Some of the most flamboyant and expensive coachwork ever to come out of France was created, or caused to be, by expatriate Russian cabinet maker Jacques Saoutchik.
In 1948 noted New York City furrier Louis Ritter commissioned J. Saoutchik to execute a special convertible on a Cadillac chassis. The car was completed in time to be displayed at the Paris Salon of 1949. The car stole the show and, after having it shipped back to New York, he drove it to California. Ritter used the car around Beverly Hills for a number of months and then offered it for sale; a couple from Santa Barbara purchased the car.
This is one of two 1948 Series 62 Cadillac chassis that received similar coachwork and is the more elaborate three-position convertible coupe creation; it has been restored in the same color and canework combination as when it was new.
Among this car’s many honors are First Place Awards at the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) events, and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.