1950 Cadillac Series 62 Sport Sedan
The Cadillac name has always been a hallmark of design in the upscale market and Cadillacs for 1950 were the ultimate in luxury for the American car buyer. A complete restyle for 1950 gave way to a newer and more modern appearance in the crowded postwar market. Gone was the bolt-on fender appearance and in was a smooth and aerodynamic design that would define the look of the U.S. automobile. Cadillac would go on to dominate the luxury car market in the 1950s as rival Packard would build its last car in 1958.
The superb example of Cadillac’s history offered here is not only one of the most perfect original cars in existence, but also has a unique story that solidifies its place in history. The Series 62 Sport Sedan was owned by Father Stephen Panik of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Father Panik is best remembered as the creator of one of Bridgeport’s first low-cost housing developments in 1939. The development was originally named Yellow Mill Village, but was renamed Father Panik Village in 1955 as a tribute to him. One day, Father Panik bought a church raffle ticket from the St. Cyrils Church. Surely Father Panik’s intentions were most likely a gesture in helping out the church, but when the winning ticket was pulled, Father Panik found himself to be the owner of a brand new Series 62 Cadillac Sport Sedan. Father Panik must have felt humbled by the experience as he rarely ever drove the Cadillac. The Panik family sold the Cadillac to Connecticut collector Fred DiCamillo, who further kept it in pristine condition until he passed away in the early 1990s. This Cadillac has since been maintained in its near perfect original state. It still retains approximately 90% of its factory paint and 100% of its factory installed interior. In terms of originality, this 1950 Cadillac has no equal. The mileage to date is a mere 40,000 miles since leaving the factory 62 years ago.
There may be many restored examples of collector automobiles, but this 1950 Cadillac Sport Sedan is a car that has a dedication to originality that is rarely seen in the present day. It is literally a time capsule that has been beautifully preserved. The fine original car will make a perfect addition to any collection.