CC Outtake: 1963 Cadillac Convertible – How to Turn Heads at Age 50

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With spring finally displacing the East Coast’s long and snowy winter, convertibles are starting to come out again, along with joggers and gym-goers trying to look good as beach season rapidly approaches.  What better time to take out a classic convertible and improve one’s appearance?  Even in the case of this fifty year old Cadillac Convertible spotted last autumn (according to the 1963 Cadillac brochure, a 1963 Cadillac convertible, other than an Eldorado, was called simply a “Cadillac Convertible,” not a deVille or 62 Convertible), some work has been done to restore its youthful good looks.  Just as with people, the results are debatable.

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The old girl apparently is a resale redhead rather than a natural one, since the exterior and interior colors do not match.  The seats appear not to be restored to their original state either, as they lack the buttons and creases usually seen on the seats of 1963 Cadillac convertibles, as seen on the example profiled earlier (someone else will know whether that seat treatment was used on all 1963 Cadillac Convertibles or was an option).  But on a sunny day when you have this view from your wheelhouse, surrounded by colorful paint, chrome, and aluminum, and with a 390 V8 at the command of your right foot through that big pedal, would you really care?