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The 1956 year saw introduction of Cadillac's first four-door hardtop Sedan
de Ville, which
immediately scored almost as many sales as the Coupe de Ville and
standard 62 hardtop
Despite an all-new '56 Lincoln and revitalized '57 Imperial, Cadillac
luxury sales leader by far. Combined Lincoln/Imperial volume never
exceeded 40,000 cars a
year in this era; at Cadillac, that was good quarterly output.
For 1956, the milestone V-8 was stroked to an even 4 inches to deliver 285
bhp standard and 305 for Eldorado.
Although a facelift was the major restyling news for 1956, there were still many changes in the Series 62 lineup
and especially in the Eldorado sub-series. The annual "beauty treatment" consisted of a new grille with finer
textured insert and the repositioning of the parking lights in the bumper, below the wing guards. Buyers were
given a choice of a standard satin finish grille or optional gold finish, both
selections decorated with Cadillac script on the lefthand side. On the rear side fenders
of Series 62 models a narrow chrome molding and nine vertical louvers were seen. The Coupe DeVille had a
model nameplate and Cadillac crest on the sides of front fenders, while the more standard cars had only the
crest. An Eldorado script appeared, with a fender crest, on the luxury convertible, which also featured a twin-fin
hood ornament. Other extras on this car -- now known as the Biarritz -- were a ribbed chrome saddle moldling
extending from the windshield to the rear window pillar along the beltline and flat, pointed rear fender fins.
Totally new models included a pillarless four-door called the Sedan DeVille and an Eldorado Coupe Seville. The
latter represented an especially luxurious hardtop coupe, which was built to Eldorado standards and similarly
priced. As usual, the standard four-door 62 sedan was seven inches shorter than the other cars in the same series.
Both cars in the Eldorado sub-series were slightly longer this year.
- Serial numbers and engine numbers were the same again and were found in the same locations.
- The first two symbols were "56" to designate 1956 model production.
- The next two symbols indicated the series as follows:
- "62" = Series 62
- "60" = Fleetwood Sixty
- "75" = Fleetwood 75
- The remaining digits represented the consecutive unit number and began at 00000 for each series.
- All series had the same ending number, which would be misinterpreted if listed.
|Model Number||Body Style||Doors||Model||Seating||Factory
Price||Shipping Weight||Production Total|
|ELDORADO (SUB SERIES)|
NOTE: The symbol X in brackets after Body Style Number indicates hydraulic window lifts optional; without
brackets indicates this feature standard.
|Feature||Standard Engine||Optional Engine|
|Type||V-8: Overhead valves|
|Block||Cast iron block|
|Displacement||365 cubic inches|
|Bore and stroke||4.00 x 3.63 inches|
|Horsepower rating||285 @ 4600 rpm||305 @ 4700 rpm|
|Carburetor||Carter WCFB four-barrel, Model 2370S||Two (2) Carter WCFB
four-barrel, Model 2371S|
|Feature||Series 62 Sedan||Other Series 62|
|Tires||8.00 x 15||8.00 x 15|
- Air conditioning.
- White sidewall tires.
- E-Z-Eye safety glass.
- Autronic eye automatic headlamp dimmer.
- Signal-seeking radio with preselector and antenna.
- Heating and ventilation system.
- Power window lifts (specific models).
- Gold finish grille.
- Two-way posture power seat ($81).
- Six-way power seat ($97).
- Other standard GM accessories available.
- (Note: Posture power adjustable seat on convertible, DeVilles and Series 60S only. Six-way seat on 62
Coupe and sedan and standard for Eldorado).
- The Cadillac Series 62 Sedan DeVille four-door hardtop and Eldorado Seville two-door hardtop were
introduced to the public almost a month earlier than other models on October 24, 1955.
- The remaining cars in the line were introduced the following month on November 18.
- The 1956 Hydra-Matic transmission incorporated changes that increased its size and smoothed out shifting
- It was developed by GM at a cost of $35 million.
- The 1956 line set records in sales and production moving Cadillac from 10th to 9th position in the American
- On Aug. 5, 1956 the division announced the purchase of the former Hudson Motor Car plant on Detroit's
May 12/00; March 8/03
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