Lot 209 - 1955 Cadillac Coupe De Ville

Lot 209 - 1955 Cadillac Coupe De Ville

Lot 209 - 1955 Cadillac Coupe De Ville

Lot Number 209
Registration TSY 305
Chassis Number 556237DX
Engine Number 556237DX
Odometer reading 73,556 miles
Estimate £20,000 - £27,000
Result Sold - £21,508
  • Desirable 1955 example in great all-round order
  • Recent fully rebuilt engine by ZMS
  • Enthusiast owned

The Cadillac Series 40-62 was produced by Cadillac from 1940 through 1964. Originally designed to complement the entry level Series 65, it became the Cadillac Series 6200 in 1959, and remained that until it was renamed to Cadillac Calais for the 1965 model year. The Series 62 included a lower sleeker body, a new cellular grille insert and inverted gullwing front bumpers and tapered Dagmar style bumper guards. Round jet style dual exhaust outlets were incorporated into the vertical bumper extensions and the rear bumper was entirely redesigned. The Series 62 could be distinguished by the lack of rear fender louvers.

Automatic windscreen washers, power steering, 12-Volt electrical system and aluminium alloy pistons made the long list of standard equipment for the first time. Power steering, windows, seats, and automatic headlight dimming were optional. In 1955, the grille was redesigned with wider spaces between the blades and the parking lamps were repositioned directly below the headlights. The Coupe de Ville had a golden script nameplate at the upper body belt just forward of the rear window pillar. Tubeless tires were a new standard Cadillac feature and sales reached a record 118,190, accounting for nearly 84% of all Cadillac's sold. Standard equipment included back-up lights, turn signals and automatic transmission. Mechanics rated the 0-60 mph time as 17.3 seconds at the time and air conditioning was provided by Frigidaire optionally and consisted of a self-contained unit that was retrofitted at the customers request.

Presented in Champagne over Silver gunmetal, this well-known and respected Cadillac Coupe De Ville has been owned and loved by its current owner since 2012, it is published in American Car magazine that our owner even re-mortgaged her house in order to purchase this example! Nicknamed ‘King’ (Elvis too had a 1955 Coupe De Ville), to say this is a cherished example would be somewhat of an understatement with our owner and the car frequenting many a car shows together and on occasion winning best in show. In 2014 it was decided ‘King’ required some engine work and thus our vendor researched long and hard and after numerous recommendations settled upon Kevin of Zodiac Motor Services, the work as it turned out was obviously very good as the pair have since married and have enjoyed car shows together! As a side note our vendor never had to pay for the full engine rebuild but it is documented in the history file alongside the story of the purchase within the four page feature in American Car magazine. Also found within the history file are the original manuals and a photo book of the body restoration alongside the UK V5C registration document. It must be stressed that many 50’s Cadillacs lack the credentials to lace the boots of TSY 305 and we feel this estimate is very good value for such an iconic car in great all-round condition and especially with the assurance of a relatively recent full engine rebuild.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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