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In 1939, General Motors designers Harley Earl, Frank Hershey, Bill Mitchell, and Art Ross were permitted to view a new, top-secret fighter aircraft – Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning. Hershey, formerly of Murphy Coachworks, gained enlightenment of how aerodynamic flow could dictate automotive design. Upon returning from serving in the Navy, he assumed control of Cadillac’s Design Studio with the P-38 ever on his mind. While many make the connection between the P-38 and Hershey’s first tail fin design, fewer understand the single unbroken line from the Cadillac’s headlight to tail fin was also inspired by the fork-tailed plane.
It must have been exhilarating in 1949 to own the first ever jet-inspired automobile from Detroit, especially when mated with the innovative, powerful overhead valve V-8 engine. Adding the open-air configuration completed the experience.
This dazzling 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is highly original and unrestored; an extensive file of receipts covering nearly 20 years, chronicles sympathetic cleaning and maintenance in order to preserve the Cadillac’s original character. Finished in Dartmouth Green with its original tan leather interior and a tan convertible top, this Cadillac had logged just 67,801 miles when catalogued. It has been lovingly cared for and cherished for many years by two European collectors. Desirably optioned from the factory and described as an excellent runner, this Series 62 Convertible is an outstanding example to show and tour, or to simply relive the unbridled optimism of post-WWII America.