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Cadillac : Other Series 62 Frame Up Restored Series 62 Convertible PS PW Power Top

Cadillac : Other Series 62 Frame Up Restored Series 62 Convertible PS PW Power Top


Charlotte, North Carolina

Year 1953

Make Cadillac

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Mileage 404

Posted Over 1 Month

information@RKMotorsCharlotte.com 5527 Lakeview Road, Charlotte, NC, 28269, US 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Frame Up Restored Series 62 Convertible PS PW Power Top Year: 1953 Type of vehicle title: Clear Primary color: White Mileage: 404 Transmission type: 4 Speed Automatic Engine: 331 V8 Interior color: Red Vehicle Info SUMMARYAACA national award winner / Sale includes AACA grille emblemsOwned by the same family for the last 37 yearsCorrect 331 cubic inch Cadillac V8Correct Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmissionCorrect interiorFactory power steeringSpent its entire life in North Carolina Despite General Motors' seemingly endless turmoil, the Cadillac division has spent the last 20 years slowly but surely climbing back to the top of the luxury car market. Offerings like the Escalade, the V-Series and the newly introduced CT6 hint at a brand, which, in spirit, aspires to be as great as the entity that brought us incredible cars like this national award-winning Series 62. And "incredible" isn't just a random adjective either, as there's really nothing like assuming the helm of a 1950s Cadillac. It's a car from an era where The General was at the top of its game in terms of design, engineering and performance. That level of excellence, combined with the brand's built-in exclusivity, means top-notch vintage Cadillacs are becoming increasingly hard to find. And that means, when you DO find a classic like this super cool drop-top, you'd better be quick on the draw! BODYWORK/TRIM The beneficiary of a high quality, frame-up restoration, this '53 Caddy, owned by the same family for 37 years, has spent its entire life right here in North Carolina. As you can tell from our high-resolution photos, the car, which appears to wear all-original sheetmetal, features a super slick fuselage that's characterized by the kind of show-worthy gaps and vault-like solidity found only in 'golden age' Detroit luxury cars. Take a closer look at that fuselage and you'll see exceptionally smooth surfaces that have been covered in a stunning coat of Alpine White base. And, to ensure that pigment stays vibrant, a tough layer of clear has been carefully sprayed and thoroughly buffed to an award-winning shine. We all know trim is what makes '50s cars so cool, and WOW is there a lot of chrome on this Series 62. Put it this way: if you want to look at this vintage drop-top under the lights, be sure to close the shades because the reflection from your garage will probably wake the neighbors! At the front of the car, bright headlights and clear parking lamps visually dissect a heavy chrome grille that's positioned low enough to emphasize a road-hugging stance. Below that grille, a wraparound, gull-wing bumper features prominent chrome bullets. Above those bullets, a brilliant hood goddess overlooks a vintage Cadillac crest and the storied slim-line "V" emblem that inspired the brand's current performance moniker. At the top of the car, stainless-trimmed glass rides between Cadet Visor headlight bezels, a low-profile hood and bright stainless wipers that clear a panoramic windshield. Behind that windshield, a fresh cloth roof floats above a chrome driver's mirror and traditional GM door handles. Below those handles, canted "Cadillac" emblems are perfectly aligned with straight trim spears, air-slot fender breaks and smooth rocker trim. At the back of the car, a rolled trunk hangs a second Cadillac crest above a second slim-line "V". At the sides of that trunk, squared off fins feature jet-inspired taillights. And at the base of those fins, a second wraparound bumper hangs cleanly integrated exhaust tips below a second set of bullets. ENGINE Powering this spectacular cruiser is a correct, 331 cubic inch overhead valve V8 that twists a stout 210 horsepower into a stellar 330 ft./lb. of torque. That's plenty of power to move this Caddy down the boulevard with authority, and the big mill is buttery smooth with a distinctive rumble that insists its parent division wasn't interested in hiding their world-class power. Cadillac engines were the hot ticket for performance cars like the Allard J2, and it's hard to deny their eager performance, even in a chassis this large. At the top of the Navy Blue block, a familiar batwing air cleaner swirls wind in to a big Carter 4-barrel. In front of that carburetor, factory power steering and an old school generator spin fresh V-belts around