My Classic Car: Tom’s 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

Tom's Dad bought this Cadillac new and kept it in excellent condition | Tom Ortega photos
Tom’s Dad bought this Cadillac new and kept it in excellent condition | Tom Ortega photos

My dad and mom purchased this car in 1962 here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It is still in original condition — paint, interior and very low mileage.

Driving brings back memories of family road trips
Driving brings back memories of family road trips

The car has power steering, brakes, windows, seats, antenna with Wonder Bar AM radio, auto headlight dimmer and cruise control. The air conditioning still blows cold. My dad was very proud of his “Caddy” and always kept it in top condition.

I still remember taking vacation trips with my parents. It was a smooth ride. We even pulled a camper trailer with it.

When my dad passed several years ago, my mom said I should keep the car because I spent a lot of time taking care of it with my dad. We still take it out for car shows and cruises.

I still feel like my Dad is with us when we take the car out.

— Tom Ortega, Albuquerque NM

13 thoughts on “My Classic Car: Tom’s 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille”

  1. KUDOS TO YOU, KEEP THAT CADDY PURRING. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CAR. I TOO HAVE THE SAME STORY 2 YRS AGO I PURCHASED A 70 LINCOLN MARK III THAT IS WHAT MY DAD DROVE WHEN I WAS YOUNG WHAT AWESOME RIDE. I KNOW HE IS WITH ME WHEN I TAKE HER OUT TO SHOWS AND JUST CRUISIN.

  2. Tom, what a beautiful story. I would be very proud, and you should be! Keep that Caddy running. If I remember correctly it has a 390 ci engine with a Jet-A-Way 4 spd transmission. I had a 1960, and a1964. They are great cars, they just float down the road. That’s why we call them big boats, because they float!

  3. At the present time I am not able to keep the 62 Cadillac If any one is interested I can be reached at 505-321-9913 Thanks , Tom

  4. Tom, I am posted in Okinawa and would be interested in your/Fathers car. Please leave a message as to the status…Thanks Dan

  5. Tom, sorry I didn’t give you my email address here in Okinawa. I have a problem calling you, so for now, if you want, emailing will be my method of communicating. my email address is dancyberdude@yahoo.com
    if you would let me know how much you want, the condition (you said in the article that everything is original)….in other words could I drive it from ABQ to Dallas with no problems?

  6. Alfredo i guess we are late to much, i really like this car and im abroad of USA, its important for me also to know the transfer price, we looking forward to hear from you Tom if zou still interesting to sell this car

    Sarbast

  7. What a cool piece of Cadillac car—My stage name is Cadillac–country rock singer– have owned many and presently have a 6-door limo that loves the interstate–as smooth a ride as you could imagine–Cadillac Courchene from Montana 406-650-4636 Happy cruisin !!!

  8. My dad had a 1962 4 window Deville in Firemist Red with white leather bucket seats up front, a four door we drove on a vacaction trip to Higvhland NC. I was 16 and drove most of the way. My multi colored madras shorts “bled’ onto the leather. He did not get angry, a wonderful man. I have several Caddys and Packards and really love driving my cars.

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