American Beauty: 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe DeVille 41K Mile Survivor – $22,000
In the mid-fifties Cadillac’s DeVille brand denoted the hardtop versions of the GM Division’s Series 62 car and arguably one of the best looking during this time was the 1955 editions such as this 41K original mile Coupe DeVille listed yesterday here on Craigslist in Jackson, New Jersey with an asking price of $22,000. Reviewing the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his two door survivor priced between the current #3 “Good” appraisal of $26,400 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $17,800. If you are serious about buying this Coupe DeVille, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller and when you do please remember to mention you first saw his Cadillac featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
Cadillac produced the fourth generation Series 62 line of Coupes and Sedans for the 1954 through 1956 model years. 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 now used on all models. 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 body styles 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. Automatic windshield washers, power steering, 12-Volt electrical system, and aluminum alloy pistons made the long list of standard equipment for the first time in 1954.
In 1955, Cadillac designers redesigned the grille with wider spaces between the blades and repositioned the parking lamps 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. 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. Tubeless tires were a new standard Cadillac feature. Sales reached a record 118,190, accounting for nearly 84% of all Cadillacs sold. Standard equipment now included back-up lights, turn signals, and an automatic transmission.
The GM Heritage Center has this 1955 model year commercial posted on its YouTube site:
This unique dark over light blue example presents nicely based on the pictures provided. Other than the stains present in what likely are the original carpets, the interior appears to be in like-new condition with no wear present. If you’re looking to just cruise in this land yacht, the fresh set of tires and rebuilt carburetor will provide with piece of mind. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1955 Cadillac Coupe deVille.
40,959 miles. Clean title. Auto trans.
Power windows and power steering. Very nice chrome and paint. Brand new wide white-wall tires. Newly rebuilt carb. Nice interior with excellent seats. American Beauty in very nice condition.“
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