Historic Cadillac and Packard Hardtops on AutoHunter

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Historic Cadillac and Packard Hardtops on AutoHunter

You may not have heard of Roger Carnahan Hatton before, but he lived a full life in the way that many of us hope. His father founded R.C. Hatton Farms in 1932 in Pahokee, Florida, and Roger incorporated the company in 1964, making the farm a pioneer in developing crop production methods, not to mention developing several sweet corn varieties. And, of course, Roger was a gearhead.

Alas, Roger left this world earlier this year, though not without the love of family or his love of cars. Two of them will be on AutoHunter, powered by ClassicCars.com, beginning Monday, November 14 and they reflect the discerning eye that Roger had.

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The first one is truly historic, a 1949 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Nineteen forty-nine was the first year of this model but, oh, what a model it was! Along with the Buick Roadmaster Riviera and the Oldsmobile 98 Holiday, the sporty Coupe de Ville was the industry’s first production “hardtop convertible,” later known as a two-door hardtop. The Coupe de Ville was trimmed at a higher level than most Cadillacs, featuring standard power windows and even imitating the headliner of a true convertible.

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Plus, this was the second year of Cadillac’s humped rear fenders, so the pubescent fins combined with the clean greenhouse styling (due to no B-pillar) was a design triumph among American postwar cars.

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Additionally, 1949 was the year that Cadillac, along with Oldsmobile, introduced a high-compression OHV V8 that was the first step in what would lead to the “Horsepower Race” starting in 1955, if not things embraced by the burgeoning hot rod set, NASCAR and drag racing.

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