Cadillacs were truly the envy of the elite when this 1955 Series 62 sedan was built. Cutting-edge technology, big performance, and unparalleled eye appeal made them unquestionably “The Standard of the World.” Today, they still carry a legendary reputation, and it also doesn’t hurt that this one looks like pure rock-n-roll.
Cadillacs of this era are a true exercise in style. Everything from the gold crest in front, to the turbine-style wheel covers, to the gas cap hidden behind a flip-up taillight are designed to make every other driver jealous. Of course, everyone knows the true standout is the chrome it keeps this Caddy shining like the star it is. And speaking of stars, the color of this one perfectly reminds us all that Elvis Presley first fell in love with this generation of Cadillacs. This is so legendary that the color is officially referred to as “Presley Pink.” This professional application of the pastel color and pristine white roof means you’ll drive this one with pride to far more places than just Elvis events.
Inside, this is quite formal with two-tone gray. Two wide cloth bench seats provide better comfort than a pillow-top mattress, and the legroom is expansive front and rear. Matching door panels, carpets, and dash give it a cosmopolitan air that suggests an artist at work her especially with all the little trim bits shining brightly. Note that this car carries some interesting features such as the original AM radio and the advanced Autronic Eye on display. Jet-age styling dominates the instrument panel and steering wheel, which is simply gorgeous. The trunk is so massive that the original-style full-size spare can sit vertically.
Cadillac’s 331 cubic-inch engine was the icon of the industry, and so we’re happy to see the original V8 still in the engine bay today. General Motors was only beginning to spread V8s to the rest of its family of cars during this era. So, Cadillac still reigned supreme with this big motor that carried a quarter larger displacement than anything that was available at Chevrolet. But, where Chevy was beginning the business of hot rodding, Cadillac’s cubic-inches and four-barrel carb were utilized to make sure comfort was achieved at every speed. This means the motor is brisk, with a smooth, expensive-sounding hum from the well-damped dual exhaust system. The engine bay appears to be highly original, with Cadillac Blue paint still on the block, an original air cleaner, and all the accessories intact. This is a true highway cruiser with a three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes.
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