The formerly smaller Series 61 was moved to the Series 62’s GM’s C-Body. Both were very similar. Design changes came to that body style already in 1948, featuring GM’s first new postwar body with styling bits including tail fins inspired by the Lockheed P-38 fighter plane.
Changes at Cadillac for 1949 was mostly on engineering – with the arrival of the new overhead valve V8 engine. This 331 cu in engine produced 160 hp. Only minor appearance changes implemented: A more massive grille treatment with grooved extension panels housing the front parking lights. Also chevron slashes below the tail lamps. Cars in this line lacked front fender gravel shields and rocker panel moldings and had plainer interior trim. Standard equipment was upgraded this year with twin back-up lamps mounted on the deck lid latch panel.
Cars of these years are well known for dependability, solid construction and longevity.
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1949 Cadillac 61 2Dr fastback. It has the V8 engine as described above, automatic transmission, 15″ tires with ‘sombrero’ hub caps, centers and medaillons. Car has been repainted. Has interior in great shape. Has fender shirts and is in very original shape. It originates from the Rodgers Collection in Las Vegas NV. Runs well and is ready for a drive.