Want a one-of-a-kind Cadillac customized by a famous Italian coachbuilder? Look no further, we’ve found the one for you!
Even though Ghia made two Cadillacs, the cars have different front-end designs, so there’s no way in hell you’ll ever meet somebody at a stoplight driving a car just like yours. And you’ll definitely not find one alike in another collector’s garage, where most such cars live out their fates.
The current owner has had it for over two decades and has already restored it by the late Mike Fennel, a famed car restorer from Santa Clarita, California. Now, the car is up for sale at an auction organized by RM Sotheby’s in Arizona, which will take place on January 28-29, 2016. So there’s still time for that lucky lottery ticket or for selling your soul. Or something.
The original owners of the two Cadillac 62 Coupes built by Ghia are unknown, although the famed Rita Hayworth was rumored to have owned one of the two cars. The other first owner of a Ghia coachbuilt Cadillac 62 Coupe is John Perona, a longtime Ghia customer, and then-owner of Manhattan’s famed nightclub called El Morocco.
At the time of cataloging, the car had racked only 34,320 miles and a lot of impressive stories in its past. For example, it was shown at the 1989 and 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. At that event, it was ceremoniously reunited with its sister car, now located in a museum, Petersen Automotive, as mentioned above.
In case you’re wondering, the 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia is fitted with a 331 cubic-inch OHV V8 making 210 BHP and a four-speed automatic transmission from GM’s Hydra-Matic series. The front suspension is coil spring independent while the rear has a live axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs. All wheels use hydraulically operated drum brakes. By: autoevolution