The Cadillac Series 62 is a series of classic cars produced by Cadillac, way back in the “ancient times” of car creation. These timeless classics debuted between 1940 and 1964, a pivotal time in American travel evolution, which saw the creation of the interstate highway. In this era, Americans were figuring out their first family road trips and experiencing a wave of commercialism in cars that continues to grow to this day. These cars represent a beautiful time in car design, which is why classic Cadillac silhouettes are still coveted by car geeks. Fortunately for you, Quantrell Cadillac near Louisville has several models from the Cadillac Series 62. It’s not enough for us to have the newest models from Cadillac straight out of the factory; our lot has a beautiful selection of used Cadillac cars for sale from years past. Come down and see if an immaculately detailed two-door coupe from a different time is what you need to get up to speed today.
The first version of the Cadillac Series 62 came in 1940–1941, marking the dawn of a new era of the automobile. The line stepped out into the spotlight with the 1940 Cadillac Series 62, available as either a coupe or Cadillac sedan and complete with a curved rear window, six seats for passengers, and the signature V8 engine’s barred front grille.
The second generation spans from 1942 to 1947, and the all-encompassing magnitude of WWII reduced production and demand as Americans banded together to make the most of our national resources and materials. The updates to “new models” created sleeker cars with much more striking — less round and curvy — cars, and new radiators and a ventilating system helped keep the engine from overheating. The Cadillac Series 62 continued to be the number one selling car for Cadillac, just as it had been after its debut.
The third generation of Cadillac Series 62 spanned from 1948 to 1953 and marked the beginning of an unprecedented commercial age in America. The Cadillac Series 62 convertibles, available in bright red and a light brown mustard color, captured eager travelers with luxurious interiors, a rear-mounted spare tire, and striking accents inspired by fighter jet planes. Not surprisingly, by the end of the third generation in 1953, the growing list of cars under this historic heading set new sales records for a car company that would capture this era like none other. To this day, you can find gems from this era at classic car shows like the Coupe de Ville, Eldorado Seville, and Series 62 convertible.
The fourth and fifth generations blitzed the market in 1954 and 1958, respectively. They set the stage for a new age of Cadillac convertibles that have captured eyes ever since. The great Cadillac Seville also came out of the shadows during the fifth generation. Sales-wise, it marked a record year for the Cadillac Series 62 and its continued success.
A full-width grille, power windows, and a two-way power seat all came standard in all sixth-generation Cadillac convertibles, and the interior material color options were as loud as any being offered as exterior paint. Turquoise, dark green, Persian sand, and black Caspian cloths and leathers mark a time when cars began to be a real form of expression and become a foundational part of American pop culture going forward. In 1959 and 1960, these convertibles featured sweet, bright designs that would rival any candy store.
The seventh and final generation of this timeless period of Cadillac cars set the standard for cars that emit class and character as soon as they pull up. In 1964, the final Cadillac Series 62 carried its signature tailfins with a new fine-blade design for the last time. The Cadillac Calais would carry the brand forward as an entry-level car in 1965.
Our lot is full of Cadillac cars that have captured minds and hearts for decades. Come down and see for yourself why we’re the Cadillac dealer Louisville residents come to again and again.