Cadillac Series 62
For Cadillac, the Series 62 was a highly successful model during the immediate post-war period. Its styling was ultra-modern for its time and was largely unchanged from the prewar 1942 models, with very clean lines and a strong Cadillac identity. Its interior was luxurious, offering the latest passenger amenities, as well as luxurious broadcloth or leather upholstery. Its pricing was considered quite reasonable, and as a result, the Series 62 was Cadillac’s best-selling model.
For 1946, the grille and front parking lamps were somewhat altered, small dashboard details were modified, and wrap-around bumpers were added. Mechanically, the cars featured Cadillac’s “battle proven” 346 cubic inch V8 engine with dual downdraft carburetion, and the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was optional. The Series 62 was renowned for being strong, quiet, and reliable, and these engines accounted in large part for Cadillac’s exemplary reputation.
While Cadillac resumed automobile production soon after V-E Day, it nonetheless took several months to shift production from the war effort. As a result, Cadillac production amounted to 28,144 units in 1946, with the Series 62 as the division’s single biggest seller. Cadillac fever had hit America, and by 1947, some 96,000 orders remained unfilled, an astounding statement of the popularity of these fine automobiles. The public's perception of Cadillac was one of quality, luxury, elegance, and the Series 62 was a crucial part of Cadillac’s growing success.
150bhp, 346 cu. in. V8 engine, single two-barrel carburetor, Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129"
Source: RM Auctions, 2011