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 or 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 pillar.
- 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 tailfins.
- 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.
|Model No.||Body Style||Door||Model||Seat||Price||Weight||Production Total|
|55-62||6219(X||4||Sedan ||6||$3977||1989 kg||44,904|
|55-62||6219(X||4||Export sedan||6||$3977||1989 kg||396|
|55-62||6237DX||2||Coupe DeVille||6||$4305||2013 kg||33,300|
|55-62||6267X||2||Convertible Coupe||6||$4448||2105 kg||8,150|
|55-62||62|| ||Chassis only|| || || ||7|
- 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.
|Type||V-8: Overhead valves|
|Block||Cast iron block|
|Bore and stroke||96.8mm x 92.1mm|
|Brake horsepower||250 hp @ 4600 rpm|
|Power||186 kW @ 4600 rpm|
|Bearings||Five main bearings|
|Valve Lifters||Hydraulic valve lifters|
|Carburetors||Carter WCFB four-barrel, Models 2355S, 2354S, 2185S, 2186S, 2266S, 2267S, and 2255 - also - Rochester 4GC four-barrel, (Less air conditioning) Model 7007970; (With air conditioning) Model 7007971.|
|Feature||Series 62 Sedan||Other Series 62|
|Tires||8.00 x 15||8.00 x 15|
|Exhausts||Standard dual exhausts|
|Standard Rear axle ratio||3.36:1|
|Optional Rear axle ratio||3.07:1|
1955 Cadillac Notes
- Motor Trend magazine reported fuel consumption figures of
18.2 L/100km (stop-and-go)
for a Series 62 sedan with the standard 250 horsepower V-8.
- Total 1955 output for all models reached 140,777 units, a new record high for
- Don E. Ahrens was general manager
- Charles F. Arnold was chief engineer
- Edward Glowacke was chief designer (Cadillac Studio)
- James M. Roche was general sales manager
- Cadillac production figures
Series 6281,336 (increased 23,312)
Sedan de Ville0
Coupe de Ville33,300 (increased 16,130)
Eldorado3,950 (increased 1,800)
Series 6018,300 (increased 2,100)
Series 753,891 (increased 756)
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