Arizona

19-20 January 2017

Offered from a Private Collection

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Lot 237

1955 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

  • Engine no. 556227233

Sold for $88,000


Model 6267X. 250 bhp, 331 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel power hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129 in.

  • Offered from a private collection
  • Older, superbly preserved nut-and-bolt restoration
  • Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Grand National winner
  • Air conditioning for personal comfort


General Motors issued a new series of “C” bodies, used by Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile, in 1954. Presaging the future, they introduced the panoramic “wrap-around” windshield that would become almost obligatory in 1955. With the major changes already made public, Cadillac had quite a job making the ’55s look new. In end, though, the subtle refinement resulted in a more sophisticated Cadillac, and the public agreed, boosting sales by nearly 25 percent and setting a record—although the improving economy certainly played a role.

Although the cars were mechanically similar to 1954, horsepower increased to 250 for the standard engine, largely due to higher compression. Manifolds were redesigned, and despite the higher power, fuel economy also improved. Although already favored by the vast majority of Cadillac customers, Hydra-Matic transmission was finally made standard.

Recipient of a full nut-and-bolt restoration in the late 1990s, this Series 62 convertible has been rebuilt to exacting standards, with no expense spared, while owned by Carroll and Priscilla Trentham of Seymour, Tennessee. Originally finished in Ivory White with a black top, the Cadillac was painted in Cadillac’s Mandan Red, with a white vinyl top and a color-matching red-and-white leather interior by Jenkins Interiors, the well-known Cadillac specialists in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The quality of the restoration is exceptional, and the result is nicely complimented by Firestone wide whitewalls mounted on Truespoke chrome wire wheels.

Upon completion in 2000, the car took an AACA Junior First Prize in its first show season. In 2001 it earned Senior status and was designated an AACA Grand National Champion in 2002. Air conditioning was added for personal comfort following this award-winning streak. The convertible is also equipped with power steering, power brakes, and power windows. Other features include a power seat, windshield washers, Autronic Eye automatic headlight dimmer, and a push-button radio. The odometer shows barely 1,000 miles since restoration.

The dramatic Eldorado convertible may have been the 1955 Cadillac most people lusted after, but the basic Series 62 was the convertible that more of them bought. At nearly 8,150 units, though, it was still rare compared to the sedans and Coupe de Ville hardtops. This car is an excellent example.

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Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 9... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. He is a life-long automobile enthusiast and ... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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Jake Auerbach

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Konrad Trapler

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Ontario, Canada

Konrad Trapler joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in the fall of 2016.

 

A lifelong auto enthusi... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

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Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

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Mike Fairbairn

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more