Eight vertical louvers on the lower rear fenders directly
behind the fender breakline once again characterized the widedoor Cadillac sedan.
This model was also distinguished by exclusive extra-wide full-length chrome
underscores and a Fleetwood insignia on the rear deck lid.
I. D. NUMBERS
- Serial numbers and engine numbers were again one and the same.
- They appeared on the right-hand side of the crankcase above the water pump and on the right frame side bar behind the engine support.
- The first two symbols were "53" for 1953.
- The next two symbols indicated the series as follows:
- "62" = Series 62 (including Eldorado)
- "60" = Series Sixty Special Fleetwood
- "75" = Series 75 Fleetwood
The remaining digits represented the consecutive unit number and began with 00000
for all series.
- All series had the same ending number, which would be misinterpreted if listed.
|Model Number||Body Style||Doors||Model||Seat||Price||Weight||Production Total|
|Type||V-8 Overhead valves.|
|Block||Cast iron block.|
|Bore and stroke||96.8mm x 92.1mm|
|Brake horsepower||210 hp @ 4150 rpm|
|Power||157 kW @ 4150 rpm|
|Bearings||Five main bearings|
|Valve lifters||Hydraulic valve lifters.|
- with Hydra-Matic Transmission:
Carter WCFB four-barrel Model 2005S
also - Rochester 4GC four-barrel Model 7005100.
- with Dynaflow Transmission:
Carter WCFB four-barrel Models 2088S, 2119S, and 2119SA
also - Rochester 4GC four-barrel Model 7006215.
NOTE: After the Hydra-Matic plant fire approximately
19,000 Cadillacs were sold with Buick Dynaflow transmission attachments. This was
referred to as the "Twin Turbine" drive.
|Tires||8.00 x 15|
|Dual exhaust system||standard.|
|Rear axle ratios||3.07:1|
- On August 12, a fire at the Hydra-Matic transmission factory in Livonia, Mich.
broke out and would bring a damaging halt to production within a week.
- It was September 8 before Cadillacs began leaving the factory again.
- 28000 Cadillacs were built with Buick Dynaflow transmission after GM's
Hydra-Matic plant burned to the ground.
- Charles E. Arnold was chief engineer
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