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1948 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe Custom

  • Chassis no. 486211324

Sold for $121,000

Est. 375 hp, 472 cu. in. Cadillac V-8 engine, GM Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, rear air suspension with an Oldsmobile 98 solid axle, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in.

  • Customized by Charlie Brewer and Bobby Griffey
  • A modern custom with a period look and feel

The Cadillac presented here, originally a low-mileage Series 62 Club Coupe, was discovered in Northern California in the 1970s and then shipped to Ohio. At that time, it was completely stock, with the exception of being fitted with its present 472-cubic inch Cadillac V-8. It was enjoyed in that state over the next few years, until it was decided that the car would undergo mechanical and cosmetic customization.

In the 1980s, the Cadillac was sent to custom car builder Charlie Brewer. Brewer began with chopping the top by two inches in the front and two and a half inches in the rear. At the same time, the rear deck lid was spliced and refitted. To continue the car’s smooth and streamlined look, all of the emblems, the hood ornament, and other trim were removed, as were the door handles. The Cadillac’s original split windshield was replaced with a cut-down wraparound windscreen from a 1950 Oldsmobile 98. The bumper guards were removed, and a single dual over rider from a 1952-53 Kaiser was added to the rear. The Cadillac was finished with 48-spoke wire wheels that were fitted with whitewall tires, as well as twin Appleton spotlights and twin exhausts.

The car’s current 472 V-8 was completely rebuilt and fitted with larger-displacement 500-cubic inch cylinder heads. Power was sent through a GM Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission to a solid rear axle from an Oldsmobile 98. Under the hood, the engine compartment was detailed and the air cleaner was painted to match the exterior finish.

The interior work was left to noted specialist Bobby Griffey, and it included reupholstering the car in a two-tone maroon and white to match the exterior. Both the headliner and carpets were finished in a matching maroon as well. Furthermore, the dash was completely refinished to match. For ease of access, an under-dash trunk release was installed and a control panel for the rear air suspension was placed in the glove box. Like the interior, the trunk is finished in a matching maroon, and it also houses a matching spare.

This custom “Sedanette” was acquired by the Andrews’ in 2007, and it still remains in remarkable condition, ready to cruise and enjoy.

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