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Introduced for 1940 and continuing through 1964 along seven distinct generations, “Series 62” remains without doubt the most important and successful of all Cadillac nameplates. As the basis for the glamorous Eldorado Convertible Coupe launched for 1953 and the De Ville sub-series from 1954, the basic Series 62 platform was the conduit through which General Motors’ dramatic Motorama “dream car” ideas, design cues, and leading engineering advancements were filtered throughout the entire Cadillac line.
Cadillac engineering changes were equally dramatic during the 1950s, with the top GM Division rolling out a dizzying array of engine, powertrain, and chassis innovations to match the progress made by GM’s industry-leading body and interior designers. By 1957, Cadillac bodies were lower than ever before, with the introduction of an all-new X-member chassis frame, with the car bodies supported at their perimeters by outriggers. Cadillac’s revolutionary and powerful overhead-valve V-8 engine was increased to 365 cubic inches for ’57 and developed 300 horsepower in basic form and 325 hp with dual carburetors for the Series 62-based Eldorado. The only transmission choice was GM’s excellent four-speed Hydra-Matic unit. A plethora of color combinations were available, including a wide array of single- or two-tone leather.
Strikingly finished in red, this 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is a highly desirable, rust-free example, which clearly benefits from good care and maintenance, plus recent work to enhance the great classic experience it provides. Mechanically, the Cadillac has an approximate 30,000 miles of use on the engine, new front and rear main seals have been installed, and additional power is courtesy of a dual-carburetor induction system from an Eldorado. Additionally, the Hydra-Matic transmission has been checked out, and new universal joints, new rear differential, new brakes, and a new brake booster were installed. A new alternator provides enhanced reliability and ease of operation for the convertible’s many power-operated features. A new solenoid and motor for the power top and a new solenoid for the power seat are other welcome updates for ease of use and cruising enjoyment. The vehicle also includes power windows and all glass remains good, as does the stainless and chrome, and the upholstery is very nice. New weather stripping provides additional driving comfort. The interior features a crack-free steering wheel, a new dash pad, and audio is enhanced with a CD player and FM radio discreetly hidden inside the glove box. All gauges and lights work as well. Riding on Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels mounting good white wall tires, this 1957 Cadillac Series 62 convertible epitomizes Cadillac’s stylistic, engineering, and design leadership of the 1950s.