pliable hoses and new screw clamps. Opposite those ancillaries, a correct points distributor shoots spark around correct exhaust manifolds via high quality CARQUEST 7mm Suppression Cables. Not a thing has been overlooked in this top-notch engine bay, with a professionally finished powerplant that's complemented by a full assortment of well-planned and well-executed details. Cadillac's open-runner cooling system is present and accounted for. A slim, application-specific battery provides fire. A glass washer reservoir hangs on the cowl. And the car's solid inner fenders and hulking hood are covered in a seamless combination of Satin Black single-shot and Alpine White 2-stage. DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION Throw this classic on a lift and you'll find a super clean undercarriage that, despite being largely exempt from the aforementioned restoration, is no less spectacular. A beefy X-frame, which could've lived a past life as railroad trestling, displays a solid coat of Satin Black paint. The blue V8 throws torque through a correct Hydra-Matic transmission, which wears a 1953 (53) Cadillac build stamp. That stellar drivetrain rides on a factory-spec suspension that's equipped with massive drum brakes. Factory power steering greatly improves low-speed navigation. There's a fresh, stainless exhaust system that breathes through factory replacement mufflers. And, at the corners, substantial wire wheels spin meaty 8.00-15 Coker Classic whitewalls around classy Cadillac crests. INTERIOR Clean and ready for hours of cruising, this classic Caddy's correct Red interior features a perfect mix of outrageous style and traditional American luxury. The broad bench seats are stuffed with firm padding, decked in leather covers, and trimmed in subtle stainless. In front of those seats, a classy dash hangs a correct AM radio between a contoured instrument panel, a small "Cadillac" script and a stylish electric clock. At the base of that dash, premium carpet rides between Cadillac-branded sills and cool, chrome-trimmed kick panels. At the sides of that carpet, stainless-trimmed door panels frame chrome handles, sculpted armrests, small power window switches and stylish Cadillac crests. In front of the driver, a 2-tone steering wheel spins a chrome horn ring around a color-keyed gear selector and a translucent centerpiece. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk anchors a correct jack next to a full-size spare tire. GM designers definitely knew what they were doing back in the 1950s, and all of this drop-top's unique detail has been carefully restored to better-than-new condition. HISTORICAL INFORMATION In the name of authenticity, I'll go ahead and break down this Cadillac's VIN and cowl tag. VIN: 5362XXXXX53 - 1953 model year62 - Series 62XXXXX- Sequential production number COWL TAG:STYLE NUMBER: 53-6267X- 53: 1953 model year- 62: Series 62- 67: Convertible- X: Equipped with power windows and a power seatBODY NUMBER: FW7280- FW: Produced at GM's Clark Street Fleetwood facility- 7280: Fisher Body sequence numberTRIM NUMBER: 48- 48: Red leatherPAINT NUMBER: 10HR- 10: Court Gray- H: Equipped with a heater- R: Unknown interior trim colorTOP: 9- 9: Unknown top color AWARDS2004 AACA Senior National First Prize2005 AACA National First Prize OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIESA vintage Cadillac marketing brochureA 1952 Cadillac Shop ManualA 1953 Cadillac Shop Manual SupplementA 1953 Charlotte tagA 1953 North Carolina tagGrille emblems for the aforementioned AACA awards The old world produces some very nice cars, but there's no piece that says you've made it better than an old school Cadillac. This Series 62's world-class ambiance had a crowd of us standing around simply marveling at its style and pondering its clean history. If you're looking for an appreciating classic that you can REALLY appreciate, this all-American convertible is spectacular in every way! About This Auction Please note that all sales are binding and final. Our cars are sold "as-is" with no warranty expressed or implied. Please carefully read the terms & conditions of the sale before bidding. Winning this auction does not entitle you to come inspect the car and decide if you want to buy it, but obligates you to complete the purchase! A $1000.00 deposit via PayPal is due within 24 hours of the auction close... NO EXCEPTIONS. If you have ZERO feedback on eBay, please call or email us to request our authority to bid on our vehicles. We do not release our reserve prices, so please don't ask! If you see a car you like, don't wait! Call us! When you see it disappear from eBay, it means that it was sold by other means. Because we advertise heavily in other mediums, we reserve the right to cancel any eBay listing at any time. If you