1958 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (LHD)
The year 1958 ushered in some big changes at General Motors, particularly with the retirement of Harley Earl and the changes wrought by his replacement Bill Mitchell, who preferred a cleaner, less cluttered look. Using the same X-frame as the 1957 Cadillac, the 1958 models had all new styling with four headlamps, full-width jewelled grille, upswept tail fins with twin bullet tail lamps plus different chrome mouldings. The Series 62 line consisted of the hardtop sedan and coupe, DeVille sub-series of both, and the convertible. Under the bonnet Cadillac continued with the 365-cid V8 with a Carter four-barrel carburettor and 10.25:1 compression ratio, giving a very healthy 310 hp at 4800 rpm. Optional features on the 1958 range included cruise-control, high-pressure cooling system, two-speaker radio (with automatic signal-seeking) and an automatic parking brake release. Sales fell in 1958 due to the general downturn in the economy, with only 121,778 Cadillacs built in total. Surviving examples are now sought after classics from the Fabulous Fifties era, particularly the more desirable two-door models.