Three GM divisions had 50th anniversaries in 1953. That were Oldsmobile, Buick and Cadillac. Incidentally, some 1953 Cadillacs were built with a Hydramatic transmission (like this car) after a fire in the Buick Dynaflow plant. That factory in Willow Run had a reduced output of transmissions that year.
The 1953 Cadillac 62 4dr sedan had a higher rear deck lid contour. This provided additional space in the trunk. Back up lights were now standard equipment and were incorporated in the taillights.
The grille wraparound panels were redesigned once again having broad chrome trim below each headlight with side scoop styling and gold-colored winged emblem mounted in the center. At the rear all Cadillacs adopted a through the bumper dual exhaust system. Deck ornamentation took the form of a Cadillac crest over abroad golden "V".
New standard features included self-winding clocks, improved direction signal indicators, glare proof mirrors, specially hardened pistons, and four barrel carburetor. Engine output for the 331 was 190 hp.
The 1953 Series 62 saw a redesigned grille with heavier integral bumper and bumper guards, the repositioning of parking lamps directly under the headlights and one piece rear windows without division bars.
Series 62 bodystyles were identified by non louvered rear fenders, the use of thin bright metal underscores on the bottom rear of the cars only and the decoration of both hood and deck lid with Cadillac crests and V- shaped ornaments.
At the Auction
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This 1953 Cadillac Series 62 4 door sedan has a 331 V8 engine and a Hydramatic automatic transmission. That is an original piece, because a fire in 1953 destroyed a plant that produced the Dynaflows normally used.
The car runs and drives. It only needs very little to be a nice cruiser. It has factory power windows and front seat. Both need work. The battery is new. It just needs a 12 volt generator to be a driver. Interior is a bit rough but highly original. Can be saved and should be saved. Car has working power steering, new brakes all around and a new water pump.
Through the years the key for the doors and trunk got lost. This is actually not a big deal because making a set of new keys is possible without replacing the locks!
The ignition key is there. This old original Cadillac has tons of potential. Comes with a clean Californian title and Californian black plates.