Cadillac 62 Eldorado Generation 2 Series 54-62 6267SX Sport Convertible Coupe by Fisher

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62 Eldorado Generation 2 Series 54-62 6267SX Sport Convertible Coupe by Fisher





Only a year after the introduction of the 1953 Eldorado, the division saw the need for a new kind of Eldorado, one that could be sold in significant numbers and thus turn a substantial profit. Accordingly, the 1954 model was of a different breed -- and it sold for a different price: $5738, more than $2000 less than the '53. It was a convertible similar to the Series 62 convertible, but was much more.

Cadillac styling was heavier and more massive for '54. The new models outweighed their 1953 counterparts by something like 64 kg, due in part to 76mm longer wheelbases across the line. Whether their more slab-sided appearance made them better-looking may be open to question, but they were nevertheless well received. Power was still supplied by the division's milestone 5.4 litre overhead-valve V-8 that had first appeared for 1949. Though rated horsepower now rose from 210 to 230, there were no engine changes from the previous year. In fact, the '53 figure had been deliberately understated in order to facilitate this corporate sleight of hand.

In 1954, Eldorado lost its unique sheet metal and shared its basic body shell with standard Cadillacs. Distinguished now mainly by trim pieces, this allowed GM to lower the price and see a substantial increase in sales. The Eldorado’s had golden identifying crests centered directly behind the air-slot fender breaks and wide fluted beauty panels to decorate the lower rear body sides. These panels were made of extruded aluminium and also appeared on a unique one of a kind Eldorado coupé built for the Reynolds Aluminium Corporation. Also included in the production Eldorado convertible were monogram plates on the doors, wire wheels, and custom interior trimmings with the Cadillac crest embossed on the seat bolsters. 2150 Eldorado’s were sold, nearly four times as many as in 1953.

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