Creative Color: 1962 Cadillac Four-Window Sedan DeVille Hardtop – $9,500
Since we started the work week with a salute to classic four-door hardtops, its only fitting we close it out with one too. We came across this unique Burgundy Metallic over Light Blue Cloth/Vinyl 1962 Cadillac Four-Window Sedan DeVille just listed here on Craigslist in Hartford, Connecticut the current caretaker reports is a well maintained, driver-quality example offered for $9,500. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Four-Window hardtop priced $600 below the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver estimate of $10,100. If you are serious about buying this Cadillac, start the conversation by calling Jim at (860) 214-8162 and when you do please remember to mention you saw his Caddy featured here on GuysWithRides.
As part of GM’s full-size model redesign, Cadillac developed the second generation Sedan DeVille for the 1961 model year with standard equipment that included power brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, dual backup lights, windshield washer, dual speed wipers, wheel discs, plain fender skirts, outside rearview mirror, vanity mirror, oil filter, power windows and 2-way power seats. Rubberized front and rear coil springs replaced the trouble prone air suspension system. Four-barrel induction systems were now the sole power choice and dual exhausts were no longer available.
A mild facelift characterized Cadillac styling trends for 1962. A flatter grille with a thicker horizontal center bar and more delicate cross-hatched insert appeared. Ribbed chrome trim panel, seen ahead of the front wheel housings in 1961, were now replaced with cornering lamps and front fender model and series identification badges were eliminated. More massive front bumper end pieces appeared and housed rectangular parking lamps. At the rear tail lamps were now housed in vertical nacelles designed with an angled peak at the center. A vertically ribbed rear beauty panel appeared on the deck lid latch panel. Cadillac script also appeared on the lower left side of the radiator grille. Standard equipment included all of last year’s equipment plus remote controlled outside rearview mirror, five tubeless black wall tires, heater and defroster and front cornering lamps. Cadillac refined the ride and quietness, with more insulation in the floor and behind the firewall. DeVille sales as a separate series exceeded their sales level as a trim level for the first time ever at 71,883 units, or nearly 45% of Cadillac’s total sales.
While we’re pretty sure the unique interior/exterior color combination did not come from the factory (please correct us by commenting below if we’re wrong about that!), it really catches your eye. The private seller reports his Sedan DeVille has been well maintained and that all power options are in working order. As long as your in-person inspection and/or Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”) confirm that, this Cadillac is just begging for the install of an air ride system. Add a after market air conditioning system and you’re ready to cruise anywhere in style. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1962 Cadillac Sedan Deville originally Missouri car very well-maintained with a lot of recent maintenance such as new brakes, dual exhaust, tuneup, tires, battery, alternator, decent body and interior. It’s a nice driver, a head turner and a blast to drive! Throughout the years that I’ve enjoyed this car I have consistently maintained and kept everything operational. All power accessories windows, six way seat etc, are in working order. You will be hard-pressed to find a car in this condition at this level for this kind of money. Trades considered, Harleys, hot rods, campers, etc. prefer cash but you never know, doesn’t hurt to ask .Please do not ask if car is still available add will be Deleted when car has been sold.“
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