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.
I. D. NUMBERS
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.
ELDORADO (SUB SERIES)
NOTE: The symbol X in brackets after Body Style Number indicates hydraulic window lifts optional; without
brackets indicates this feature standard.
SERIES 62 ENGINE
V-8: Overhead valves
Cast iron block
365 cubic inches
Bore and stroke
4.00 x 3.63 inches
285 @ 4600 rpm
305 @ 4700 rpm
Carter WCFB four-barrel, Model 2370S
Two (2) Carter WCFB
four-barrel, Model 2371S
Series 62 Sedan
Other Series 62
8.00 x 15
8.00 x 15
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