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Flashback Fridays – 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

The 1955 Cadillac Series 62 two-door convertible featured a continuation of the Series 62 General Motors body style that debuted back in 1940. The more aerodynamic, torpedo-like Harley Earl design enjoyed a very long run from 1940 to 1964. The 1955 Cadillac Series 62 convertible was a part of an extraordinary round of success that GM’s luxury car division enjoyed in the mid 1950s. During that period, Cadillac was by far the best-selling luxury brand in the world.

 

1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible – Distinctive Look

1955 Cadillac Series 62 ConvertibleA major Cadillac Series 62 redesign debuted in 1954, and the 1955 version was similar in most respects. The upgraded design featured a lower stance and an even sleeker look. Motorists enjoyed the more panoramic view offered by the wraparound windshield, a relatively recent innovation in the 1950s-era automotive marketplace.

Overall, the Series 62 convertible featured ample but not excessive chrome accents. The front bumper was still prodigious, to say the least, and it helped to frame a distinctive “egg crate” grille. Exhaust tips emerged from dynamic bumper extensions that swept upward. Fifties-era American vehicles often featured aircraft-inspired design elements, and the 1955 Cadillac Series 62 convertible was no exception. The faux air intakes were meant to invoke thoughts of a P-38 jet fighter.

 

Upgraded Powertrain

The 331 cu-in, overhead-valve V8 with a four-barrel carburetor was capable of generating 250 horsepower, up 20 horses from the previous year. With twin four-barrel carburetors, output could be increased to 270 horsepower. Power was directed to the wheels through a 3-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. The self-shifting transmission was featured on all of the 1955 convertibles, and it may have contributed to a big hike in sales. A total of 1,840 convertibles were produced in 1954, and that number more than quadrupled to 8,150 in 1955.

 

Convertibles Still Popular

Today, collectors and enthusiasts understandably gravitate more toward the mid-fifties Cadillac convertibles compared to the coupes and the sedans. In fact, it is not uncommon for a 1955 Series 62 convertible to sell for three times the price of the hardtops. In recent years, expertly restored Series 62 convertibles have brought $50,000 to $60,000 or more at auction.

 

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