1954 Cadillac Series 62 PF Concept news, pictures, specifications, and information
In 1953, a new Cadillac Series 62 was shipped to Italy where Pinin Farina built this one-off for Norman Granz, a Beverly Hills concert promoter and record producer. It was patterned after the PF 200 Granz had seen at the Geneva Exhibit in 1952. The price was the cost of materials and a complete collection of the Norman Granz record productions.
This 2-door, 2 seat roadster was originally painted silver. When the Turin coachbuilder completed the car, there were very few Cadillac elements left on the vehicle. The iconic Cadillac bumpers and a Cadillac 'V' positioned inside its radiator grille reminded onlookers of its Cadillac roots.
The car was on the Pinin Farina stand at the 1954 Paris Auto Show.
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 | Aug 2010
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