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Lot Number
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1955 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Two-Door Hardtop
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $65,000 - $85,000
CHASSIS NO: 556257055
• 65,828 original miles with original interior
• Documented body-off restoration of a remarkably preserved car
• Just three owners from new

Model 6237 DX. 331 cid OHV V-8 engine, 250 HP, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 129”


Cadillac released its first two-door hardtop in 1949. The name Coupe de Ville, an elegant carriage era term, was introduced, literally meaning “an enclosed four-wheeled vehicle for two passengers. In 1954, General Motors commissioned a new series of “C” bodies to be used by Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile. One of the most noticeable features on the new design was the introduction of a panoramic “wrap-around” windshield. Other changes included a lower, streamlined body, cellular grille insert, inverted gull wing front bumpers, and tapered bumper guards. With most of the changes having taken place between the 1953 to 1954 model years, Cadillac had to find a way to make the 1955s look new. Subtle refinements such as wider spaces between the grille blades, repositioned parking lamps, and small yet distinct changes in various trim pieces, that further accentuated character lines, resulted in a more sophisticated Cadillac. The public response was overwhelmingly positive, with sales boosting by close to 25 percent, setting a new record for the brand.

This gorgeous Series 62 Coupe deVille has had only three owners since cruising off the assembly line in 1955. The current owner rescued this car from storage in Polk City, Iowa. Obscured by a tarp and several piles of boxes, it was estimated that this Series 62 had not moved in nearly 40 years. Though the original owner’s identity remains unknown, a copy of an old title was found, showing that the car was purchased on November 26, 1963 by Harley Vernon Clay of Des Moines, Iowa. It took nearly two years for the crew at Karl Performance in Des Moines to bring this car into the showroom-like condition it is in today. Seeking to maintain the authenticity of a numbers matching Cadillac, the original engine and transmission were disassembled and completely rebuilt. Take one look at the paint and you will see that it is exceptional, concours quality work. Almost all the exterior trim has been re-chromed on this Series 62, and everything from the exhaust flashings to the golden “V” on the hood makes this car gleam confidently with a like-new patina. The all original tri-toned blue interior is also in outstanding shape and the electric seats and windows work perfectly. The carpet is immaculate, and was replaced during the restoration to original specifications. The re-chromed instrument cluster and other interior brightwork shines with the same luster as it did in the showroom in 1955. Other options included in this luxury ride include power steering as well as power brakes. The braking system, tie rods, shocks, drive train, generator, radiator, carburetor, and exhaust system have all been rebuilt. This Caddy rides on a set of four period-correct whitewall tires capped with new-old-stock covers. Apart from the front windscreen, all the glass on this car is original, and in fantastic condition. Looking under the hood will reveal no surprises. All the correct labels adorn the wonderfully restored power plant, which is not marred by even so much as a smear of oil. Just imagine what your wife will say when she sees that the engine of your ‘55 Caddy is cleaner than the kitchen counter!

If you are looking for a showroom-condition 1955 Series 62 Coupe DeVille, you need not look any further. This is an honest and astounding example of what one of these iconic cars looked like when they were brand new. A complete restoration, combined with the utmost respect for originality, makes this car a real gem. The experienced car enthusiast knows that one can never go wrong by adding a Cadillac to their collection. The only thing that this car needs, is to be enjoyed. It is true that time travel is not yet possible, but buying this Cadillac is the closest we will get to it for now.

1955 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Two-Door Hardtop
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