1947 Cadillac Series 62

U.S. Automobile manufacturers halted their assembly lines by February of 1942 and would not resume automobile production until peacetime resumed. The assembly lines did not remain idle for very long, as all factories were converted to manufacture war material, with most making aircraft parts or guns. Cadillac factories produced engines for tanks with the first M5 tank being delivered to the Army in April 1942 and was powered by two Cadillac V-8s with Hydra-Matic transmission, with one driving each tank. During the war, Cadillac built six types of tanks and gun carriers, and roughly 12,000 fighting vehicles were assembled by the time hostilities came to a close in 1945.

After the war, Cadillac resumed the production of passenger cars advertised as 'battle powered' with 'victory' engines. Having produced engines during the war, Cadillac had an advantage when automobile manufacture was allowed to resume. The first 1946 Cadillac model, completed on October 17th of 1945, was one of the earliest offered by GM since the end of the war. The 1946 Cadillac engines were the same 346 cubic-inch displacement as the pre-war powerplants and rated at the same 150 horsepower. Many internal parts, including the Hydra-Matic transmission, had been re-engineered for great reliability and strength as a result of the wartime experience.

The 1946 models were carry-over models from the pre-war 1942s. The 1947s were introduced that January and were only mildly freshened versions of the 1946s, costing about $200 more than the previous year's models. Additional brightwork, trim changes, and updates to the grille made the 1947 models distinguishable from the previous year. In the front, the 'egg-crate' grille had one fewer horizontal bars, and the parking lights became small, round units unless optional fog lamps were ordered. The 1946 rear fender shields were rubber, while the 1947 models were made of stainless steel. Another noticeable feature included the large, optional 'sombrero' wheel covers. These quickly became popular with hot rodders and Cadillac owners, and they remained on the parts list into the 1950s.

In 1947, Hydra-Lectric window lifts became standard equipment on the Series 75 Fleetwoods and Series 62 Convertible, which was the only soft-top. Cadillac produced 6,755 convertibles in 1947 helping the company's total sales of 61,926 surpass Packard, making them the best-selling American luxury car that year by nearly 11,000 units.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2020

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1947 Vehicle Profiles

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

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]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

The Series 62 was produced by Cadillac from 1940 through 1964. Originally designed to replace the entry-level Series 65, it would be known as the Cadillac Series 6200 in 1959 and remained that until it was renamed the Calais for the 1965 model year. ....[continue reading]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

All domestic auto factories ceased production of passenger cars by February 1942 and were converted to manufacture war material. Cadillac produced tank engines and delivered the first tank to the Army in April 1942. Cadillac division built six types ....[continue reading]

1947 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

Engine Num: 8456799

The 1947 Cadillac models were largely carry-over designs from pre-war 1942 models except for minor detail and trim changes. Demand in the industry was high and manufacturers struggled to keep pace with the ferocious appetite of the car buying communi....[continue reading]

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


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$2,900-$13,005
1947 Cadillac Series 62 Price Range: $2,445 - $2,900

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)90,259
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)110,340
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)103,857
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)92,554
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)52,706
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)61,926
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)29,214
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)16,511

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