Lot 43

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1949 Cadillac 1949

SOLD $50,400


$50,000 - $70,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

First-Year Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Highly Original Unrestored Example
Beautiful Color Scheme Inspired by GM’s 1949 Coupe de Ville Show Car
Powered by Cadillac’s Revolutionary OHV V-8 Engine
Perfect Candidate to Show, Tour, and Display

Technical Specs

331 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single Carter 2-Barrel Carburetor
160 BHP at 3,800 RPM
4-Speed Hydra-Matic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Cadillac’s Coupe de Ville debuted in late 1949 and was one of the first coupes to feature a dramatic pillarless roofline. It was more richly appointed than other Series 62 Cadillacs, and came standard with power windows, leather trimmed seats, and chrome headliner bars simulating the bows of a convertible top. It was priced just $1 lower than the convertible and, as a mid-year release, only 2,150 were built. It was by far the rarest of the catalogued 1949 body styles, and, today, is the most sought-after and elusive of the ’49s.

According to its original Cadillac ID card, this exceptionally original and unrestored 1949 Coupe de Ville was first owned by William Schubart, whose address on New York City’s famed Park Avenue is listed. This example is elegantly finished in Tyrolian Gray Metallic with a contrasting painted roof, and an interior of Blue Plain broadcloth and gray leather – a look that nearly mirrored the Coupe de Ville prototype shown at the GM Transportation Unlimited Exhibition at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. This Cadillac’s European owner first acquired it in 1989 as part of his worldwide search for the very best 1949 Series 62 examples in existence, believing this Coupe de Ville is “arguably the best there is.” Remarkably original, it showed just 53,219 miles when catalogued, and is accompanied by a file of receipts detailing judicious cleaning and renewal only as necessary, as the car has never been in need of restoration. The Cadillac stands ready for its next adventure around town or on the open road.