Car: Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
What makes it special: Cadillac’s series 62 were produced from 1940 through 1964. Originally designed to replace the entry level Series 65, it became the Cadillac Series 6200 in 1959, and remained that until it was renamed to Cadillac Calais for the 1965 model year. The Series 62 was also marketed as the Sixty-Two and Series Sixty-Two.
What made it famous: In 1946 the Series 62 used GM’s C-body platform, as did the Cadillac Sixty Special, Buick Super and Buick Roadmaster, and Oldsmobile 98. Notchback styling characterized the cars except for the Club Coupe which had fastback styling. It was easy to distinguish the Series 62 coupe from the Series 61 because the door skins did not flare out above the rocker panel moldings, and the side window openings were lower and the reveal window moldings circled each window individually instead of looping around all the windows. It was also the first Cadillac to enter production after World War II. Interior styling and technical features were similar to those seen on the Cadillac Series 61 but with slightly richer interior appointments. Powering the Series 62 was a 150hp, 346 cu in L-Head V8, mated to a manual or optional Hydramatic automatic transmission. The only other options were large hubcaps, whitewall tires, fog lights and a spotlight.
Why I would want one: What’s cooler of more posh than a Caddy convertible of ANY year? Seriously.
Fun fact: About 90% of buyers opted for the Hydramatic automatic transmission for 1946.