Hooniverse Mad Men Weekend – Don Draper's Cadillac, and One You Can Own.

Welcome to the Hooniverse Mad Men Weekend Edition. I thought this would be a great time to explore the vehicles that appeared in the wildly successful television series Mad Men. This series has been so successful that there will soon be another series set in this same period called PAN AM… yes, that Pan Am. It will be set during the early 60s, when men smoked, drank, and flew planes, and women were flight attendants. But let’s get back to Mad Men shall we? As you are well aware, this series takes place during the early 60s, with the fourth season starting in 1964. The look of the show is spot on, with beautiful women, handsome men, and a lot of eye candy, from the furniture used in the homes and offices, to the multitude of alcoholic beverages and the constant smoking, to the wonderful automotive sculpture used as background. One of the most important cars in the series is Don Draper’s 1962 Cadillac Coupe deVille, and you can buy your own…

One of the best lines in the series was when Draper decided to purchase a Cadillac after his unfortunate accident in a Dodge. The scene went like this:

Salesman: This is the one. 1962 Coupe deVille. Does everything but make breakfast. What are you in now?
Don: I had a Dodge.
Salesman: Those are wonderful if you want to get somewhere. This is for when you’ve already arrived.
Don: Is that right? 

So, you now have a craving to have a car just like Draper. Well, here is a 1962 Coupe deVille, in a slightly different color, but it is still a Cadillac. This best styled one of the best styled Cadillacs ever, and according to the listing:

his is a very beautiful 1962 Cadillac Coupe in Fire Mist Red. This was a west coast California car which has been garage kept up in Idaho for the past few years. This is a nice solid car, it runs beautifully, has new brakes, the wipers, windows, seats etc all work. White wall tires have less than 100 miles, A/C blows cold the system has held its charge for the past twenty years, we just added another couple of cans of R12 to top it up. The car has an older repaint job but it looks good, a few typical minor blemishes. The interior was redone a few years ago and looks very nice. We have replaced most of the belts and hoses and it also has new brakes. The radio powers up but no sound. Overall this is a really nice looking car. Underneath the car is very clean with no issues. 

This car has only 1 bid as of this writing, and it hasn’t met reserve. So, how much would you pay to drive like Don Draper? See the eBay listing here.

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  1. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    I wouldn't go over ten, and probably not for this one. The respray is a poor color choice, particularly for that interior,, and the re-upholstery is a long way off from the original Draper's two-tone really accentuates the fine lower body, and monochromes beautifully with the interior. The showroom he bought it out of also shows how powerful the modern design language was at that time, the whole place reeks of class and affluence and focuses attention on the cars displayed. You know you want one.

  2. RichardKopf Avatar

    I know this will sound crazy, but I would hold out for a sedan deVille.

  3. OA5599 Avatar

    *please note the car does not include the black California plates.*
    For those of you in California, what can you do with black plates if you remove them from the car? Can you transfer them to another car?
    I always assumed that when a California seller advertised that a car had black plates, it was an implied statement that the car had not been registered in the rust belt at any time since the plate was issued.

  4. dwegmull Avatar

    Wait a minute! Back then, women were stewardesses.
    Nice car, by the way.

  5. tonyola Avatar

    I agree that the color on this car is somewhat unfortunate – I see this car in a pastel, black cherry, or midnight blue. Otherwise, it's fairly nice. However, if I was going to buy a '60s Cadillac, I personally would seek out a 1964 or 1966. Those are my favorite years. Make mine a Fleetwood or Eldorado convertible.
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  6. thomasmac Avatar

    Hooray for Mad Men! This is weird timing, I just finished watching the whole series yesterday after downloading it a few months ago. Bring on the Breaking Bad in July! Everytime I see one of these Caddys on the road I cringe at the thought of parkin… er….docking is more like it. Still beautiful cars though, and a bargain given the original prices!

    1. Maxichamp Avatar

      Let's hope there isn't a series on Hooniverse featuring the Pontiac Aztek of Breaking Bad.

      1. njhoon Avatar

        Or mobile meth lab…

        1. thomasmac Avatar

          Everytime I see an old RV all I think is HAISENBERG!

          1. njhoon Avatar

            While looking for a good reply I found this:
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      2. thomasmac Avatar

        The Grand Wagoner isnt bad though, and Jesse drives a beat up Subaru of some sort doesnt he? (not well versed on vintage Subarus) I love what a piece of crap that Aztek turns into