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1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible for sale in Council Bluffs, IA.
Up for sale is a 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible with a rebuilt 365 cubic in engine. The engine has forged pistons, new correcting rods, heads with hardened valves, oil pump, and electric fuel pump [More]
1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible for sale in Council Bluffs, IA.
Up for sale is a 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible with a rebuilt 365 cubic in engine. The engine has forged pistons, new correcting rods, heads with hardened valves, oil pump, and electric fuel pump. The car has power top, brakes, and steering. This car was originally Elvis Rose Pink but painted red in the late 70ís. The interior was redone at the time with the original carpeting left in the car. It cruises down the highway like riding on your couch. The chrome is complete and intact, but could be redone. There is no rust on the body and the underside looks clean. There is a small exhaust leak, but that is an easy fix. The Fuel sending unit needs adjusted along with the odometer, window travel, and needs weather stripping. The radio is intact, but not functional. The windshield wipers need a vacuum line run to them, but with the car being only driven in nice weather, this was not a priority. This car turns heads everywhere it goes. The car is always garaged and covered, with never being driven in bad weather. The previous owner would not let his only daughter drive it for her wedding, because it had rained earlier. Additional Information: The power top works well, we added a switch under the dash to control the power top. The top is in very good condition with no tears or stains. The power windows work, one of the rear quarter windows stops 1/2" from the top closed position. The windows and doors will need weather stripping, avilable on e-bay for $ 915.00 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 Biarritz style wraparound windshield was seen on all models. Sedans used a distinctive style of window reveal molding, which created a built in sun visor effect. For coupes a smoothly curved wraparound backlight was referred to as the "Florentine" style rear window. A wide ventilator intake was now stretched across the base of the windshield on all bodystyles and the chrome visored headlamp look was emphasized. The Series 62 could be distinguished by the lack of rear fender louvers. V-shaped ornaments and crests were used in the hood and deck and there were full length body underscores in bright metal. Coupe de Ville script was seen on rear corner pillars of the luxury hardtop, which also had wider sill moldings. The Eldorados had golden identifying crests centered directly behind the air-slot fenderbreaks and wide fluted beauty panels to decorate the lower rear bodysides. These panels were made of extruded aluminum and also appeared on a unique one of a kind Eldorado coupe built for the Reynolds Aluminum Corporation. Also included in the production Eldorado convertible were monogram plates on the doors, wire wheels, and custom interior trimmings with the Cadillac crest embossed on the seat bolsters. Automatic windshield washers, power steering, 12-Volt electrical system, and aluminum alloy pistons made the long list of standard equipment for the first time this year. Power steering, windows, seats, and auto headlight dimming were optional. A parking brake release reminder light was new. Popular Mechanics rated to 0-60 mph time as 17.3 seconds. In 1955 the grille was redesigned with wider spaces between the blades and the parking lamps were repositioned beneath directly below the headlights. On the sides of the body the rub-rail moldings formed a right angle with the vertical trim on the rear doors or fenders. This accentuated the character line in the sheet metal. The Florentine curve rear window treatment was adopted for sedans. Three chrome moldings bordered the rear license plate on either side and deck lid decorations consisted of a V-shaped ornament and a Cadillac crest. The Coupe de Ville had a golden script nameplate at the upper body belt just forward of the rear window pillar. The Eldorado sport convertible featured extras such as wide chrome body belt moldings, a distinctive rear fender design, with twin round taillights halfway up the fenders and flatter pointed tailfins. Tubeless tires were a new standard Cadillac feature. Sales reached a record 118,190, accounting for nearly 84% of all Cadilllacs sold. Standard equipment included back-up lights, turn signals, and automatic transmission. 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 louvres were seen. The Coupe de Ville had a model nameplate and a Cadillac crest on the sides of the front fenders. The Coupe de Ville was joined by the Series 62 Sedan de Ville, Cadillac's first standard production 4-door hardtop. Similarly to the Coupe de Ville, it was also more expensive and more luxuriously trimmed that the standard 4-door Series 62. With 41,732 sold, it also easily outsold the Series 62 sedan in its very first year. Given their sales success, it was only natural that the Coupe de Ville and Sedan de Ville were moved to their own separate series in 1959, the Series 6300, being joined by a De Ville convertible in 1964. The Eldorado subseries also gained a new body style, a 2-door hardtop called the Seville. An Eldorado script finally appeared with fender crest on the car which was further distinguished by a twin hood ornament. Extras featured on the Eldorado convertible, now known as the Biarritz in order to distinguish it from the Seville, were a ribbed chrome saddle molding extending from the windshield to the rear window pillar along the beltline and flat, pointed rear fender fins. Power steering was now standard. The turning circle was 43.5 ft. wide and ground clearance is 8.25 inches. Popular Mechanics rated a 0-60 mph time of 12.0 seconds, fuel economy for a traffic route at 8.3mpg, and a very accurate speedometer. Series 62 sales reached an all-time record in 1956 at 134,502 units, accounting for an all-time record 86.4% of all Cadillacs sold. This included 66,818 De Villes and 6050 Eldorados. History of the 1954-1956 Cadillac Series 62 The 1954 model year was big for Cadillac, starting with a redesign of the basic Series 62 model. The new Caddy was lower, sleeker, and featured exhaust tips that exited through up swept bumper extensions ( this one has the exhaust redirected under the bumper to help protect the Chrome). A wraparound windshield completed the flowing good looks of the middle 1950s, before the fin wars took hold. The Series 62 was available in a variety of body styles, including a 4-door sedan, 4-door Sedan De Ville, 2-door hardtop coupe and Coupe De Ville, and a 2-door convertible. Cadillacís engine for 1956 was a 365-cid V-8 that produced 285 horsepower at 4,600 RPM. The only available transmission was a 4-speed Hydramatic automatic unit. If you have any questions, or need more information, feel free to call me at 402-651-0741.
For more information, please contact Bill Hickey at 402-651-0741.