You might not have heard of Roger Carnahan Hatton earlier than, however he lived a full life in the best way that many people hope. His father based R.C. Hatton Farms in 1932 in Pahokee, Florida, and Roger integrated the corporate in 1964, making the farm a pioneer in creating crop manufacturing strategies, to not point out creating a number of candy corn varieties. And, after all, Roger was a gearhead.
Alas, Roger left this world earlier this 12 months, although not with out the love of household or his love of automobiles. Two of them shall be on AutoHunter, powered by ClassicCars.com, starting Monday, November 14 and so they mirror the discerning eye that Roger had.
The primary one is actually historic, a 1949 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Nineteen forty-nine was the primary 12 months of this model however, oh, what a model it was! Together with the Buick Roadmaster Riviera and the Oldsmobile 98 Vacation, the sporty Coupe de Ville was the business’s first manufacturing “hardtop convertible,” later often known as a two-door hardtop. The Coupe de Ville was trimmed at the next degree than most Cadillacs, that includes normal energy home windows and even imitating the headliner of a real convertible.
Plus, this was the second 12 months of Cadillac’s humped rear fenders, so the pubescent fins mixed with the clear greenhouse styling (attributable to no B-pillar) was a design triumph amongst American postwar automobiles.
Moreover, 1949 was the 12 months that Cadillac, together with Oldsmobile, launched a high-compression OHV V8 that was step one in what would result in the “Horsepower Race” beginning in 1955, if not issues embraced by the burgeoning sizzling rod set, NASCAR and drag racing.
Roger’s Fiesta Ivory on Fiesta Ivory Coupe de Ville, options an ivory vinyl and brown fabric inside and, after all, is powered by the brand new 160-horsepower 331 hooked as much as GM’s famend Hydra-Matic Drive computerized transmission. The odometer reads 48K miles although no phrase on whether or not these are unique miles on the chassis. This one hits all of the buttons for an American postwar automobile.
Cadillac’s predominant competitor, Packard, used to guide the luxurious section in America, however the interval after World Struggle II was not variety to the corporate because of stale styling, a problematic merger with Studebaker, and being sluggish to develop a contemporary V8. Nonetheless, Packard got here again with a vengeance in 1955 with unbelievable fashion and engineering. Fact be instructed, the brand new Packards have been heavy redesigns of the 1951 physique, which accounts for the excessive beltline, however they have been as good as something available in the market.
Engineering-wise, Packard launched a number of technical improvements. The primary was an all-new V8 measuring 352ci with as much as 275 horsepower. This was class-leading amongst American luxurious manufacturers, with solely the 1955 Chrysler C-300 providing extra horses. Twin-Ultramatic was additionally new, an computerized (the one one produced by an impartial automaker) that featured stable engineering however sadly required doting upkeep to maintain it working correctly.
One other new characteristic was four-wheel Torsion Degree suspension, which set a brand new normal for trip and dealing with. Although 1955 was a robust 12 months for almost everybody, Packard’s new steady was so unbelievable that gross sales practically doubled from the 1954 model 12 months. Alas, the restoration was not sufficient, and Packard would begin utilizing Studebaker our bodies in 1957 and disappear after 1958.
This 1955 Packard is a 4 Hundred, a “Senior” model solely obtainable as a two-door hardtop, so it will have been the equal of the Coupe de Ville on Cadillac’s facet. Completed in two-tone crimson and white with a black/crimson/white inside (with seat covers, no much less), this 4 Hundred options the 352 V8 with Twin-Ultramatic transmission, energy home windows, AM radio, and clock. Odometer reads 76K miles, although the vendor hasn’t made recognized whether or not these are unique miles.
So, what’ll it’s? The unique two-door hardtop or the trendy upstart? Both method, it’s clear that Roger Carnahan Hatton had style on a number of ranges.