1962 Cadillac Convertible in exceptional original condition..
Very nice original survivor. One from my own collection, I have owned it since 2008. Well documented history since new including Sales Invoice, manuals, warranty card and service records. Original leather interior that shows very well. One repaint in the original color by the Cadillac Dealer back in the mid 1970’s. Always garaged and serviced. Just replaced convertible top. Fully loaded including Air Conditioning. Original black license plates exchanged for California vanity plate “1962 Cad” many years ago.
This car has an interesting history to it…. Sold new in Pasadena California to Mrs. M. Hill who bought a new Cadillac every year. Her husband was a successful Redwood Lumber dealer and they owned a large Arts and Crafts home in Pasadena designed by Greene & Green known as the Blacker House. Later on when she sold this home it would become important in the preservation movement of these classic homes in Pasadena. (more info Wikepedia) The address of the house “1177 Hillcrest “ is on the cars warranty card. This was her first convertible ever and within several months she took it back to the dealer complaining the car was “to noisy”. Once the Dealer explained this was typical of a convertible model she asked for another car. When she realized she would not receive full credit on this one because it was “used” she was became upset and vowed never to buy another Cadillac. She immediately went next store to the Lincoln Dealer in Pasadena and traded it in on a new sedan….
The man I purchased the car from, Tom B. saw the car on the Lincoln Dealers lot in October 1962 when it was still almost a new model, which he thought was strange. However, compared to the Lincolns he was looking at he concluded this was a prettier car and arranged to buy it. While doing the paper work with the salesman by chance he met the women who would become his wife. This was mainly the only reason he kept this car all these years. It was retired from daily use sometime in the late 1960’s and was used only occasionally. Storage was easy as he was an avid Aviation buff and had his own Airplane, and would simply store the car in his Hanger. That’s where it was when I bought it in 2008, and he was still happily married to the women he met buying it.
When buying the car he explained all of this in much greater vivid detail. I thought it was a great story and later went on to learn more about the Blacker House and the cars first “short term” owner. In doing so I found many old newspaper clippings at the Pasadena Historical Society of the controversy that developed when Mrs. Hill sold this landmark house. I decided to take it a step further and looked up her up several years ago, then in her 90’s and living in Northern California. I gave her a call and the conversation began with… “You don’t know me, but I own a car that use to be yours” She replied with “Honey I have owed a lot of cars in my life time, which one?” When I answered a “1962 Cadillac Convertible” she immediately replied “How can you stand that car, it so noisy!” Guess even after 46 years first impressions are not forgotten….
We ended up having a pleasant conversation about her years living at the Blacker House, her late husbands interest in exotic cars and her interest in Doll collecting.
This car has survived amazingly well all these years and the background story / history helps explain why. If you are considering investing in an early 1960’s Cadillac Convertible you would want to consider this example. It’s been a pleasure to own and has gotten many compliments wherever I take it out.