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1953 CADILLAC Cadillac Index

1953 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

Styling and horsepower sold cars in the Fifties, and nobody knew that better than Cadillac. Stylewise, its famous tailfins debuted on the 1948 models, a design hallmark that was destined to last nearly two generations. A year later the trend-setting Series 62 Coupe de Ville hardtop bowed. Although styling changed from year to year, Cadillac carefully maintained a continuity of design so that even though the car always looked "new," there could never be any mistake that it was indeed "The Standard of the World."

1953 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan In 1949, Cadillac and Olds were the first to market new lightweight, high-compression, overhead-valve V-8s, which marked the beginning of the horsepower race. Caddy's version churned out 160 horses, 18.5 percent more than Olds, even though its 331-cid engine was only 10 percent bigger. It thus became one of the fastest cars of its time.

1953 Cadillac fin Cadillac also enhanced its image with some of the classiest advertising of the day. In the early '50s it ran a series of ads with the car displayed above a necklace of diamonds, emeralds, or rubies, with simple, direct, and devastating mini-stories underneath. For example, one of them told of the paperboy who had admired Cadillacs 31 years earlier, and now was an industrialist about to purchase his first one: "No compromise this time!" the ad declared.

1953 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Three GM divisions had 50th anniversaries in 1953, and celebrated by issuing expensive, flashy limited editions, all big convertibles with Motorama-inspired styling features. Buick offered the Skylark and Oldsmobile the 98 Fiesta. Cadillac's birthday model appeared in the Series 62 as the Eldorado. Only 532 were built that year, largely because of a towering $7750 price. Among its attractions: custom interior, special cut-down "Panoramic" wraparound windshield, sporty "notched" beltline, and a metal lid instead of a canvas boot to cover the lowered top. A striking piece, it was a preview of Cadillacs to come-and, of course, the start of a now long-famous line. Incidentally, some '53 Cadillacs were built with Buick Dynaflow after a fire in the Hydra-Matic plant at Willow Run reduced available transmission supplies, though this situation lasted only a few months.

1953 Cadillac Fin

SERIES 62
Changes seen in 1953 included a redesigned grille with heavier integral bumper and bumper guards, the repositioning of parking lamps directly under the Headlights, chrome "eyebrow" type headlamp doors and one-piece rear windows without division bars. Wheel discs were fashioned in an attractive new dished design. Series 62 models were identified by non-louvered rear fenders, the use of thin bright metal underscores on the bottom rear of the cars only and the decoration of both hood and deck lid with Cadillac crests and V-shaped ornaments. As was the practice since 1951, Series 62 sedan bodies measured five inches less than the other styles.

1953 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible A Coupe DeVille roof pillar script was seen again on this luxury hardtop. Standard equipment included all items featured the year before. Late in the production year the limited-edition Eldorado luxury convertible was added to this model range. A full assortment of DeLuxe accessories, including wire wheels, were standard on this specialty car which introduced the wraparound windshield for production models. On August 12, a fire at the Hydra-Matic transmission factory in Livonia, Mich. broke out and would bring a damaging halt to production within a week. It was September 8 before Cadillacs began leaving the factory again.



1953 Cadillac Series 62 hood emblem

I. D. NUMBERS



1953 Cadillac Series 62 Fisher emblem

Model NumberBody StyleDoorsModelSeatingFactory PriceShipping WeightProduction Total
53-626219(X)4-door Sedan53666420147,316
53-626219(X)4-door Sedan536664201324
53-626237(X)2-door Coupe53571418914,353
53-626237DX2-doorCoupe DeVille53995425214,550
53-626267X2-doorConvertible Coupe5414444768,367
53-6262-Chassis only---4
ELDORADO SPECIAL
53-626267SX2-doorSport Convertible Coupe577504799532


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1953 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible V-emblem

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1953 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible interior

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POWERTRAIN OPTIONS



1953 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible rear end

CONVENIENCE OPTIONS



1953 Cadillac

HISTORICAL
28000 Cadillacs were built with Buick Dynaflow transmission after GM's Hydramatic plant burned to the ground.



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