Cadillac 62 Generation 2 Series 47-62 6267 Convertible Coupe by Fisher

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62 Generation 2 Series 47-62 6267 Convertible Coupe by Fisher





Just as the 1946 models were a modest makeover of the pre-war ’42s, the 1947s that were introduced that January were a subtle freshening of the previous model year. There was more bright work and modest grille and trim changes. The bold “egg crate” grille had one fewer horizontal bar, and parking lights became small round units, unless optional fog lamps were ordered. Rear fender shields, which were rubber on the ’46s, were now made of stainless steel. Particularly noticeable were the large optional “Sombrero” wheel covers. Hydra-Lectric window lifts became standard equipment in the 1947 Series 75 Fleetwood’s and Series 62 Convertible, which was the only soft-top. Convertible production of 6,755 cars in 1947 helped Cadillac’s total sales of 61,926 surpass Packard as the best-selling American luxury car. Sales however reached a record 39,835, accounting for over 64% of all Cadillacs sold.

Mechanically, the '47 engine was toughened with hardened ball seats as a component of the hydraulic valve lifters. Cadillac considered this improvement important enough to phase it in on the late '46s. Sixty-Two convertibles and the Seventy-Fives were now equipped with Hydro-Lectric window lifts as standard equipment. This was a complicated hydraulic system that requires careful attention to long-term maintenance for the collector who owns a Cadillac so fitted.

Series 62 Cadillacs were again based on the GM C-Body and had a slightly sleeker appearance than models in the other lines. Notchback styling we seen on all models, except the fastback coupe. However, it was easy to distinguish this car from a 61 coupe, as the door skins did not flare-out above the rocker panels; the side window openings were lower and the reveal mouldings circled each window individually instead of looping around all windows as on the smaller car. The 62 sedan also had door skins which mated flush with the rocker panels and featured ventilates on both the front and rear windows. The 62 convertible was the only open-bodied Cadillac available.

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