1946 Cadillac Series 62
1946 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Cadillac is the second oldest American automobile brand. It was founded in 1902 after a dispute between Henry Ford and his investors. In 1909, General Motors purchased Cadillac and positioned it as the premier luxury brand of the GM conglomerate, which still stands to this day.
The Series 62 was a line of cars produced by Cadillac from 1940 through 1964. The second generation Series 62, such as this one, was designed by famed GM designer Harley Earl. Production years were 1946 and 1947. It was available in a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan and 2-door convertible. All cars were powered by a 346 cubic inch flathead V8, producing 150 horsepower, and were paired with either a 3 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission.
This was one of the first vehicles to enter production after the war which made it quite notable at the time. Cadillac produced 1,342 convertibles such as this one in 1946 at a price of $2,556.00. This car left the factory with options of automatic transmission, power brakes, power top, power seats and front power windows (rear seat windows are crank style).
This particular car has a wonderful provenance. It was purchased at the Pomona Swap Meet in the late 1980’s by famed children’s author and artist, Chuck Murphy. The car was an unrestored original. In the early 1990’s, the car was shipped to Oregon where it underwent a complete restoration that took two years to complete. When finished, it was shipped back to its home in California where it was stored in a garage and has accumulated a mere 500 miles since then.
This car came to live at the museum in December 2014. It is a wonderful example of post war luxury and technology from one of the world’s finest automobile manufacturers.
Chuck Murphy 1947 - 2014
Author & Designer of Children’s Pop Up Books and Artist
This 1946 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was owned by famed children’s author Chuck Murphy. He passed away in 2014 and his beautifully restored Cadillac convertible came to live at the museum after that time. Chuck always had a passion for classic cars, over his lifetime he owned several including a 1953 MG TD, 1963 Jaguar S Type, 1950 Ford 2 door Sedan and numerous others, but this 1946 Cadillac was his all time favorite and his dream car.
Chuck Murphy's other passion was his profession, He attended The well known Art Center College of Design in Pasadena Ca and was well recognized in his field for writing & paper engineering of children's books. His specialty was children's interactive ‘pop up’ books. Many doctor’s offices throughout the country have a practice of giving books to children during routine checkups.
These books are selected by the doctor based on the child’s age. Chuck Murphy’s books are often given because of the interaction and stimulation of young minds. His books have been published and distributed throughout the world in many languages. Below is a sample of a Chuck Murphy book.
Model: Series 62
Style: 2-door convertible
Serial No: N/A
Engine Cyl: flathead V8
Engine Size: 346 cubic inch
Engine HP: 150
Trans: 4 speed automatic