1946 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

1946 Vehicle Profiles

1946 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Club Coupe

As soon as World War II ended, the Detroit 'Arsenal of Democracy' shifted back to producing new automobiles for a car-hungry America. Cadillac, like other manufacturers, re-introduced slightly revised versions of their short-run 1942 models. The ra....[continue reading]

1946 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 8416093

The Cadillac Series 62, even though it remained largely unchanged from the prewar 1942 models, was an ultra-modern vehicle and very successful in the immediate post-war era. The interior was luxurious and the pricing was considered quite reasonable, ....[continue reading]

1946 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 8409520
Engine Num: 8409520

The Cadillac Automobile Company of Detroit was founded by Henry Leland and Robert Faulconer. Their first car was completed in October of 1902 and it was not long before the company's superior precision manufacturing technology gave them a reputation ....[continue reading]

Club Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 8416093 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 8409520 


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Price Comparison

1946 Series 62
$2,560-$16,000
1946 Cadillac Series 62 Price Range: $2,285 - $2,560

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
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
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)66,169

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