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It was the day earlier than Thanksgiving in 1947 when a Washington, D.C., resident took supply of a glossy midnight blue Sequence 62 Cadillac convertible. The bottom worth of the automotive was $2,973. However no one will get away with out some non-obligatory extras.
Equipment on this automotive, in response to the unique window sticker included AM radio, underseat heater, undercoating, fog lights, wheel discs, white sidewall tires, backup gentle, windshield washer, antifreeze, glare-proof mirror, and license plate frames.
Cadillac didn’t cost something additional for the three-speed handbook transmission. Extra charges included $171.22 for hearth and theft, collision, public legal responsibility, and property injury insurance coverage. Tags and title had been an additional $26.04. The unique proprietor additionally opted for a lubrication contract for a further $36.50.
When the mud had settled the whole worth — out the door, off the lot — was $4,765.27, about the identical worth of a 1947 Chevrolet convertible and a 1947 Ford convertible mixed! After all, these two automobiles did not have the cachet of a Cadillac convertible.
Through the years, the Cadillac modified possession a couple of occasions, however stayed inside the identical Virginia household. It was all the time nicely cared for and, within the late Nineteen Nineties, the Cadillac was despatched out to a store in North Carolina on the market, together with a full restoration.
On the identical time, Bob and Grace Gluck had begun a particular seek for a 1947 Cadillac convertible. A buddy referred them to the restoration store, the place the 1947 Cadillac convertible was virtually full.
“Grace sat in it and had her image taken,” Bob says. They determined that they might by no means discover a nicer 1947 Cadillac. They bit the bullet and purchased the automotive that sported a 346-cubic-inch flathead, 150-horsepower V-8 beneath the lengthy, sculpted engine hood.
The Cadillac was trucked to their house, however a lot to the brand new proprietor’s dismay, the automotive would not begin when it arrived. After operating a number of assessments, it was ultimately decided that the automotive was merely out of gasoline. It is superb what a replenished gasoline tank can do for an engine.
With the rebuilt V-8 purring easily, the Cadillac rolled off the truck on its 126-inch wheelbase. “We needed to re-chrome the middle piece on the again bumper and re-porcelain the exhaust manifold,” explains Grace.
Of the 6,755 fashions manufactured in 1947, Bob says, “Fewer than 300 had handbook transmissions.” He reviews that he enjoys 12 to 14 mpg along with his handbook transmission. Capability of the gasoline tank is 20 gallons. Bob fortunately provides, “We burn no oil.”
“Principally, we polish it and maintain it clear,” Grace says of their lovely Cadillac convertible.
— Vern Parker, Motor Issues