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Saoutchik Cadillac Series 62 Three Position Convertible 1948
Saoutchik Cadillac Series 62 Three Position Convertible 1948
7.5/10 rating (6 votes)

Description

In 1948 noted New York City furrier, Louis Ritter, commissioned Saoutchik to create a special convertible on a Cadillac chassis. When the Series 62 chassis arrived in Paris, Saoutchik probably looked at it as an opportunity to try some new ideas he also applied on a Delahaye and expose his work to America. He borrowed only few styling cues from the Cadillac line and used them in a distinctly French way with hopes that the car would gain attention from some of America's major players. This car was displayed at the Paris Salon of 1948 where it stole the show.

The story goes that the first owner drove the car out to Hollywood and used it there for only a few months before tiring of it and selling it. It was then acquired by a mid-western business man, Harold McLean, from Santa Barbara whose wife's favorite colors, it seems, were lilac and purple. It got repainted a less flamboyant white color, but retained its original canework and lilac lower body.

There is another 1948 Cadillac Series 62 chassis that received similar coachwork. The black and purple car is missing Saoutchik's signature hood emblem and nameplate and
has a gold "V" and monogrammed crest above the radiator. 

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