1948 Cadillac Series 75 FleetwoodT
he Cadillac Series 70, including the Model 70 and 75, were in production from 1936 through the 1980s. Powered by a V8 engine, they were often the top-of-the-line Cadillac in the postwar era, and was Cadillac's factory-built limousine option. The Third Generation of the series was built from 1941 through 1949. They rested on a shortened 136-inch wheelbase platform and powered by a 346 cubic-inch L-head V8 engine offering 150 horsepower.
After World War II, the Series 75 returned as Cadillac's largest model wearing much of its pre-war styling and resting on the 136-inch platform. Its body was unique, not shared with other General Motors divisions. Five different touring sedan configurations were offered, including an Imperial seven-passenger and Imperial nine-passenger style, both with jump seats. Standard equipment included fender skirts, large wheel discs, and stainless steel running boards.
The 1947 Series 75 received minor changes and continued to use the touring sedan body with its pre-war styling. The configurations and standard equipment were similar to that of the 1946 model.
Cadillac management considered dropping the long wheelbase Series 75 for 1948, but competition from Packard prompted its continued use. Minor changes included a new background for the V-shaped hood emblem and Cadillac script, replacing block lettering, low on the fenders behind the front wheel opening. The stainless steel running boards continued to be standard equipment, and buyers who selected fog lamps received rectangular lamps in place of the smaller round style. Among the most substantial updates was the burled leather trim, and a new dashboard with rainbow style instrument cluster.
The long wheelbase Series 75 continued into 1949 without any major changes. The big new was the new overhead valve V8 engine that displaced 331 cubic-inches and offered 160 horsepower.
In 1950, Cadillac introduced an all-new Series 75 resting on a new 146.8 inch wheelbase.by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2020
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