While no major appearance changes were seen on Cadillacs this year, a number of refinements were apparent.
The grille was redesigned with wider spaces between the blades
the parking lamps were repositioned directly below the headlights.
On the sides of the body the rub-rail moldings formed a right angle with the vertical trim on the rear doors
fenders of Series 62 and 60S models.
This accentuated a character line in the sheetmetal.
The Florentine curve rear window treatment was adopted for sedans.
Three chrome moldings bordered the rear license plate on either side and deck lid decorations consisted of a
V-shaped ornament and a Cadillac crest
The Coupe DeVille had a golden script nameplate at the upper body belt just forward of the rear window
The Eldorado sport convertible featured extras such as
wide chrome body belt moldings
a distinctive rear fender design with twin round taillights halfway up the fenders and flatter, pointed
Tubeless tires were a new feature throughout the line.
Cadillac horsepower seemed to climb right along with sales. For 1955 it
reached 250 standard
via higher compression (9.0:1) and improved manifolding; Eldorado now
boasted 270 bhp
courtesy of dual four-barrel carburetors, optional for other models.
I. D. NUMBERS
Serial numbers and engine numbers were the same again
They were found in the same locations as previous year.
The first two symbols were "55" to designate 1955 model production.
The next two symbols indicated the series as follows:
"62" = Series 62 and Eldorado
"60" = Series Special Fleetwood
"75" = Series 75 Fleetwood
The remaining digits represented the consecutive unit number and began at 00000 for each series.
All series had the same ending number, which would be misinterpreted if listed.
The export sedan was shipped in CKD form to foreign countries.
The symbol X in brackets after Body Style Number indicates hydraulic window lifts optional;
without brackets indicates this feature standard.
V-8: Overhead valves
Cast iron block
Displacement: 331 cubic inches
Bore and stroke: 3.81 x 3.63 inches
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Brake horsepower: 250 @ 4600 rpm
Five main bearings
Hydraulic valve lifters
Carburetors: Carter WCFB four-barre], Models 2355S, 2354S, 2185S, 2186S, 2266S, 2267S, and 2255 - also
Rochester 4GC four-barrel, (Less air conditioning) Model 7007970; (With air conditioning) Model 7007971.
Series 62 Sedan
Other Series 62
8.00 x 15
8.00 x 15
Standard dual exhausts
Standard Rear axle ratio
Optional Rear axle ratio
The 270 horsepower Eldorado engine was available as an optional "Power Package" in other models for
Radio and antenna ($132)
Heating and ventilation system ($129)
Power brakes ($48)
Four-way adjustable power seat ($70)
Vertically adjustable power seat ($54)
Power windows ($1O8)
Air conditioning ($620)
White sidewall tires
E-Z-Eye safety glass
Autronic Eye automatic headlamp dimmer
Other standard GM options and accessories available
Motor Trend magazine reported fuel consumption figures of 12.9 miles per gallon (stop-and-go) for a
sedan with the standard 250 horsepower V-8.
Total 1955 output for all models reached 140,777 units, a new record high for Cadillac Division.