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1962


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I was spared the time and trouble of preparing and posting digital images of the 1958 models and those of 1960 through 1975, thanks to the excellent work done in this field by a Cadillac admirer in the Netherlands (Holland).   Unfortunately, his pages seem to be "lost".

Sept., 2008:  I finally got around to reviewing my own archives on the 1962 Cadillac models. This page duplicates in part the former Dutch one, although it includes also a few factory photos and illustrations from Cadillac "mailer" catalogs, all  graciously provided to me through the years by the Cadillac Division's Public Relations Department. I have included also  photos of a few surviving cars; most of them come from Cadillac enthusiasts like myself, too numerous to mention individually.

The bulk of the artist's drawings below are from the company's superb product catalog for 1962 which is described in more detail in the section of the Database devoted to Cadillac sales and merchandising literature.

Never at a loss for words of praise, Cadillac's copy writers asserted about the 1962 models: Today, Cadillac stands   alone among fine cars in a realm of its own making. Its quality and desirability go unquestioned wherever motor cars travel. To more than a million owners, it is truly the "Car of Cars". Remember, Cadillac's "millionth" can was built on November 26, 1949.  By August 1961, production had topped the 2.5 million mark of which, if we are to believe the copy writers, almost half were still on the road.   That's reliability!

Additional information and photos of the 1962 models and the related sales literature may be found  in The (New) Cadillac Database© sections entitled "Descriptions and Specifications of Cadillac Cars 1956 - 1965",  "Cadillac and La Salle Sales Literature 1960-1964" as well as in the appropriate "Dream cars" section.  Further recommended reading includes:

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].  An updated version covering Cadillacs through 2005 was edited by John Gunnell that year.

Total model production for 1962 was 160,840; that is about 22,000 units more than the previous year's total.

The traditional Cadillac tail-fins once again diminished in size but the cars retained the lower fins or skegs introduced on the 1961 cars. New for 1962 were cornering lights on either front fender to "guide drivers around turns more safely."

Once again, the easiest way to distinguish a regular 1962 Cadillac is to look at the front clip and especially the lower front bumper that incorporates, this year, a rectangular park/fog lamp housing.

 

(Real) Easy ID

 

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(Left) Rectangular parking/fog light housing
(Center) New, vertical tail-light housing design
(Right) VIP taking delivery of a new Series 60 Special sedan at the factory on Clark Street

    
Regular and cropped views of the Cadillac stand at the 1962 Chicago Auto Show; the car in the foreground
(at left) is a mild custom job; it is also visible above the "BUICK" sign in the RH image, below

    
(Left) Chicago Auto Show, 1962; (right) Cropped image from 1962 merchandising catalog

    
Factory publicity shot; it shows the rear fins of the previous year's model at right

 

 

 

The Series 62
Series 62 cars have no external markings to distinguish them
All were pillarless hardtop styles

 

The Coupe

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Style 6237G, 16,833 units built; they cost $5,025 each [about $800 less than last year]; upholstery in 2" piping was available in   black, sandalwood, maize and laurel
Cotillion cloth,  or blue, turquoise or green Cromwell cloth, or  gray Copley cloth, all with a matching or harmonizing coated fabric (vinyl) for the bolsters and trim

 

The Sedan
6-window style

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Style 6229K, 16,730 units built; they cost $5,213 each; the "Series 62" sedans were available; like the coupe, the sedan and town sedan (below) both
were offered with the same upholstery patterns and choices; a rear armrest was standard

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Factory publicity shot

 

The Town Sedan
4-window style

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Style 6289, only 2,600 built; they cost $5,213 each; like the coupe, the sedan (above) and this town sedan both
were offered with the same upholstery patterns and choices; a rear armrest was standard


Size comparison between  the Town Sedan and the regular Sedan de Ville

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Series 62 sedan, "4-window" model


Cropped image from 1962 Chicago Show

 

The Convertible

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Style 6268F, 16,800 built; they cost $5,588 each; upholstery choices included eight natural grain leathers
in white, black, blue, maize, saddle (tan),  sandalwood, green and red; bucket seats were available at no extra cost

    
Cropped images from 1962 merchandising catalog

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These three, rare, factory promotional shots (?) were discovered, circa 1998-2000 in an old photo album recovered
[along with many more] by "Kevin", the night supervisor of a Detroit dumpster company; every Friday, two 54' dumpsters
from the Fleetwood plant would pull in to his yard, both loaded with "treasures" (by today's "collectible"  standards);
when he moved to Maine, circa 2001-02,  he took with him THREE tractor-trailer loads; now he is a regular vendor on Ebay!


A fine survivor on the Internet

 

 

Series 62, sub-series 63 "De Ville"

 

The Coupe de Ville

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Style 6347J, 25,675 units built; their cost was $5,385 each;upholstery selections in combinations of matching fabrics and leathers included three different cloths:
Camelot (a stylized coeur de lion motif) in maize, green, turquoise or laurel, Capella (showing a tiny star pattern)  in sandalwood, blue or black, and Chelsea
(a self-patterned, 3-dimensional design); bucket seats were available at extra cost, full trimmed in natural grain leather in white, black, sandalwood or red


Cropped image from 1962 merchandising catalog

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[Right] Coupe de Ville from that same brochure 


Cropped image from 1962 Chicago Show

    
Cool survivor (2012)

 

The Sedan de Ville
4-window style

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Style 6339B, 27,378 units built; their cost was $5,631 each; the same upholstery choices were offered as for the Coupe de Ville;
bucket seats and full leather upholstery were available as an extra-cost option, as in the coupe

 

