1962 Cadillac Series 62

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

1962 Vehicle Profiles

1962 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 62F095483

General Motors' premier Cadillac Motor Division celebrated their 60th Anniversary year in 1962. That year, Cadillac produced 160,840 automobiles, and all were equipped with a dual-circuit braking system and 59-percent of them were sold with air condi....[continue reading]

1962 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible

This particular Cadillac Series 62 convertible was built in April 13th of 1962 at Cadillac's Clark Street assembly plant in Detroit. The car was delivered to Galles Motor Co., in Albuquerque and it was a New Mexico car until its 2003 restoration. Thi....[continue reading]

Convertible
Chassis #: 62F095483 
Convertible
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$390-$5,020
1962 Series 62
$5,590-$16,700
1962 Cadillac Series 62 Price Range: $5,020 - $5,590

$5,390 - $6,605

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)200,000
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)196,685
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)182,435
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)165,909
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)163,174
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)160,840
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)138,379
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)142,184
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)121,778
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)121,778
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)146,841

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