Diego. By the late 1980s, after storing the car for nearly a decade, Mr. Reichert resolved to give the Cadillac a concours-level restoration.

Retaining Philip Koenen’s award-winning Grand Touring Garage of Anaheim, California, Mr. Reichert commissioned a comprehensive, nut-and-bolt restoration that addressed every mechanical and cosmetic aspect of the car. Totaling almost $200,000, the work performed included installing a proper 1949 Cadillac engine, as the original motor had previously been replaced, as well as refinishing the car in the authentic Cadillac color of Madeira Maroon.

Completed in 1989, Mr. Koenen’s impressive work drew immediate accolades, including a First Junior Award at the AACA’s Western Fall Meet in Palm Springs, California. In 1991, the car claimed a Senior Award at the AACA’s Western Spring Meet in Carlsbad, California. More recently, this Series 62 garnered a win in the Special Interest Class at the 2004 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance; then, with its restoration nearing 20 years of age, it earned a Best in Class award at the 2008 Newport Beach Concours d’Elegance.

In 2011, this truly outstanding Cadillac was acquired by the consignor and has continued to be maintained just as it has since the restoration was first completed. In the past 25 years, this Series 62 Convertible has accrued less than 1,000 miles and continues to present extremely well in all areas. The brightwork, which deserves special mention, remains in concours condition, and the engine compartment and the underside of the car also remain show ready. The owner has endeavored to keep the car in top form in all respects, as close inspection will reveal.

Fitted with whitewall tires, a door-mounted safety spotlight, radio, and antenna, this wonderful postwar Cadillac is accompanied by its original restored jack and tool kit, original owner’s manual, and copious receipts and photo documentation of its prize-winning restoration.

As one of 8,000 convertible coupes produced and certainly one of far fewer that exist today, this Series 62 is an outstanding example of the model that debuted Cadillac’s iconic, long- running overhead valve engine. It should provide its next caretaker with the thrill of exhibition victories, as well as the singular pleasure of Cadillac luxury and style.