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Cadillac 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 combined.

Cadillac Despite an all-new '56 Lincoln and revitalized '57 Imperial, Cadillac remained America's 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.

1956 Cadillac Fin


1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille

Model NumberBody StyleDoorsModelSeatingFactory PriceShipping WeightProduction Total
55-626219(X)4-doorSedan 64241443026,222
55-626219(X)-Export Sedan642414430444
55-626239DX-Sedan DeVille64698455041,732
55-626237(X)2-doorHardtop Coupe64146442026,649
55-626237DX-Coupe DeVille64569444525,086
55-626267X-Convertible Coupe6471146458300
55-6262-Chassis only- --19
55-626237DX-Coupe Seville6650146653900
55-626267SX-Convertible Biarritz6650148802150

NOTE: The symbol X in brackets after Body Style Number indicates hydraulic window lifts optional; without brackets indicates this feature standard.

1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille


FeatureStandard EngineOptional Engine
TypeV-8: Overhead valves
BlockCast iron block
Displacement365 cubic inches
Bore and stroke4.00 x 3.63 inches
Compression ratio9.75:1
Horsepower rating285 @ 4600 rpm305 @ 4700 rpm
Main bearingsFive
Valve liftersHydraulic
CarburetorCarter WCFB four-barrel, Model 2370STwo (2) Carter WCFB four-barrel, Model 2371S


FeatureSeries 62 SedanOther Series 62
Overall Length214.9"221.9
Front Tread60"60"
Rear Tread63.1"63.1"
Tires8.00 x 158.00 x 15
ExhaustDual exhaust



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