2018 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
1957 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (RHD)
|Engine||6.0 litre V8|
|Colour||Metallic Dark Blue|
|Interior||Blue & White|
|Wheels||Steel with hubcaps|
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The Cadillac Series 62 was produced by Cadillac from 1940 to 1964. Originally designed to replace the entry level Series 65, the 1957-1958 Cadillac Series 62 was the fifth-generation model, designed by the legendary GM designer Harley Earl, and was available in two-door hardtop, two-door Eldorado Seville hardtop, four-door hardtop, two-door Eldorado Biarritz convertible and, as here, two-door convertible.
Changes were significant underneath for the 1957 model, starting with a tubular X-frame without side rails which resulted in lower body without the loss of usable space. Power came from the 365ci V8 engine (the larger of the two options from the fourth-generation Series 62) which was standard across all models, hooked to a four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. Front end styling for 1957 was marked by new rubber bumper guard tips and dual circular lamps set into the lower bumper section. Side trim was revised, and a dual taillight theme was adopted. Identifying the standard 62 models were bright metal mouldings, just forward of the rear wheel openings, highlighted by seven horizontal wind slits. At the upper end this fender brake trim joined a horizontal moulding that ran along a conical flare extending towards both taillamps. A crest medallion was seen on the forward angled rear fins. The rear fender and deck contour was trimmed with broad, sculptured stainless steel beauty panels. Also seen were "shark" style fins pointing towards the back of the cars. Although much changed in detail, the 1957 Series 62 presented as a tidy-up of the 1956 model.