This vehicle is one of only two Cadillac series 62 built with coachwork by Ghia of Torino, Italy. This flamboyant coupe on an American premier luxury car chassis was the epitome of auto design in the early 1950s.
Ghia coachworks established itself as one of the finest automotive designers in Torino, the hub of Italy's automotive industry. Giacinto Ghia did his apprenticeship in the earlier carriage building trade only to later come out on top as one of the best in auto design and construction. His philosophy of producing cars in limited numbers and to a very high quality is definitely shown in this work of art.
The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 De Ville 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 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 | Sep 2011
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