1947 Cadillac Series 75

1947 Cadillac Series 75
Imperial Sedan
'Standard of the World' -- The slogan of the Cadillac division of General Motors exemplifies the high quality of Cadillac automobiles. The 1947 Cadillac 75 series Limousine, with Fleetwood coachwork, was the ultimate luxury automobile. Only 300 Limousines were produced that year.

This 1947 Limousine has a V-8, 346 cubic-inch, 150-horsepower engine capable of 100+ mph which is amazing since the automobile weighs 4,800 pounds. During World War II these engines were used in the M-5 and M-24 tank. This particular automobile has been driven cross-country more than once. New paint is the only restoration.

1947 Cadillac Series 75 1947 Cadillac Series 75 1947 Cadillac Series 75
Sedan
Chassis #: 3424318
Sold for $45,100 at 2011 RM Auctions - Hershey.
Beginning in the 1930s, the Cadillac Series 70 was comprised of the Model 70 and 75 and represented the company's line of full-sized V-8 powered automobiles. The shorter wheelbase Series 70 was replaced by the Series 60 in 1938, and the Series 75 was incorporated into the Fleetwood line of cars. The history of the Fleetwood Body Company dates back to 1909 when it was formed in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. It began as an independent coachbuilder that quickly earned a reputation for prestige and quality work. They provided bodies for such legendary marques as Duesenberg, Isotta Fraschini, Packard, and Rolls-Royce. In 1925, the company was purchased by the Fisher Body company and moved to Detroit in 1931.

This 1947 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine is finished in black with an original tan cloth interior. The front seats are black leather. The odometer shows approximately 50,000 miles. Power is from a 346 cubic-inch L-head V8 rated at 150 horsepower. There is a four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. The wheelbase measures 136-inches.

In 2011, this car was offered for sale at the Hershey auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000 and was offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $45,100 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
1947 Cadillac Series 75 1947 Cadillac Series 75 1947 Cadillac Series 75
Imperial Business Sedan
This Motor Coach Bus chassis was custom manufactured by Cadillac. The finished chassis was then delivered to the Superior Coachworks Company. Superior fitted the chassis with the custom 12 passenger body. The finished coach bus, powered by a V-8 engine, was purchased by the Broadmoor Hotel.

The Broadmoor used this Cadillac bus to give guests luxurious tour rides up Pikes Peak for several years.

Source - Canton Classic Car Museum
Both the Cadillac Series 70 and Series 75 were Cadillac's full-size V8-powered vehicles for over twenty years.

The Series 70 replaced the 1935 335-D as Cadillac's mainstream vehicle. Introduced at the same time, the Series 60 was available as a much less expensive vehicle. The Series 80 was almost identical to the Series 70, but rather than using the new Monobloc V8 engine, it came with Cadillac's V12.

Eventually the short wheelbase Series 70 was replaced by the Series 62 in 1941. Meanwhile, the long wheelbase 75 series became part of the Fleetwood line.

With a 135 hp (101 kW) engine that was both more powerful and less expensive, the Series 70 should have been an instant hit with the public. Unfortunately even the with the stylish body by Fleetwood wasn't enough to compare with the exorbitant price of $2,500 and up during the depression era.

In 1936, only 5,248 were sold.

Available in three basic models that shared the same engine and 3-speed transmission, the series 70 was available in 36-70, 36-75 and 36-75 Commercial. In 1937 minor body style changes were made. The 36-70 came with a 131 inch wheelbase and reached an overall length of 206.25. The 36-75 reached 213.5 in length and had a 138 inch wheelbase. The 36-75 Commercial model came with 156 inches in wheelbase, and also reached 213.5 in overall length.

For the 1942 model year, the Series lineup remained the same as in 1941. Front fenders on all models except the Series 75 became extended into the front doors.

As the grille became more massive it included round parking lights and rectangular fog light sockets, and had fewer bars. Series 75 had the new grille in 1942, but retained the 1941 fender treatment. The 75's received a rounded nose on the hood louvers as a detail trim change.

Though they adopted the new 1942 front-end styling, the 75's retained the 1941's short, square fenders and triple chrome strips behind the wheels. These same square-rigged lines continued through 1949.


In 1941, Fleetwood had two designated series, the Fleetwood Sixty Special and the Fleetwood Seventy-Five sedans. The Sixty special was built on 126-inch chassis and was more of a luxurious vehicle for those who strived for appearances and distinction.

The Seventy-Five sedans were built on a 136-inch wheelbase, and had seating room for five, seven or nine passengers. The 75 Sedan came with an option of the electrically powered glass ‘Imperial Division'. It was also available on a 1630inch wheelbase commercial chassis.

The most expensive Seventy-Five Formal sedan which seated seven was available at $4,045.

Installed with Cadillac's 368 in³ V12 engine, the Series 80 was produced for 1936 and 1937 only and was simply a model 70 or 75 with an updated engine. The Series 80 had an output of 150 hp (112 kW).


After the war, the Series 75 returned as Cadillac's largest model. Keeping the same 346 in³ L-head V8 as other Cadillac's that year, it retained most of the pre-war styling and rode on the long 136 inch wheelbase.

In 1949, the new Cadillac OHV V8 was introduced with only minor trim differences and a 331 in³ engine that produced 160 hp (119 kW)

The following year an all-new Series 75 was introduced and would replace the final pre-war design at Cadillac. This new model offered 7-passenger seating via jump seats, achieved a new 146.75 in wheelbase and had an engine output of 190 hp (142 kW).

In 1954 the wheelbase had moved up to 149.8 and had reached an engine output of 230 hp (172 kW). The following year the engine output jumped to 250 hp.

The series 75 reached a production number of 1527.

The 5 passenger touring sedan was longer and heavier than the 60 series car, which gives the car a sleek elegant look. The Cadillac 75 series was an ideal tour or parade car.

The Cadillac Imperial Business Sedan was a nine passenger sedan introduced in 1947. Only 80 of these vehicles were produced that year.

By Jessica Donaldson

Related Reading : Cadillac Series 70 and 80 History

The Cadillac Series 75 was the marques flagship V8 from 1936 onwards, though the lower priced series easily outsold it. Production of the full-size V8 powered Cadillacs would continue from the 1930s through the 1950s. It served as a replacement for the outgoing 355-D and was introduced around the same time as the less-expensive Series 60 model. Outwardly, the Series 80, including the 85, were....
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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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