AJ’s Car of the Day: 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

Car: Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

Year: 1956

What makes it special: Cadillac’s Series 62 is a series 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 the 1965 model year. The Series 62 was also marketed as the Sixty-Two and the Series Sixty-Two.

What made it famous: The Series 62 included a lower sleeker body, a new cellular grille insert, and inverted gull wing front bumpers and tapered Dagmar style bumper guards. Round jet style dual exhaust outlets were incorporated into the vertical bumper extensions and the rear bumper was entirely redesigned. An Eldorado style wraparound windshield was seen on all models. In 1956, there was a new grille, with finer textured insert, and the repositioning of the parking lights in the bumpers, below the wing guards. Buyers were given an option of the standard satin finish grille or an optional gold finish. Cadillac script was found on the left side. A narrow chrome molding and nine vertical louvers were seen. The Series 62 was powered by a 331 cu in OHV V8 or 365 OHV V8, backed up by a 4-speed Hydramatic Automatic Transmission.

Why I would want one: It just screams elegance. It has style for miles and plenty of chrome. Gotta love the Dagmars.

Fun fact: The Series 62 was renamed the Calais for 1965.

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