In 1949 Cadillac was entering its post-war boom. Unlike any other marque, dealers found themselves selling to ‘pools’ where groups of people would get together to buy one Cadillac! The company had a tough reputation to maintain, and so in 1948 chief stylist Harley Earl introduced the tail fin, inspired by the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighters that had used Cadillac built engines. The tail fin lasted for well over ten years and was perhaps the most recognised styling exercise ever, also serving to bring back the car’s centre of aerodynamic pressure, thus increasing high speed stability.
In 1949, Harley Earl introduced new styling for the rest of the car, integrating body and ‘fenders’ more closely for a unified look. The Motor commented that, ‘their form, like that of a salmon, is entirely suited to travel in one direction. Static pictures can do scant justice to their natural look as they glide along the road.’
To go with the new look, Cadillac introduced a new high compression engine prompting noted critic, John Bond, to select the 1949 Cadillac as the outstanding car of the year.
In 1956 the Series 62 Coupe de Ville was joined by the Series 62 Sedan de Ville, Cadillac’s first standard production 4-door hardtop. Similarly to the Coupe de Ville, it was also more expensive and more luxuriously trimmed than the standard 4-door Series 62. With 41,732 sold, it also easily outsold the Series 62 sedan in its very first year. Given their sales success, it was only natural that the Coupe de Ville and Sedan de Ville were moved to their own separate series in 1959, the Series 6300, being joined by a De Ville convertible in 1964.
Previously registered to Connecticut in 2007, this lovely example of one of the more luxurious and expensive de Ville series comes finished beautifully in Woodrose with lavishly upholstered beige part-leather interior. Having been sparingly used in recent years, this beautiful and iconic American cruiser, showing only 50,000 recorded miles on the odometer, which of course cannot be warranted, appears largely in good original overall condition.