Another California Barn Find! 1958 Cadillac Series 62

And now for another entry from Crusty Cadillacs (and no, this is not the same ’58 that my colleague Ron Denny featured on 7/27). Yesterday, we covered this dilapidated ’62 Caddy Series 62 convertible, and today, it’s a ’58 series 62, two-door hardtop, or “Coupe” as defined by Cadillac. It looks just about as forlorn as the convertible, but at least the top on this one doesn’t retract so maybe the interior will have a fighting chance. This subject car is offered by the same seller as the convertible, and it is in the same location, Ramona, California. It is available, here on eBay for a current bid of $1,125 with four bids tendered so far.

The seller indicates that this Cadillac has been designated as a parts car because it was acquired to assist in the restoration of another ’58 coupe. However, this subject car is claimed as being “mostly intact” so perhaps some enterprising soul can find a way to return this Series 62 hardtop to its former splendor. That said, the task could turn out to be a very tall order!

Apparently, this Cadillac is no longer secured in its barn-like setting and has been removed. That being the case, snapping a few pictures of it, outside in the daylight, would have been helpful. The seller advises, “Body is straight. Lots of surface rust, however, and a few cancerous spots as well as can be seen in the photos. Car was originally painted in Cheviot Gray…” Short of an on-the-spot inspection, one would have to take the seller’s word for the exterior condition, the included images are dark and not terribly comprehensive. This visual of the rear portion shows what looks like a very sunbaked trunk lid so it’s a safe bet that this coupe has seen a lot of outside time. Being a California car, however, perhaps the underside integrity has not been compromised. The main image reveals rusty front bumpers but the typically ornate grille appears to still be in place and not damaged – at least what can be seen.

It is said that the 310 gross HP, 365 CI V8 engine, “does not run and the engine has not been turned over or touched“. What’s missing is for how long a time the engine has not been turned over. More than likely, it has been many moons since the Delco starter was engaged. The underhood shot is showing the full Green Acres treatment with what looks like hay scattered about so assume a major rebuild would be in order, if even doable. There’s no word as to what happened to the radiator but the air cleaner assembly is included, it’s just parked in the trunk. And fortunately, the seller has the trunk key as the ignition key is apparently lost. As with yesterday’s ’62 convertible, a Hydramatic automatic transmission was the only gearbox choice in ’58.

The interior doesn’t appear to be as destroyed as that of the ’62 convertible, it’s just incredibly dusty which makes one think that the windows were in the lowered position for some length of time. The dash pad is split and it looks like something may have been living in the glovebox. Interesting is to see that both of the lighters for the dual ashtrays (nothing like the ’60s!) have been pinched. From what can be seen of the bench seat bottom, it looks to be all together; maybe there is hope after all!

This coupe actually looks more restorable than the ’62 convertible, it’s puzzling that it would be considered a parts car possibility. Of course, we aren’t seeing it in clear, unobstructed detail either. Anyway, I still think a bath would do it wonders, how about you?

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Comments

  1. Mitchell G. Member

    California Cadillac Barn Finds: the 1986-87 Grand National of this week on Barn Finds

    Not that I’m complaining

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  2. Thomas Crum

    I have owned a 1958 Coupe De Ville and also a 1957 Fleetwood. Should never have sold them. Have a radio for a 1957/58 Cadillac. I see where this radiodoes nothave the correct knobs on the radio. So anxious to obtain another one soon.

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  3. Steve Clinton

    ANOTHER one? There CAN’T be that many barns in California!

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  4. Thomas Crum

    I travel California all over. We must have 1,000,000 farms. Some are dairies, some are orchards, some are vineyards and some are row crop farms. I just discovered a 1957 Cadillac Seville in a very small town near Fresno, Ca. This car wouldnever have seen snow unless it ws snowing at the Detroit factory when produced. A very soft metalic green with a white vynal top and with the orginal tires, all flat. This Cadillac has the gold KH sabre wheels. Zero rust but 100 pounds of dirt. Interior well oxidized but a 100% orginal car. Trying my best to buy it. Offered $19,000 and he turned me down. Gladly held someone buy it ifthey feel it is worth more.

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  5. Captain CrustyCrab

    Vehicle Storage Instructions:

    1: Remove engine air cleaner assembly and relocate to trunk or seat upholstery.

    2: Check carburetor inlet for restrictions in order to ensure that engine internals are exposed to dirt, water and vermin.

    Seems to be a widely adopted means of storage.

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  6. Mountainwoodie

    Jim- Its r-A- mona California.

    Not far from me , maybe forty five minutes.

    If any BF’rs have a real yen for eyes on I’ll be glad to accomodate you. You can email me at mountainwoodie@gmail.com. Include your phone number and I’ll call you.

    • Jim ODonnell Staff

      I’m relying too much on Grammarly to catch my spelling errors; fixed now.

      JO

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