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1946


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Unless otherwise specified all photos and illustrations are from Yann Saunders'
collection of Cadillac photos, advertisements and product catalogs,
reproduced courtesy of the Cadillac Motor Car Division and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club

 

 

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No passenger cars had rolled off the assembly line since February, 1942.  Instead, more than 50,000 reliable Cadillac V8 engines and Hydra-Matic transmissions had been built and had served with distinction in every theater of war. They emerged toughened and hardened to new standards of efficiency and dependability.   According to Cadillac, "their development [during those war years] was far greater than would have been possible during four peacetime years".

 

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Left: The first post-WW2 models proceed down the assembly line
Right: leggy model poses in showroom with long-awaited new,  post-war Cadillac

 

 

 

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The robust V8 engine and Hydra-Matic transmission had been tried and tested over the preceding
four years in all theaters of the world war; clutch-less gear shifting was becoming increasingly popular

 

 

When peace returned, there was a high demand for new cars from all over the country.  There were long waiting lists, including for the new Cadillac models. The first new, 1946 Cadillac (a Series 62 sedan) came off the assembly line on October 17, 1945, less than two months after the last wartime tank. In appearance it was not much  different to the Cadillac of 1942 that it replaced. The front grille got six heavier bars; new bumpers wrapped around the front and rear of the car; hood and trunk both got for the first time Cadillac's famed "V" and crest; on all models the name "CADILLAC" was spelled out in stubby, block letters on the front fenders.

 

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New Cadillac
"V" and crest

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Introductory advertisement

 

The new, 1946 models were classified in the catalog into the following groups (in ascending order of value):  the series "Sixty-One", "Sixty-Two", "Sixty Special" and "Seventy-Five".  That is the order I have chosen to follow in this presentation.

The artist's drawings, below, are from the prestige color catalog of new Cadillac models for 1946, published in December 1945.  The latter is very similar in design, format and presentation to the deluxe Cadillac catalog for 1942.  In addition to this catalog, there were also two, large, full-color fold-outs; one for the Series 62 cars and another for the "Four Distinguished New Series", being the traditional 61, 62, 60 Special and 75 Series; the latter two folders are undated.  According to the larger of the two, never had Cadillac "...built finer cars than those which today bring a new postwar ease and comfort to motoring".

The easiest way to distinguish the 1946 Cadillac models from the rest  is to look for the name "CADILLAC", in block letters, on the front fenders.  In subsequent years, a script version was used.

 

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Easy ID:  "CADILLAC" in block letters above front fender spear

 

Additional information on the 1946 models and the related sales literature may be found  in The (New) Cadillac Database© sections entitled "Descriptions and Specifications of Cadillac Cars 1946 - 1950",   "Cadillac and La Salle Sales Literature 1946 - 1949" and "Dream cars of 1946 - 1947"Further recommended reading includes:

The "Standard Catalog of Cadillac, 1903-2000" edited by James T. Lenzke, © 2000, published by Krause Publications, Inc., 700 E. State Street, Iola, WI 54990 [ISBN #0-87341-925-1, Library of Congress #91-61301].

 

The Series 61

 

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Series Sixty-One coupe, style #6107;
a scant 800 units were built

 

 

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Rear passenger compartment,
plain and functional

 

 

 

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The Series Sixty-One sedan, style #6109;
2,200 units were built

 

 

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Front door trim

 

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Rear seating area

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The driving position

 

The Series 62

 

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The Series Sixty-Two coupe, style #6207
2,323 of them were built

 

 

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Folding front seat back facilitates access...

 

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...to the broad, rear seat

 

 

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Rear  seat of the 62 sedan

 

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The Series Sixty-Two sedan, style #6269
14.900 were built, making it the most prolific of the '46 models
 

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(Left) factory publicity shot; (Center) a survivor on the Internet, 2000; (Right) Factory shot, atop the GM building in Detroit

 

 

 

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I modified the original catalog illustration (left) to show the car with its top down

 

 

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The Series Sixty-Two Convertible Coupe, style #6267-D;
1,342 units were built

 

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Seating in the convertible;
sumptuous red leather throughout
 

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A fine museum survivor [for sale on the Internet, 2000]

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Factory  photo of the new, 1946 convertible model

 

 

The Fleetwood Series Sixty Special

 

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The Sixty Special sedan, style #6069;
5,700 were built

 

 

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Rear seat of the Sixty Special sedan;
Cadillac luxury at its best

 

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Folding foot rest provides
an added measure of comfort
 

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Factory publicity shot

 

 

The Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five

 

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Series Seventy-Five, sedan for 5 passengers, style #7519;
only 150 units  were built; the body is almost identical to my 1942 model

 

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Rear passenger compartment
is oh-so-plush, and roomy

 

 

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The spacious sedan and limousine styles #7523 and #7533 (left) look identical from the outside; both have
double throw-back auxiliary seats (right) that fold neatly into the partition (below) when not in use; unlike the sedan,
the limousine has a partition and division glass (below);  production numbers for this series totaled  635 units of which
[in ascending order of rarity] were 225  sedans for 7 passengers (style #7523),  221 limousines for 7 passengers (style #7533),
150 sedans for 5 passengers (style #7519), 22 business sedans for 9 passengers (style #7523-L) and 17 business limousines
for 9 passengers (style #7533-L); an additional  1,292 chassis/engine combinations were delivered to independent
coach builders and were put to commercial use (e.g. hearses, ambulances, flower cars, airport limousines, etc.)

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Running boards (right) were retained on the Series Seventy-Five cars through the 1949 model year

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A fine survivor

     

     
... and some equally fine survivors found on Internet in 2014

 

 

 

Details

 

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Front clip

 

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Goddess hood ornament
activates latch
mechanism

 

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New, wrap-around bumpers

 

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Spacious trunk on all models

 

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The design of the instrument panel
remained basically unchanged from 1942

 

                         

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