1957 Cadillac Coupe de Ville 62 Series
Bought in 1995 from a guy who had a lot of other old cars some of which I wish I would of looked into more just this is the one that caught my eye as I wanted to buy a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville yet I was only 12 & my parents told me no. Anyways this 1957 should be painted Orion Blue yet for some reason its been painted Ford Blue. The following has either been replaced or rebuilt: fuel lines, brake lines, brakes front to back, wheels, wheel bearings, master cylinder, carb, valve cover gaskets. I bought it with the intention to drive it as is, & in doing so I won 3rd Place at UW-Stout Auto Show in 2009 in 1955-1960 Stock Class.
I now have an appraisal for your 1957 series 62 Coupe de Ville. I am quoting out of the “Old Cars” Report price guide. The category I believe would be between number 3 and a number 4. A number 3 value is about $16,000 and a number 4 is about $8000 in value. Looking over your list of good points vs bad points I am going with a value of around $12000. This is of course without actually seeing the car first hand. The pictures do help a lot. The rust in the bumpers is the biggest problem as the bumpers for many Cadillacs are very scares and very expensive. Finding bumpers good enough to re-plate is difficult. Expensive to purchace. Expensive to repair. Expensive to chrome plate. I have seen bumper ends for $500 each and up to $1000. To top it off, they need repairs and chrome plating as well. You should look real hard for a good donor car or good used parts as they are almost extinct. Because of missing bumpers and rusty repairs plus plating costs, the value diminishes to about $9000 to $10000. I would believe the engine could very well be original 59000 miles. The interior looks very good. Has the engine been repainted? Is it the original color? Rebuilt engines are generally painted blue or black in most cases. The fact that it runs and has had work indicates it is good enough to add newer parts to it so it must be good. The rest of needed repairs keep it from going into the next classification of a good #3 or higher value. It needs some outer body detailing to sharpen it up.
Hope this helps,
Mike of Car Creations