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Despite tough times, Cadillac fielded an extensively revamped lineup of
V-8s, V-12s, and V-16s
for 1933. Most notably, the boxy look of the
Twenties began to give way to the streamlined look of the Thirties.
Featured were fully skirted, flowing fenders and a graceful "windsplit"
veed grille, which boasted a painted shell that blended in smoothly with the
- In the mid twenties, Cadillac broke with functional body design and began a period of "stylish functional."
- The 1933 "C" cars ushered in the period of styling/streamlining for its own sake.
- A face lift, simple in execution but startling in effect, transformed the "B" cars and started the concept of selling cars on the basis of styling features and selling replacement cars on the basis of changes in style.
- Bumpers were sectioned, with plain ends and a three-bar center.
- The grill was made Vee-shaped and blended into the painted (chrome optional) radiator shell.
- The radiator filler cap disappeared under the hood on the right side (same side as the oil level gauge).
- The fender tie-bar, after a year's absence, was sectioned and the center section hidden behind the grill.
- Six horizontal doors replaced the vertical hood doors.
- Skirts (valences) were added to front and rear fenders.
- The most significant change in body detail was the introduction of no-draft Individually Controlled Ventilation (I.C.V.) or pivoting vent windows in the front doors and rear quarter or rear door windows.
- In early production, the front door window had to be lowered to disengage the channel at its front edge from the vent window to allow the vent window to pivot.
- In later production, the sealing channel was attached to the door frame rather than the window glass so that the vent window could be operated independently of the window glass.
- Windshield and rear quarter windows were made stationary.
- Absence of windshield operating mechanism on closed cars allowed room to conceal wiper motor behind the headboard.
- The cowl ventilator was baffled and drained in such a way as to be rainproof.
- Chassis changes were few and of minor nature.
- Controlled free wheeling was discontinued.
- Vacuum assist was added to the V-8 brake system.
- Changes in shock absorber valves extended the range of the ride control system.
- At engine unit number 30-3607; the dual point, four lobe distributer was replaced by a single point, eight lobe unit.
- Serial numbers were not used.
- Engine numbers were stamped on crankcase near the water inlet on the right hand side.
- Starting: 3000001.
- Ending: 3002100.
|Fisher 134" wheelbase|
|33-8-168||2-door||Convertible Coupe||2/4||$2845||4825 lb|
|Fisher 140" wheelbase|
|33-8-263||4-door||Imperial Sedan||7||$3195||5140 lb|
|33-8-273||4-door||All Weather Phaeton||5||$3395||5110 lb|
|Fleetwood 140" wheelbase|
|NA||2-door||Coupe||5|| || |
|5312||4-door||Transformable Town Cabriolet||5/7||$3995||-|
|5391||4-door||Transformable Limousine Brougham||7||$4145|| |
|5325||4-door||Transformable Town Cabriolet||7||$4145||-|
|5381||2-door||Town Coupe||5||$-|| |
|5312-C||4-door||Collapsible Transformable Town Cabriolet||5/7||$-|| |
|5325-C||4-door||Collapsible Transformable Town Cabriolet||7||$-|| |
|5375-C||4-door||Collapsible Limousine||7||$-|| |
|5375-H4|| ||Limousine with 4" extra headroom||7||$-||-|
|5330-FL||4-door||Imperial Cabriolet||5||$-|| |
|5375-FL||4-door||Imperial Cabriolet||7||$-|| |
|5364||4-door||Transformable Town Brougham||5||$-||-|
|5320||4-door||Transformable Town Cabriolet||7|| || |
- Ninety degree L-Head.
- Eight cylinders.
- Cast iron on aluminum crankcase.
- Bore & Stroke: 3-5/8 x 4-15/16 in.
- Displacement: 353 cu. in.
- Compression ratio: 5.40:1 (std); 5.70:1 (opt)
- Brake horsepower: 115 @ 3000 rpm
- SAE/Taxable horsepower: 36.45.
- Main bearings: Three.
- Valve lifters: Mechanical.
- Carburetor: Cadillac-Johnson.
- Wheelbase: 134, 140 in. (Commercial chassis: 156 in.)
- Overall Length: approx. 207-213 in.
- Front Tread: 59-7/8 in.
- Rear Tread: 61 in.
- Tires: 7.00 x 17.
- Selective, synchro transmission.
- Speeds: 3 Forward l Reverse.
- Controls: Left hand drive, Center control (Right hand drive optional).
- Twin disc clutch.
- Shaft drive
- torque tube
- 3/4 floating rear axle
- spiral bevel drive.
- Overall ratio: 4.36:1, 4.60:1.
- Mechanical brakes on four wheels with vacuum assist.
- 15" drums.
- Wire wheels (std.) Demountable wood (opt.)
- Wheel size: 17 in. Drop center.
|Sidemount cover(s)|| |
|Chrome wheel discs||10.00 each|
|Body color wheel discs||12.50 each|
|Heater Hot air or hot water|| |
|Draft deflector for Convertible Coupe||$35/pair
|Trunks with luggage||104.00-180.00|
|Dual Pilot Ray Lights||44.50|
|Heron radiator ornament||20.00|
|Six wire wheels with fender wells.|| |
|Five demountable wood wheels.|| |
|Six demountable wood wheels with fender wells.|
- Introduced January, 1933.
- Innovations: Fisher no-draft individually controlled ventilation (I.C.V.) (Vent windows).
- Model year sales: 2100.
- Model year production: 2100.
- The president and general manager was Lawrence P. Fisher.
May 12/00; March 8/03
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