Cadillac was formed from the remnants of the Henry Ford Co when Henry Ford departed along with several of his key partners and the company was dissolved. With the intent of liquidating the firm's assets, Ford's financial backers,called in engineer Henry Leland to appraise the plant and equipment prior to selling them. Instead, Leland persuaded them to continue the automobile business using Leland's proven 1-cylinder engine. Henry Ford's departure required a new name, and the company reformed as the Cadillac Automobile Company.
The Cadillac automobile was named after the 17th century French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, founder of Detroit in 1701.
Cadillac helped to define advanced engineering, luxury and style early in Automotive History and would come to be known as one of the world’s finest made vehicles. Precision manufacturing of truly interchangeable parts was an award-winning industry first in 1908. Cadillac was the first manufacturer to release cars with a fully enclosed cab as factory equipment in 1910. Standard electric engine starting and lighting was another award winner for 1912. Cadillac introduced the first production V8 engine for the 1914 model year. Cadillac was the first manufacturer to utilize the skills of a designer to produce a car's body instead of an engineer (1927). This gave the public a car that looked as good as it performed. Cadillac's engineers were first to design a manual transmission with synchronizers for increased drivability (1929) and were instrumental in the early development of the automatic transmission, beginning in 1932. Cadillac offered a production V16 engine from 1930 through 1940 and introduced the production independent wishbone front suspension in 1934. The marque introduced tailfins for 1948. From the late 1960s onward, Cadillac offered a fiber-optic indication system which alerted the driver of a failed light bulb.
The Series 62 was introduced in 1940, remaining in production through 1964. Designed by Bill Mitchell, the Classic Era 62 Series is generally considered the pinnacle of Cadillac design and one of the most desirable Cadillacs to own. It was available as a club coupe, sedan, or convertible. The Series 62 is rising rapidly in todays collector car marketplace due to its timeless styling and elegance.
The '40 model is set the stage for Post War Caddys while still retaining many Pre War elements such as the exposed headlights this was the last year for that Iconic feature
This very nice 62 Convertible Sedan is quite rare with only a handful listed in the CCCA directory. The car was restored some time back, and has some minor paint issues which are pictured-a few cracks on the b pillar aand on the right front fender, but really presents quite well from 4 or 5 feet.
The car runs, shifts, and stops exceptionally well and could be driven cross country with confidence. this is one of the better running cars we have had thre pleasure to drive recently...it needs nothing for a long distance run. The interior has just the right amount of patina showing minimal wear and use. the Chrome is exceptional with no flaws noted.
Finished in a very nice color combination, and an unusually rare Full Classic, this will make someone a great CARavan/Tour car, and to be honest is probably too good for the Touring Class is CCCA judging.