would like to make a sales visit or arrange an inspection, we would be happy to schedule a personal appointment with either yourself or your representative. To do so, contact Donald Bernard at (704)413-4665. Donald's email address is: Donald.Berard@RKMotorsCharlotte.com. For those of you who need to fly in, we can provide transportation to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. We can also recommend accommodations within a short distance of our facility. About RK Motors Charlotte Hot Rod magazine named RK Motors Charlotte the #1 destination out of 57 possible places to visit across the United States. Destinations selected included car museums, driving schools, dragstrips, best drives and more. We are honored to have been the only classic car dealer selected. If you ever find yourself in Charlotte, NC give us a call. Our showroom is open by appointment only. Our 80,000 sq. ft. retail showrooms are located in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. We usually have over 300 incredible cars on display, and there's always something new. Feel free to make an appointment, stop in and meet our staff. Each and every one of our employees is an absolute car nut- we do this because we love cars! Check out the feedback on our website from other customers who have purchased cars from us in the past. We pride ourselves on describing our cars accurately, and our cars even look better in person than in the pictures! We look forward to seeing you soon. Every car that you see for sale is in our physical possession and located at our main facility, 5527 Lakeview Road, Charlotte, NC 28269. For sales and general information, call us at: (704)413-4665. Our Service Programs Under our innovative Seal of Approval Exit Service buying program, RK Motors Charlotte customers who pay full retail price for a vehicle, receive a comprehensive, multi-point vehicle Exit Service, carried out by our experienced ASE Certified Master Mechanics at the RKM Performance Center. Customers who purchase cars from RK Motors for less than full retail price, or customers who purchase a car and are trading in a vehicle, will receive our Basic Safety Check, performed by our certified and experienced ASE mechanics, prior to delivery of their car. Learn more about the key attributes of Our Service Programs. If you have any questions regarding our service programs, please contact a member of our sales team at (704)413-4665. For international buyers, please note that we've shipped cars to collectors and classic car fans worldwide for years. We can provide you with a firm quote for transport to any shipping port in the world in a sealed container and handle the process for you from start to finish. Our domestic and international ground transport solutions are enclosed only. If you wish to use an open carrier, you will need to arrange that. Our Transportation Manager, Gregory Smith, stands ready to help you with your transport & shipping needs. He can be reached at: Greg.Smith@rkmotorscharlotte.com. About the RK Motors Performance Center Regardless if your vehicle is going through our Seal of Approval Exit Service, Basic Safety Check, routine maintenance or a full custom built to your exact specifications, the RKM Performance Center has the knowledge, experience and resources to fulfill your automotive needs. In the world of electronic fuel injection and computer diagnostics, even late model dealerships look a little uncomfortable working on pre-OBD1 cars. There are many independent mechanics and shops that may be able to help, but putting your prized classic in the hands of a stranger is a leap of faith at best. This is exactly why we created the RKM Performance Center. Being proud members of SEMA, ARMO, HRIA and the North Carolina Motorsports Association, the RKM Performance Center is a nationally recognized shop; best known for high level OEM restorations and custom builds. Comprised of ASE certified mechanics, including several Master Technicians, you can feel confident that your car is in capable hands. As fellow enthusiasts, they are passionate about cars and will treat yours with the respect it deserves. Tony Klein Consignment Manager 5527 Lakeview RoadCharlotte, NC, 28269 Phone: 704-413-4665 Fax: 704-596-5980 Tony.Klein@RKMotorsCharlotte.com Gerry Notara Vice Presidentof Operations 5527 Lakeview RoadCharlotte, NC, 28269 Phone: 704-413-4665 Fax: 704-596-5980 Gerry.Notara@RKMotorsCharlotte.com Donald Berard Sales Manager 5527 Lakeview RoadCharlotte, NC, 28269 Phone: 704-413-4665 Fax: 704-596-5980 Donald.Berard@RKMotorsCharlotte.com Gregory Smith Transport Manager 5527 Lakeview RoadCharlotte, NC 28269 Phone: 704-413-4665 Fax: 704-596-5980 Greg.Smith@rkmotorscharlotte.com Showroom 5527 Lakeview RoadCharlotte, NC 28269 704.413.4665 info@RKMotorsCharlotte.com