1946 Cadillac Series 62 for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Series 62 Cadillacs, including this lovely 1946 sedanette, are Full Classics according to the CCCA, making them eligible for all the best shows and tours. Theyre also wonderful cars to drive, with modern performance and handsome styling that defined the 1940s. Sleek bodies like this always look great in dark colors, and basic black never goes out of style, especially on a senior Cadillac. Introduced in 1941, the sedanette got a facelift in 42, just before the war stopped production. Because of this, the 1946 cars like this one were some of the freshest-looking cars on the road, and the stunning fastback coupes were the stars of the late 40s auto shows. The panels on this one are in excellent condition, and the glossy black paint is good enough for Cadillac, but shows a lovely patina that is perfectly appropriate. Theres also a lot of chrome, from the massive eggcrate grille to the big wrap-around bumpers, and the taillights hint at the tailfins that would arrive in 1948. The left taillight hides the fuel filler, which would be a Cadillac trademark for years to come. Basic black continues inside, where the original bench seats have been reupholstered in black vinyl. This car was likely originally supplied with a cloth interior, but the new upholstery is durable and handsome, and shows minimal wear. Beautiful ivory-colored plastic is used for the steering wheel and accessory knobs, and the gauges give a comprehensive view of the engine. The slender shifter controls the first-generation Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, which was a popular option. Theres an AM radio mounted high in the dash and a clock in the glove box lid, both common to cars of this era. It also appears that this car has spent its entire life in a warm climate, as there is no under-seat heater nor a defroster, both of which were commonly installed options on these cars. For safety, seat belts have been added. Power comes from Cadillacs famous 346 cubic inch flathead V8, which was used extensively in Sherman tanks during World War II. Because of this, the engine and Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission received numerous updates in 1946 based on experience on the battlefield. The engine makes 150 horsepower and a serious dose of torque, and combined with excellent gear spacing in the transmission, its swift and effortless in traffic, and will cruise all day at 70 MPH, making post-war Cadillacs like this ideal tour cars. Not detailed for show, the engine bay is fully functional, the engine runs almost silently, and the transmission shifts properly. The chassis appears to be all original, with a sturdy full frame that might be more at home supporting a bridge somewhere, and it rides on steel wheels wearing modern wide whitewall radials and full wheel covers. Enthusiasts have discovered what magnificent road cars these are, and any tour or CCCA Caravan will typically include several post-war Series 62 Cadillacs. Find out why by giving us a call today!

Year:  1980 or older

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