1948 CADILLAC, SERIES 62, FOUR-DOOR TOURING SEDAN
This elegant blue Cadillac Touring Sedan is a welcomed addition to our collection.
Produced in 1948, a Series 62, it has four doors, Fisher body, V8 L-head engine, 346 c.i.d., hydra-matic transmission, 20 gallon fuel tank, white sidewalls, Cadillac hood emblem, rocker panels with wood trim, and 126” wheelbase. Weight is 4235 pounds and original cost was $2,360.
This car is the last of the flathead V-8s and the tail fins are representative of the fighter plane P-38, much larger fins are yet to come.
Cadillac history shows that 23,997 of these touring sedans were made in 1948. And, this was the year extra chrome and tail fins were added to the model.
Purchasers could choose from 15 colors plus two-tone combinations. We aren’t sure which blue paint our Sedan has – Belden Blue, Amherst Blue or Horizon Blue.
The Series 62 was the first Cadillac model to reenter production, launched less than two months after tank production stopped in the company’s factories.
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IN THE BEGINNING….When a new automobile company was being formed, the investors hoped that theirs would be the first successful one in Detroit - so what more appropriate title than the name the great French adventurer had brought to that very spot some two hundred years before? It was named Cadillac and shortly afterward, the Cadillac family crest was adopted. The design was prepared using the celebrated many-quartered shield surmounted by a seven-piked coronet, garlanded with a laurel wreath, and registered as a trademark.
Cadillac became the first American automobile manufacturer to win the coveted Dewar Trophy for the standardization of automobile parts. The Dewar trophy was instituted in 1904 to encourage technical progress. It was sponsored by a wealthy member of the British Parliament, Sir Thomas Dewar, and was awarded annually to the company making the most important advancement in the automotive field.
From the beginning, the concept of parts interchangeability was stressed. A factory manual read “No special fitting of any kind is permitted” and “Craftsmanship a Creed, Accuracy a Law”.