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Cadillac Series 62 Coupé DeVille 1958 (5583)

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Manufacturer: General Motors Company (GM), Cadillac Motor Car Division, Detroit, Michigan - USA Type: Series 62 Model 6237D Coupé DeVille Production time: November 1957 - October 1958 Production outlet: 18,414 Engine: 5972cc GM Cadillac V-8 365 OHV valve-in-head Power: 310 bhp / 4.800 rpm Torque: 549 Nm / 3.100 rpm Drivetrain: rear wheels Speed: 189 km/h Curb weight: 2160 kg Wheelbase: 129,5 inch Chassis: GM C-body tubular center X- frame chassis with cross-bracing and separate all-steel body (by Fisher) Steering: Saginaw hydraulic powered recirculation ball Gearbox: GM Controlled Coupling Hydra-Matic (Jetaway, Flashaway) four-speed automatic transmission (no torque-converter) / all synchromesh / steering column shift Clutch: not applicable Carburettor: Carter AFB2862S 4-barrel downdraft Fuel tank: 76 liter Electric system: Delco 12 Volts 70 Ah Ignition system: distributor and coil Brakes front: 12 inch Bendix Hydrovac powered hydraulic drums Brakes rear: 12 inch Bendix Hydrovac powered hydraulic drums Suspension front: independent wishbones, trapezoidal triangle cross bars, spherical joints, sway bar, helical coil springs + hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers Suspension rear: beam axle, four-link drive, longitudinal thrust arms, stabilizer triangle, helical coil springs + hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers Rear axle: live semi-floating type Differential: hypoid 3.07:1 Wheels: 15 inch steel discs Tires: 8.00 x 15 4-ply, tubeless, low pressure Options: European export GM Cadillac V-8 365 engine (Carter WCFB2370S downdraft 4-barrel carburettor - power283bhp/4.600rpm - torque 518Nm/2.800rpm - top speed 183 km/h), GM Cadillac V-8 365 Eldorado engine (3x Rochester 2-barrel carburettor - power 335bhp/4.800rpm - torque 542Nm/3.200rpm - top speed 194 km/h), Cadillac air suspension, Cadillac heating and ventilation system, power windows, anodized gold grille, anodized-gold “Sabre Spoke” wheels (by Alcoa/Kelsey Hayes and standard on the Eldorado model), whitewall tires, a gold finish grille, a four-way electrically power bench seat, a signal-seeking Wonderbar Pre-Selector AM radio, electrically operated antenna, Cadillac Air Conditioning, passenger seat belts, climate control system, remote-control trunk release, a Continental spare tire kit, (wide) whitewall tires, an Autronic eye, side-mounted spotlights, fog lamps, “E-Z Eye” tinted glass, fog lamps, two-tone colouring Special: - Cadillac was formed from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company when Henry Ford departed along with several of his key partners and the company was dissolved. With the intent of liquidating the firm's assets, Ford's financial backers, William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen called in engineer Henry M. Leland to appraise the plant and equipment prior to selling them. Instead, Leland persuaded them to continue the automobile business using Leland's proven 1-cylinder engine. Henry Ford's departure required a new name, and on August 22, 1902, the company reformed as the Cadillac Automobile Company. - The Cadillac automobile was named after the 17th century French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1701. - Cadillac was purchased by the General Motors conglomerate in 1909. Cadillac became General Motors' prestige division, devoted to the production of large luxury vehicles. In the United States, the name became a synonym for "high quality", used in such phrases as "the Cadillac of watches," referring to a Rolex. In English usage outside North America, other brands are used in such phrases - usually Rolls-Royce. - The Cadillac line was also GM's default marque for "commercial chassis" institutional vehicles, such as limousines, ambulances, hearses, and funeral home flower cars. The latter three of which were custom built by aftermarket manufacturers: Cadillac does not produce any such vehicles in factory. - The original Series 62 was designed by Harley Earl, inspired by the space program and the era of jet engines. For the ’55 models, he introduced its unique rear-deck styling and outrageous new “Shark Fin” tail fins usually called “Rocket-Ship” tail fins. - The name "DeVille" is from the French "de la ville" or "de ville" meaning "of the town". - It came standard with knobby, P-38 inspired tail fins, radio, electric windshield washers, heater, leather interior, full carpeting (also in the trunk area), power seats and power windows. - This Cadillac was built for comfort and not for speed: it’s a real cruiser and could carry six individuals comfortably. - The 1958 Series 62 was available as this 2-door Coupé DeVille, as 4-door 6239D Sedan DeVillle (23,989 units built), as 4-door 6239 Sedan (13,335 units built), as 2-door 6239E Extended Sedan (20,952 units built), as 2-door 6237 Coupé (18,736 units built), as 2-door 6237S Eldorado Seville Coupé (855 units built), as 2-door 6267S Eldorado Biarritz Convertible (815 units built) and as 2-door 6267 Convertible (7,825 units built). - This fifth generation Series 62 (1957-1958), and last Harley Earl design (the iconic ’59 huge tailfins with dual bullet tail lights were designed by Bill Mitchell), was assembled in Detroit (Michigan) and in South Gate (California).

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