The 1948-49 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Convertible and Sedanet were elegantly beautiful Cadillacs. Part of the first postwar redesign, they were among the most graceful cars of the era. The fastback sedanet -- also known as the club coupe -- had the aura of the Classic "boattail" about it.

1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible.
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1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible.

The significant mechanical difference between the two model years was engines: the '48s ran with the last of the 346-cid flathead V-8s, while the '49s had the first of the pioneering 331-cid overhead-valve, high-compression units. Some collectors prefer the earlier engine, saying it is smoother and quieter, though the ohv unit provided more power and returned better mileage.


Both years were almost identical in styling, though the '49 looked a little heavier in front. The '48 possessed a fine one-year-only drum-style instrument cluster, while the '49 dash was more conventional.

Pluses
of the 1948-1949 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Convertible/Sedanet:

  • One of the great postwar American designs
  • High-demand item
  • Widely recognized for excellence
Minuses of the 1948-1949 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Convertible/Sedanet:
  • Fairly high running costs
  • Uninspired interiors
Production of the 1948 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Convertible/Sedanet:
Conv, 5,450; Sedanet, 4,764

Production of the 1949 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Convertible/Sedanet:
Conv, 8,000; Sedanet, 7,515

Specifications of the 1948-1949 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Convertible/Sedanet:
Length, inches: 213.9
Wheelbase, inches: 126.0
Weight, inches: 4,125-4,449
Price, new: $2,912-$3,442 (U.S.)

Engines
for the 1948-1949 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two Convertible/Sedanet:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv V-8
346 cid
150
1948
ohv V-8 331 cid1601949

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