Cadillac 75 Generation 2 Series 39-75 7567 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood

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75 Generation 2 Series 39-75 7567 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood





For 1938, Cadillac fielded five models. The first four (Series 38-60, 38-60S, 38-65, and 38-75) were eight cylinders and the 38-90 was a V-16. The V-12 series 85 was dropped this year. Also the Series 70 and Fisher bodied Series 75 Specials were dropped, but a Convertible Sedan was added to the Series 65 line. The styling bonanza for 1938 was the sensational new Sixty Special Sedan.

Series 65 (Custom V-8) and Series 75 (Fleetwood) shared a new front end style featuring a massive vertical cellular grille, three sets of horizontal bars on the hood sides, alligator hood, and headlights on the filler piece between fenders and hood. Optional side mount covers were hinged to the fenders. Quarter windows were of sliding rather than hinged construction. Rear of bodies had rounder corners and more smoothly blended lines; trunks had more appearance of being an integral part of the body. Bodies were all steel except for wooden main sills.

New chassis details included: Column gear shift, horns just behind grille, battery under right hand side of hood, transverse muffler just behind fuel tank, wheels by different manufacturer (not interchangeable with 1937), "Synchro-Flex" flywheel hypoid rear axle on all series, deletion of oil filter.

Compression ratio on Series 75 was raised to 6.70: 1, necessitating use of high octane fuel.

Common to all 1939 Cadillacs were a redesigned dashboard, newly optional vacuum-operated radio antenna, rubber rear fender protectors and something called "Controlled-Action Ride," a reference to a higher rear axle rotation centre claimed to enhance ride comfort.

Cadillac had settled on the 5.678 litre version of the monobloc V-8 for all its eight-cylinder models except LaSalle beginning in 1937. Rated at 135 horsepower at 3400 rpm, the 5.678 litre had five more horses than the 1935 V-8 and 10 more than the one-year-only 5295mm monobloc. The Sixty-Special arrived weighing only some 105 kg more than a comparable 1938 Series 60 sedan, so its power-to-weight ratio was less than 14 kg per horsepower, quite good for the period. By contrast, that year's Packard Super Eight -- which, incidentally, cost $700 more than the Special -- carried nearly 16 kg per horsepower.

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