The Sedan de Ville
6-window style

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Style 6329L, 16,230 units built; their cost was $5,631 each; the same upholstery choices were offered as for the
Coupe de Ville; bucket seats and full leather upholstery were also available as an extra-cost option, as in the coupe


Cropped image from 1962 Chicago Show

   

     
(Above two rows) cropped images from 1962 merchandising catalog

 

The "Park Avenue" Sedan de Ville
4-window style - overall length, 215"

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Style 6389D, 2,600 units built; their cost was $5,631 each; the same upholstery choices were offered as for the Coupe de Ville
and the two Sedan de ville models; bucket seats and full leather upholstery were also available as an extra-cost option

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Park Avenue sedan - a survivor


Cropped image from 1962 Chicago Show

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The script on this survivor photo
does not match the catalog illustration

 

The Eldorado Biarritz

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Style 6367E, 1,450 units built; their cost was $6,610 each; seating areas were available in a combination of cloth and leather (rare in a convertible),
fine-checked 1¼" piped, black & white Cannes cloth for seat backs and seat cushions, with black natural grain leather for bolsters and trim; all leather
upholstery in ¾" piping was available also in Concord blue, sandalwood, saddle, heather or red; bucket seats - as shown, right - were a no-cost option on the Biarritz

The Biarritz may easily be identified by the Cadillac crest plate  below and just ahead of the front door vent windows, matched with a
twin bead or so-called "J" molding (the center being the color of the upholstery), running from the crest back to the rear tail-light housing
and on down to the trailing edge of the skeg; the ELDORADO name appears in block letters in the center of the trunk lid lip

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This nice survivor was offered for sale at auction on eBay, in May 2006 by a reputable vendor
in Saddle River, NJ; the auction was ended early and there appeared to be a winning bidder
for $4.5 MILLION; if true [which I tend to doubt, taking into account all the bizarre deals
I have seen going on there], then this car deserves a place in the Guinness Book of Records

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Here is another survivor in  great condition

 

 

 

The Series Sixty Special Fleetwood
[ easily identified by the six vertical chevrons (hash marks)
on the roof quarter panel ]

 

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Style 6039, 13,350 units built; their cost was $6,366 each; interiors were distinguished this year by new, beautifully grained African cherry-wood panels
on all four the doors, as well as new, individual reading lamps on both rear quarter panels; two upholstery patterns were offered including a broad,
rectangular biscuit design and a smaller, square biscuit design, both in fawn, gray or burgundy broadcloth with matching, smooth leather bolsters and trim;
a new, embroidered wreath and crest decorated the upper part of the center arm rests, front and rear; other upholstery selections included
black, blue and laurel Carriage cloth,  or gray, fawn, turquoise and green Cameo cloth; all but the black Carriage cloth had matching
leather bolsters and trim; the black Carriage cloth was offset with contrasting white leather. 

         
Cropped images from 1962 merchandising catalog


Artist's view

 

 

 

The Series 67
[ Fleetwood 75 sedan and limousine ]

 

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Style 6723R sedan,  696 units built; their cost was $9,722 each, and
Style 6733S limousine, 904 units built; their cost was $9,937 each
Upholstery was of the finest gray or fawn wool broadcloths or Calais cord with harmonizing broadcloth bolsters in gray, dark gray or fawn;
the pattern was a rectangular biscuit design; the front compartment of the limousine was trimmed in 1¼" piped black,
gray or fawn natural grain leather to match the rear compartment color choice.   As in the "Series 60 Special",
a wreath and crest decorated the upper part of the rear seat armrest

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Feast your eyes on this beautiful Series 75 limousine
Photo: © 1962 GM/Cadillac


Cropped photo from 1962 professional car catalog


Cropped factory image

 

...and on these lovely survivors!


Photo:  Internet 2013

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Chauffeurs and Fleetwood "75" models
just seem to go together so well


What OTHER car would do the job so well?

 

 

Details

 

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(Left) Optional lap belts (...better than nothing, right?)
(Right) power window and seat controls on driver's armrest

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Cruise Control (position on dash and detail)

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Unlike the couples in these two publicity shots for the 1962 models,
such tasteful and elegant attire is no longer a prerequisite to
ownership and enjoyment of the grand old American marque

 

 

Misc. Images

 


Cropped gasoline advertisement
"Fill 'er up!"

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Assembly line inspection of finished car

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Could YOUR '62 Cadillac be in this line-up of new models at the Clark Street facility ?

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Production record-breaking 1962 Cadillac sedan - the 160,840th;
up to that time the record model year had been 1956, with 154,577 cars built


Harold G. Warner, Cadillac General Manager
and Fred H. Murray, General Sales Manager

 

 

Trivia

 

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I believe this is the wife of a Cadillac executive, taking delivery of a new
Coupe de Ville at the factory (the red ribbon on the roof is barely visible,
but the huge birthday cake stands out well on the hood of the car

Trivia:  

These and other  rare, factory promotional shots (?) were discovered, circa 1998-2000, in an old photo album recovered [along with many more] by "Kevin", the night supervisor of a Detroit dumpster company.

Every Friday, two 54' dumpsters from the Fleetwood plant would pull in to his yard, both loaded with "treasures" (by today's "collectible"  standards);  when he moved to Maine, circa 2001-02,  he took with him THREE tractor-trailer loads.  Now he is a regular vendor on Ebay!

I believe the CLC Museum and Research Center was able to acquire some of these albums; sadly others have gone into private collections and possibly may be lost for us poor researchers.

 

 

Return to The (New) Cadillac Database© Index Page
or go back to the Cadillac photo index page to pick another year
or go to the  La Salle photo index page

 

© 1996, Yann Saunders and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc.
[ Background image: 1962 tail fin ]