1947 Cadillac Series 62

Vehicle Profiles

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Designed by Harley Earl, the Series 62 convertible coupe was the only open-bodied Cadillac in 1947 and was one of the company's most popular post-war models.....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

The Dream of Post War America
In practical terms, the 1947 Cadillac's were a continuation of the post war 1946's, which themselves dated back to the trend setting pre-war 1941's. However, Cadillac was so far ahead that the 1947's were stil....[continue reading]

Club Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 8459515

The 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe, also known as the Sedanette, first appeared in 1941 and sold as a 1942 model. Many other marques and divisions copied this beautiful design with its jet aged inspired swooping rear end. This fastback style wa....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

This 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is powered by a 346 cubic-inch flathead V8 engine which did four years of tank duty in World War II. Production in 1947 was 6,245 units at a starting price of $2,902.....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 8449667

Cadillac resumed civilian automobile production in October of 1945. The cars of the post-War era benefited from the company's considerable wartime experience, which included the production of some 12,0000 M-5 light tanks and motorized gun carriers. T....[continue reading]

Sedan
Designer: Harley Earl

Designed by legendary General Motors design chief Harley Earl, the Series 62 sedan was one of the company's most popular post-war models.....[continue reading]

Sedanette Fastback

All domestic automobile production ceased during World War II as manufacturing plants converted to building wartime tanks, aircraft and other much needed military goods. As hostilities came to a close in 1945, auto assembly lines resumed building car....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

The Cadillac series 62 was introduced in 1940 to replace the mid-size Series 70. It rode on a 129-inch wheelbase chassis and was powered by a 346 cubic-inch flat head V8 engine which did four years of tank duty in World War II. Production in 1947 was....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Designed by legendary General Motors design chief Harley Earl, the Series 62 coupe was one of the company's most popular post-war models.....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Engine Num: 6403877

The current owners of this Cadillac acquired it in 1987, sometime after the restored car earned its National First Place honors from the Antique Automobile Club of America. It is finished in Antoinette Blue paint and is well-equipped with full 'sombr....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: A8454487
Engine Num: 8454487

This Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is from the Malcolm Pray collection. It has received a body-off restoration which was completed in the late 1980s. In 1989, with owner Doug Ronning, it won a First Place in the Primary division at the Pennsylvania ....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 8421789
Engine Num: 8421789

Cadillac produced 6,755 Convertible cars in 1947 and helped the company's total sales of 61,926 surpass Packard, making them the best-selling American luxury car of that year.....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

This Cadillac Convertible Coupe was built in Detroit. It was delivered new to California on July 3rd of 1947. The original invoice was $2,326.39. The original mileage is 76,000.....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 8432566
Engine Num: 8402282

This Convertible was delivered new through the Capital Cadillac Company of Washington D.C. It came equipped with the optional Hydra-Matic transmission, AM radio with aerial, automatic under-dash heater, and fog lights. Currently, it is powered by a 1....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Club Coupe
Chassis #: 8459515 
Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 8449667 
Sedan
 
Sedanette Fastback
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: A8454487 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 8421789 
Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 8432566 

History

The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 was a very large vehicle that featured a large, 6,390 cc (390 cubic inch) V-8 engine. The back had large fins that did little for performance and handling but was all about the style of the vehicle. The design of the vehicle was inspired by the space program and the era of jet engines. The large, 4400 lb car was fitted with drum brakes. These often wore out quickly. If a U-turn needed to be made, the driver would need a parking lot. The turning radius was 24 feet.

The name 'DeVille' would first be used in 1949 on the Coupe De Ville, and later on the 1956 Sedan deVille. The 1942, 1946 and 1947 versions were similar; they were completely different from the 1941 bodystyles.

The car was a luxury vehicle that could carry six individuals comfortably. The car was a convertible with the top being raised and lowered automatically. The interior had electrical gauges. The head lights would turn on at dusk and were also capable of switching from high beam to low beam when they sensed oncoming traffic. In total, there were eight lights on the front of the vehicle. The four on the top were the driving lights while the lights mounted on the bumper were the parking lamps. To add to the driving comfort, air suspension was used. This aided in providing a very soft ride but there was significant body roll when cornering. With the V8, it was capable of creeping to sixty in 11 seconds. This reinforced the notion that this Cadillac was built for comfort and not for speed. The drivers enjoyed the ride and they looked good cruising along, enjoying the large open road.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2008

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