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1954 CADILLAC Cadillac Index

1954 Cadillac Pillared coupes didn't return for '54, but Eldorado did. Though more like the standard Series 62 convertible, the '54 was far less expensive -- $4738. Buyers responded, snapping up 2150. The figure improved to 3950 units for '55, then twice as many for '56, when Eldorados doubled to include a Seville hardtop coupe priced at the same $6556 as the retitled Biarritz convertible.

1954 Cadillac Eldorado was more distinctive again after '54, with sharply pointed "shark" fins above round taillights. Other models retained the small taillight-and-fin motif that had become a Cadillac hallmark. The division's basic '54 look persisted through effective, if evolutionary, facelifts for 1955 and '56. The latter year saw introduction of Cadillac's first four-door hardtop Sedan de Ville, which immediately scored almost as many sales as the Coupe de Ville and standard 62 hardtop combined.

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Many appearance improvements marked the 1954 Cadillacs. They included Round, jet-style dual exhaust outlets were incorporated into the vertical bumper extensions and the rear bumper was entirely redesigned. An Eldorado type wraparound windshield was seen on all models. Sedans used a distinctive type of window reveal molding which created a built-in sun visor effect. For coupes, a smoothly curved wraparound backlight (i.e., rear window) was referred to as the "Florentine" style rear window. A wide ventilator intake now stretched across the base of the windshield on all models and the chrome visored headlamp look was emphasized.

The Series 62 chassis had a brand new, longer wheelbase. One identifying feature of this line was the lack of rear fender louvers. V-shaped ornaments and crests were used on the hood and deck and there were full-length body underscores in bright metal. Coupe DeVille scripts were seen on the rear corner pillars of the luxury hardtop, which also had wider sill moldings. The Eldorado (which is still considered a series 62) had golden identifying crests centered directly behind the air-slot fenderbreaks and wide, fluted beauty panels to decorate the lower rear body sides. These panels were made of extruded aluminum and also appeared on a unique, one-of-a-kind Eldorado coupe built for the president of the Reynolds Aluminum Co. Also included on the production convertible were monogram plates on the doors, wire wheels, and custom interior trimmings with the Cadillac crest embossed on the seat bolsters. Automatic windshield washers, power steering, 12-volt electrical system and aluminum alloy pistons made the long standard equipment list this year. The Series 62 four-door sedan was now seven inches shorter than other models in this range. Another one-off creation was an exclusive Sedan DeVille.


1954 Cadillac

I. D. NUMBERS


Model NumberBody StyleDoorsModelSeatingFactory PriceShipping WeightProduction Total
54-626219(X)4-door Sedan 53933433033,845
54-626219(X)-Export Sedan539334330408
54-626219SX-Sedan DeVille5--1
54-626237(X)2-doorCoupe 53838434717,460
54-626237DX-Coupe DeVille54261440917,170
54-626267X-Convertible Coupe5440445986,310
54-6262-Chassis only---1
ELDORADO SPECIAL
54-626267SX-Sport Convertible Coupe5573848092,150


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ENGINE

1954 Cadillac

CHASSIS

ModelWheelbaseOverall LengthFront TreadRear TreadTires
Series 62 Sedan129 inches216.4 inches60 inches63.1 inches8.00 x 15 (opt. 8.20 x 15 whitewall)
Series 62129 inches223.4 inches60 inches63.1 inches8.00 x 15 (opt. 8.20 x 15 whitewall -- except for 6267)
Series 62 Eldorado129 inches223.4 inches60 inches63.1 inches8.20 x 15 whitewalls
Series 60S133 inches227.4 inches60 inches63.1 inches8.00 x 15 (opt. 8.20 x 15 whitewall)
Series 75149.8 inches237.1 inches60 inches63.1 inches8.20 x 15
ExhaustDual exhaust system standard
Rear axle ratio(Standard) 3.07: 1; (Standard with air conditioning; optional without) 3.36:1


CHASSIS

ModelWheelbaseOverall LengthFront TreadRear TreadTires
Series 62 Sedan129 inches216.4 inches60 inches63.1 inches8.00 x 15 (opt. 8.20 x 15 whitewall)
Series 62129 inches223.4 inches60 inches63.1 inches8.00 x 15 (opt. 8.20 x 15 whitewall -- except for 6267)
ExhaustDual exhaust system standard
Rear axle ratio(Standard) 3.07: 1; (Standard with air conditioning; optional without) 3.36:1


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