Historic Cadillac and Packard Hardtops on AutoHunter

You may not have had heard of Roger Carnahan Hatton before, but he lived a full life as many of us hope. His father founded RC Hatton Farms in 1932 in Pahokee, Florida, and Roger incorporated the business in 1964, making the farm a pioneer in developing methods of crop production, not to mention developing various types of sweet corn. And of course Roger was a gear stick.

Sadly, Roger left this world earlier this year, but not without his love for the family or his love for cars. Two of them will be on display on AutoHunter, powered by ClassicCars.com, starting Monday, November 14, and they reflect the critical eye that Roger had.

The first is really 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 ‘hardtop convertible’, later known as a two-door hardtop. The Coupe de Ville was trimmed to a higher level than most Cadillacs, with power windows as standard and even the headliner of a real convertible.

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Plus, this was the second year of Cadillac’s humpback rear fenders, so the hairy fins coupled with the sleek greenhouse style (due to no B-pillar) was a design triumph among American post-war cars.

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

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