1953 Cadillac

1953 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan

1953 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan

After owning our 1953 Cadillac for almost thirty years, we have decided it’s time to move on. This family favorite has been on tours all around the area, taken kids to car shows, and been in many parades. Our son and I rebuilt the engine, and transmission, updated and polished everything on the car. Our friend Jim S rebuilt the Wonder-Bar radio, and it worked the last time I had the car running! The car handles well on the road. It is a Cadillac in every sense of the word. Large, roomy, and fun for everyone. Our memories are nothing but fun, but it’s time to move on.

The car has been in the family since 1972. I’ve owned it since 1988. We’ve religiously saved receipts for all the repairs. The body is sound, the tires are good, the carpet and seat covers are almost new. When we backed it into the garage a couple of years ago the engine ran fine. It had several thousand miles on the rebuild, and no troubles for years. It’s just that since that last trip, we’ve found new ways to fill our time.

Over the years we took the car to innumerable swap meets. we have collected just about every piece of dealer documentation available. Need an owner’s manual? Got it. How about the Salesman’s Data Book? Got it. Serviceman’s Bulletins? Got ‘em all. Magazine advertisements? Probably every one! We even have a stack of books, like the theory of operation for the Hydramatic Transmission. There’s enough reading material to get you all the way through a Great Plains Blizzard this winter.

Spare parts? We have a few, but not many. Our local NAPA store could supply every maintenance part we’ve ever needed, but I’ve got a couple of things that are fun to have.

masi9046If you or someone you know wants to get into the classic car hobby quickly and easily, this is the car to take on.

Is anything wrong with the car? Sure. It’s almost as old as me, but the car has fewer troubles than my old body. There are a few rust spots here and there, but the man on the street doesn’t notice. The heater control is frozen, but it’s frozen on, so a valve in the heater hose can adjust the heat, but it’s a summer car so who cares? The left turn signal had quit working the last time we had the car on the road; you might want to get that one fixed ASAP! The engine is sound and tight. The transmission has a very slow leak. After driving, it will leave a silver dollar sized drip on the driveway. I’ve never had to add fluid. I can tell you exactly why it does that, and it’s not worth the bother to fix it. The previous owner repainted the car in the seventies and it has since collected several dings and scratches. The chrome is OK. The brakes are good, but still the old brake fluid and a single master cylinder. The car is good enough for a road trip, but it won’t win a prize at the car show. (We did win several trophies over the years, but I don’t know where the darned things went.) So, it needs some work, very little. For someone with skills at fixing old cars, you could be driving to the ice cream shop after a few hours of tune-up and oil change.

xasi5403If you want a show car, this would be the easiest restoration possible. Please contact me at grandpa@grandpaguysstories.com and I can send more and pictures and answer other questions, such as when you can look at the car. You’ll be surprised how little I want.

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Details:

Condition: Used
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 5362xxxxx
Interior Color: Grey broadcloth with seat covers
Number of Cylinders: 8
Transmission: Automatic
Body Type: Sedan
Vehicle Title: Clear
Options: Radio, Heater, Automatic headlight dimmer, Wonderbar radio
Exterior Color: Blue
Year: 1953
Mileage: 150,000
Make: Cadillac
Model: Series 62
Engine: 331ci overhead valve V-8
Drive Type: RWD
Fuel Type: Gasoline
For Sale By: Private Seller
Location: Minnesota