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1947


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Unless otherwise specified all photos and illustrations are from Yann Saunders'
collection of Cadillac photos, advertisements and product catalogs,
reproduced courtesy of the Cadillac Motor Car Division and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club

 

Production of the 1947 cars fell a little short of 62,000 units this year (61,926); this was more than double the previous year's output.  Business, it seems, was picking up at the same rate as the U.S. economy.

The roomy sedan and limousine for seven passengers retained the basic body shell of the 1941-42 cars;  Cadillac was not quite ready to retool for these low sales-volume cars. 

The bulk of the artist's drawings below are from the colorful, double-sided product folder for 1947, measuring 11½ x 9 inches (closed) and  23 x 27 inches (open).

There were no major design changes or technical innovations for 1947.  The war-tried and battle-tested flat-head V8 still powered all the models in the range.  Here it is:

 

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Additional information on the 1947 models and the related sales literature may be found  in The (New) Cadillac Database© sections entitled "Descriptions and Specifications of Cadillac Cars 1946 - 1950",  "Cadillac and La Salle Sales Literature 1946 - 1949" and "Cadillac Dream Cars 1946-1947".  Further recommended reading includes:

The "Standard Catalog of Cadillac, 1903-2000" edited by James T. Lenzke, © 2000, published by Krause Publications, Inc., 700 E. State Street, Iola, WI 54990 [ISBN #0-87341-925-1, Library of Congress #91-61301].

Photos of the finest surviving cars of each series, below, will be added later.  If you think your car deserves to be featured here, please send some glossy 8 x 10s (cars only, no people please) to:

Yann Saunders
114 Seafarer Lane
Columbia - SC 29212

 

Easy ID

 

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There was only a minor facelift, front and rear.  Grille and trunk badges were specific
to only this model year.  These form the year's easy ID 

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Models that did not have the optional fog lights may be recognized by their
ound parking lights that have a horizontal molding or  "spear" on either side

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The block letters spelling  " C A D I L L A C " that were used on the front fenders of  the 1946 Cadillac
models gave way to this new and more graceful script badge with a bold forward slant

 

 

Cars in the Sixty-One Series

 

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Series Sixty-One club coupe for five passengers. This is Cadillac
style #6109.  Out of the 8,555 Series 61 cars built in 1947,
3,395 of them were similar fast-back coupes

 

 

 

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Series Sixty-One touring sedan for five passengers. The remaining 5,160 cars 
in this series,  built in 1947,  were like this Cadillac style #6109

 

 

Cars in the Sixty-Two Series

 

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Cadillac built 39,834 cars in this series,  plus one bare chassis/engine combination. 
This is the club coupe for five passengers,  style  6207; Cadillac built  7,245 of them

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This is Cadillac style 6269, touring sedan
for five passengers;  25,834 units were built

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Probably the most desirable 1947 model is this Series Sixty-Two convertible coupe,
style 6267.  Convertibles were still a popular body style with early post-war buyers. 
Cadillac built  6,755 cars like this one

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A couple of fine looking survivors
[ Photo left: © 2000, Richard A. Wright; photo right: © 1989, Nicky Wright ]

    

    

         
...and another ! (above 2 rows)


Probably a car restored in the 80s or 90s
[ Photo: Internet ]

 

 

The Cadillac Sixty Special sedan

 

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Into its 10th year, the Series Sixty-Special touring sedan for five passengers
enjoyed continued popularity among the more affluent Cadillac buyers. 
This is style 6069.  Cadillac built  8,500 of them.


An uncommon yet lovely survivor
[ Phopto:  Internet ]

 

 

Cars in the Seventy-Five Series

 

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The series Seventy-Five cars accounted for 5,036 sales in 1947;  this number included 
2,423  commercial chassis on the 163" wheel base chassis, 200 so-called business
chassis on the same wheel base and 3 bare chassis/engine combinations for use by
independent coach builders.  Of this touring sedan for five passengers, style #7533, 
Cadillac bnilt just 1,005 units

  

 

 

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This is the Series Seventy-Five touring sedan for seven passengers carried style #7523.  Cadillac made  890 of them. 
The nine-seater version for business or livery usage (style #7523L) accounted for 135 sales this year

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This "75" Series limousine was converted by Derham for a more formal appearance


Hard to tell the year, for sure ('47, '48, '49?) ... but definitely from Cuba

 

 

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[ Background image:  1947 Cadillac grille features ]