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Unless otherwise specified all photos and illustrations are from Yann Saunders'
collection of Cadillac photos, advertisements and product catalogs,
reproduced courtesy of the Cadillac Motor Car Division and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club


The year 1949 was marked by notable technical rather than styling innovations.  This was the year when Cadillac introduced the all-new, light-weight, overhead valve V8 engine. 

Production of the new models fell a little short of 100,000 units (92,554).  The best sales year until now had been 1941, with 66,130 units built and sold.  Remember that U.S. industries were picking up slowly after the second world war.  Automobile production had ceased in the USA from 1942-1945.

Changes in styling were minor.  The year's easy ID feature is the front grille extensions that wrap around the sides of the front fenders, reaching almost to the front wheel openings.


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Front and rear clips of the 1949 Cadillac models.   Optional, rectangular fog lamps
often replaced the small, round parking lights below the headlights. 
Standard equipment in 1949 included a single reversing light on the LH side;
however, most buyers ordered the optional second light for a more balanced look



1999 is the fiftieth anniversary year of the 1949 models.  Much has been written already about them.  Database users are recommended to refer to the June 1999 issue of the Self Starter magazine of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc. (CLC) for the full, illustrated story of the 1949 Cadillac.

Many of the artist's drawings below are from the small, 9 x 9 inch color catalog of new Cadillac models for 1949.  Although quite rare and, therefore, a desirable addition to any Cadillac sales literature collection, the size of this catalog and the particular style of graphics used set it apart from the usual high-quality merchandising catalogs to which the company had got potential buyers accustomed.  The publication date on the catalog is September 1948. 

In addition to the full-line, color catalog, there were also a couple of "specials".  One was devoted to the new engine, the other to the equally new "Coupe de Ville". 

The new, 1949 models were classified into the following groups (in ascending order of value):  the series "Sixty-One", "Sixty-Two", "Sixty Special" and "Seventy-Five".  That is the order I have chosen to follow in this photo presentation.

Additional information on the 1949 models and the related sales literature may be found  in The (New) Cadillac Database© sections entitled "Descriptions and Specifications of Cadillac Cars 1946 - 1950" and  "Cadillac and La Salle Sales Literature 1946 - 1949".  Further recommended reading includes:

(a)   Roy Schneider's superb "Cadillacs of the Forties" published in 1976 by Automobile Heritage Publishing Co., Post Office Box 7, Temple City, CA 91780 [ISBN #0-917104-01-3], and

(b) "Standard Catalog of Cadillac, 1903-2000" edited by James T. Lentzke, © 2000, published by Krause Publications, Inc., 700 E. State Street, Iola, WI 54990 [ISBN #0-87341-925-1, Library of Congress #91-61301].


The Series 61


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Series Sixty-One coupe, style 61
6409 units were built


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A fine survivor photographed by the author,
in Georgia, in 1997



A superb survivor
[ Photo: Internet, 2014 ]




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"Plain" best describes the interior
appointments of the Series 61 sedan


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The Series Sixty-One sedan, style 6169
15738 units were built


The Series 62


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The Series Sixty-Two coupe, style 6207
7515 of them were built


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Factory publicity shot
of the same car






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The all new, Series Sixty-Two Coupe de Ville, style 6237
2150 of them were built


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Here is an interesting, bird's-eye view
of the special roof line on this new model



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Despite the plain design of seat and seat back,
"62" interiors are attractive


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The Series Sixty-Two sedan, style 6269
37617 were built [this is the most prolific of the '49 models]

A fine survivor




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The Series Sixty-Two Convertible Coupe, style 6267X
8000 units were built


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Rich, red leather interior features broad piping
to offset square design on door panels


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Three survivors (the one on the right, below, was sold at a Gooding car auction in Scottsdate, AZ, in Jan. 2013

Another lovely survivor

Cropped photo of a parade in Urbana, IL, in 1950
[ Photo: Internet ]



The Fleetwood Series Sixty Special


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The Sixty Special sedan, style 6069; 11399 were built.
[ N.B. the first Coupe de Ville was built on the "60S" chassis ]


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Rear seat of the Sixty Special sedan,
the height of Cadillac luxury

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The survivor at left is owned by Ron Kucharski of Flushing, NY
[ Photo: © 2000, Richard A. Wright ]



The Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five


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The Series 75 by Fleetwood
This model was available as a 5-pass sedan [style 7519X - 220 units built],
a  9-pass. business sedan [style 7523L - 35 built], a 7-pass sedan
[style 7523X - 595 built], a 9-pass. business limousine with division
[style 7533L - 25 built], a 7-pass limousine [style 7533X - 626 built]


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Two fine survivors
This was the last year for the pre-WW2
pontoon-style fenders on the "75" series.
In 1950, the "75" models would adopt the same styling
features as all the other models in the range




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Gray and taupe (tan) were always the favorite interior colors
for the large family sedans and the more formal limousines. 
Above is the spacious interior of the 5-pass. sedan, style 7519X


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The 7-passenger cars, in both sedan and limousine configuration
had two, fold-away occasional seats. Interior design and hardware
in these cars remained almost unchanged from 1941 to 1949




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Gone, in 1949, was the unique
"horseshoe" panel of 1948


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Hydraulically-operated window lifts were standard equipment on styles 6267X, 6237X, 6037X, 6069X, 7519X, 7523X and 7533X;  yes, you guessed it, cars with the new feature got an "X" in the styling code



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The all-new, light-weight,
overhead valve V8 engine


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Cadillac's traditional "V" and crest
looked particularly dazzling in 1949


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