1948 Cadillac

Series 61 Coupe $31,500

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1948 Cadillac Series 61

There's really nothing like assuming the helm of a late 1940's Cadillac, a car from an era where General Motors was at the tip top of their game in terms of both design and performance. Unfortunately, top-notch vintage Cadillacs that are ready to drive are becoming increasingly hard to find. The factory perfect cars are locked in padded garages and only allowed to see daylight during concours level events, and the field dwelling project cars are aging almost as fast as the cost of restoring them is going up. But every once in a while a nice, a car that is not only eye catching in its design, but also represents the epitome of success, like this super cool 1948 Series 61 Cadillac that has pulled into our showroom and stopped everyone dead in their tracks.


For consignment, the pinnacle of achievement trophy in the form of a 1948 Cadillac Series 61, albeit in barn find condition. She will need some work to bring her back to perfection, including rust remediation, interior repair and a thorough mechanical once over, but once completed you will have a car that not only draws eyes, but also draws memories of good times past. You HAVE arrived!

A color change to black is draping the miles of steel panels on this big piece of Detroit iron. On the body work there are areas of some previous patching that have left the body metal bumpy as well as invasive rust peeking through in various areas that were once repaired. Chips and scratches are all over, as is surface rust in various areas and paint fading on the roof. Heavy use of chrome is everywhere on this body, and appears not to be missing any pieces, but rust has appeared on most surfaces marring the shiny finish. Window trimmings abound and there are some of these trimmings that show dings and dents and the mounted glass has become lightly de-laminated in a few areas. Extra-large bumpers with vertical protectors that have Dagmars mounted to their tips are seen on front, and the rear is sans Dagmars and just the vertical bars. Chrome mirrors on tall stalks have been added to both doors and chrome visors are on each side window. On the back is the beginnings of a bump up fin that protrudes from the rear quarter top, and a taillight occupies this space on the edge of the bump up. The star of the show is the torpedo style fastback roofline where the single curved trunkline meets the roofline and curves gracefully downward, housing a near horizontal curved glass rear window, and rounded trunk. A beautifully rounded rear fender with a skirt has chrome trimming on its leading edge and a large trim spear just above it that runs to the back of the car. Wide white wall tires are on all 4 corners and are dressed with standard Cadillac wheel covers.

A swing of the doors and we are greeted with a mix of taupe steel uppers and white vinyl lowers at least for the passenger's door, the driver's door has been stripped of its panel exposing the inner workings of the window mechanism. 2 long broadcloth benches, the front having a split back, with tan striped inserts and gray bolsters sit in brown broadcloth covered tubs. Extra wide gray piping is delineating the two patterns. The front bench is soiled, has material tearing, and has suffered from water damage. The rear bench has water damage on the cushions and tearing on the top of the upper cushion, however we have found the missing door panel. Soiled but intact black carpeting floods the floors and would benefit from a good scrubbing. Upfront the full metal jacket dash is finished in taupe and is showing some dulling and wear. A nicer arched speedometer has the steering column protruding from its bottom and a cracked and worn Bakelite wheel sits atop with a bullet styled center hub. A radio is in the center, and a clock in front of the passenger. The chrome on these appliances is fading and slightly pitted. The headliner is tan mohair and shows a little water damage but looks nice and tight.

Heaving the hood which resembles a Trojan helmet we see the 346ci flathead V8. It is a numbers matching mill and has a single 2-barrel carburetor on top. On the back is a 4-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission. Way back is a 3.36 rear axle. All of this appears as original with patina, surface rust and corrosion, but appears visually complete.

Up on the lift we see a solid frame covered in a heavy coating of surface rust. This surface rust has appeared on nearly every other component down below, and signs of invasive rust are apparent on the flooring in a few areas. While these areas have been repaired with panels from above, they could be done in a more professional manner. The rockers remain solid, but also show signs of repair. Front independent coil spring suspension along with rear leaf springs provide the ride for this cruiser while drum brakes on all 4 corners. A single exhaust system is on as is a Cherrybomb muffler all coated in more surface rust.

While a key has been located, the duration of storage has left us with trepidation as to starting this gleaming hulk of steel and chrome. We do note that the engine does turn over by hand.

Here we have a fine example of a big Caddy from 1948 with most of its original equipment on it. Some TLC for the cosmetic aspect will be required to make it perfect, and a good cleaning and some minor repairs will go a long way for the interior. With the looks and likes that this mechanical marvel holds, it's definitely standing room only for gawkers and fans...and that's before you finish the restoration.

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Series 61
Sub Model


Engine Size
346 ci V8
Fuel Specification
91 Octane or below
Engine Type
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic


Body Color
Body Style


Interior Color
Seating Type
Split Bench
Seat Material
Shifter Type

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