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Post-WWII America was brimming with optimism and opportunity, and Cadillac sought to take advantage of US economic expansion by positioning itself as the country’s preeminent luxury car builder. This impressively original 1949 Series 62 Sedanette is a superb example of the clean, flowing lines Cadillac utilized to draw a generation of affluent Americans into its showrooms. Heavily influenced by the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the Sedanette’s fastback design is widely regarded as the inspiration behind the magnificent H.J. Mulliner-bodied Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback.
This Series 62 Sedanette’s Fisher-built body wears its original shade of French Gray paint, and its Gray Bedford Cord and Blue Broadcloth trim by Fleetwood are likely original to the car. Its tidy engine compartment houses the revolutionary 331 cid overhead valve Cadillac V-8, backed by an optional Hydra-Matic four-speed transmission. Very well equipped from new, this Sedanette left Cadillac’s Clark Street plant with an optional heater, AM radio, power windows, white sidewall tires, full wheel covers, reverse lights, and windshield washers.
Showing just 24,847 miles when catalogued, the Series 62 Sedanette is accompanied by its 1997 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este participation medal as well as a file of invoices denoting maintenance and cleaning. This highly desirable Cadillac will certainly be a candidate for show duty in preservation class, as well as a highly enjoyable car to tour, drive, and admire.