Massive Mint: 1954 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible – Sold?

by | Feb 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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March 23, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Few things say, “I have arrived.” better than a 1950s vintage Cadillac. The sheer size, tail fins, and abundant chrome were enough for most buyers to make that statement while sticking to subdued colors. The original owner of this 1954 Cadillac Series 62 convertible originally listed in February 2022 on Craigslist in St. Augustine, Florida felt the need to take things up a notch. Glacier green over red leather combined with a massive Continental kit makes a very bold statement, especially with the top down. The seller reports being the owner of this California-sourced Cadillac for the past 37 years, during that time having the engine and transmission rebuilt, the interior redone, and a custom-made tan Haartz cloth convertible top installed. Also unique is to this listing is the matching 1967 Scad-A-Bout prototype teardrop trailer the seller is offering along with the Cadillac. Our focus in this post is just the car.

Currently offered for $68,000, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Series 62 priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $64,500 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $88,900.  Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $55,925 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $73,925.

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, 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.

The x924t YouTube Channel features actress Jane Russell pitching the use of a 1954 Cadillac as the grand prize for a shampoo contest:

The biggest decision you have to make about buying this 1954 Series 62 Cadillac convertible is whether you want to keep the vintage teardrop trailer offered for $12,500 with the car for an additional $12,500.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This 1954 Cadillac has been in my collection for more than 37 years. It had never been restored according to the person I initially bought it from. I also was told at the time I purchased it that it had always been in California. After buying the car I had the engine completely rebuilt, the interior was redone, and of course a new canvas top. The top was hand-made from scratch using Hartz canvas, not made from a premade kit. The rear plastic window and brass zipper are also new.
Just before I moved from California to Florida a couple of years ago I had the original transmission completely rebuilt, the front end rebuilt, and the brakes were done.
The exterior and interior are the exact same colors as when the car left the factory.
The car is pictured with a vintage camping trailer that can be purchased with the car at an additional cost of 12,500. Here is a detailed description of the trailer, it’s quite rare.

Teardrop trailers have been around since the 1930s. They were a great way for an outdoorsman, fisherman, or hunter to go camping just about anywhere without worrying about getting stuck while pulling a huge trailer.
The problem with teardrops was once you got married and had a couple of kids, there was no room for the family.
Well, in 1967 one of the teardrop manufacturers had a brilliant idea. Why not build a double-deck teardrop. The top would lift up and the kids could camp outside while Mom and Pop stayed inside. It was a great concept, but never really took off. They only made four of them. And as far as I know, three still exist.
This trailer even has all of the original canvas to create an enclosed room around the entire unit.
Another thing that makes this trailer unique is that it’s the “ORIGINAL PROTOTYPE” Serial # 0001


Car or Both: Would you also buy the teardrop trailer to keep with this 1954 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible?  Comment below and let us know!


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