The Cadillac Division introduced General Motors' first post-war all-new design in 1948 and the now famous aircraft-inspired tailfin look. The Cadillac tailfin continued to grow, reaching its zenith in 1959 and not disappearing until the 1970 model year.
For 1951, full-length chrome accents were added to the rocker panels, rear fender skirts, and lower rear quarters of the Series 62 models. The Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and power windows were standard equipment on the Series 62, while the rear continental spare tire was an option.
Powering the car was a V8 engine displacing 331 cubic-inches and offering 160 horsepower. For 1951, Cadillac produced 6,117 examples of the Series 62 Convertible.
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