1950 Cadillac Series 61 Coupe
•Next-to-last model year for Series 61
•All original with one repaint in factory color
•Original 331 OHV V-8 engine
•Hydramatic four-speed automatic transmission
•Black exterior (code 1)
•Original gray cloth interior (code 31)
•Power steering upgrade but can return to manual steering if desired
•Electronic ignition and following new parts, drum brakes, gas tank, battery, alternator and 12-volt electrical system
•Sun visor in trunk with original spare tire
•Documentation includes original 1950 Cadillac Shop Manual; original Guide to Sterling Values in Cadillac ownership; badges, including Heritage of Ownership; and a second place award from the 1993 Grand National Meet of the Valley Forge Region
Two years after the postwar Cadillacs set the styling world on its ear by mimicking the Lockheed P-38 in its tail fins, the cars were lower and sleeker for 1950. They had longer hoods and one-piece windshields. The Series 61 was Cadillac’s entry-level model.
This example was garage-kept and is all original with just one repaint. The paint and trim are in overall very good order, the car shows straight and solid bodywork while its massive chrome bumpers fit tightly to the body. The engine bay is tidy while the trunk’s cargo area is in similar fashion and has the original spare tire and wheel, along with an incomplete external sun visor. The gas camp is hidden behind the driver’s side taillamp.
This Cadillac rolls on Coker Classics wide whitewall tires with a 122-inch wheelbase and new drum brakes.
Under the hood is Cadillac’s revolutionary 331 CID overhead valve V-8 engine, which replaced its long line of inline eight-cylinder mills. This particular example is original to the car, breathes via dual exhausts and has been upgraded to power steering but can be retrofitted to stock if desired.
The car’s original gray cloth interior (code 31) is in overall satisfactory condition, including the front and rear bench seats, three-spoke steering wheel and gray metal instrument panel, complete with clock. The car also comes with an extra radio.
Cadillacs had extensive styling changes in 1950. They looked generally heavier and had low sleek contours with longer rear decks, more sweeping front fenders and a broken rear fender line. The hood protruded more at front and was underlined by a more massive eggcrate grille. Round parking lights were used, but as in the past, when buyers chose fog lamps an additional bulb and larger housing were used. This setup combined the fog lamps and the directional signals. One piece windshields were introduced and the leading edge of the rear fenders which had a broken-off look, was highlighted by chrome imitation air slots. The rear fenders were longer and ended in a swooping tailfin design. The Cadillac script again appeared on the sides of the front fenders but was now positioned closer to the front door opening gap. As far as Series 61 models went a big styling change was a return to marketing this line on the shorter wheelbase B-body than used on the Series 62. This led to some styling differences. For example, the Series 61 Sedan had no rear window ventipanes and featured a rear wraparound backlight. An identifying feature on both models was the absence of rocker panel moldings and rear quarter panel chrome underscores. The Series 61 was four inches shorter than in the previous season.
If you’re a Cadillac collector or you desire postwar classics, this 1950 Cadillac Series 61 Coupe might be your next collectible. Stop by Mission Classics today and check it out for yourself.
This car is currently located at our facility in Brooksville, Florida. Current mileage on the odometer shows 35,103 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!
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