1949 Cadillac DeVille

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Overview


The name "de Ville" is from the French "de la ville" meaning "of the town".


The first Cadillac "Coupe de Ville" was shown during the 1949 Autorama and was built on a Cadillac Sixty Special chassis that featured a dummy air-scoop, chrome trim around the front wheel opening, and a one-piece windshield and rear glass.

The name "de Ville" is from the French "de la ville" meaning "of the town." The Coupe de Ville prototype featured a one-piece curved windshield, a first for GM, a two-way radio/telephone, power windows, power seats, a lipstick holder, a perfume atomizer, and a back-seat secretarial kit for those on-the-road dictation sessions.

The Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville was introduced late in the 1949 model year and was among the first pillar-less hardtop coupes ever produced. It was luxuriously trimmed and came standard with power windows, leather upholstery, and chrome "bows" in the headliner to simulate the ribs of a convertible top.

These cars are rare and a highly desirable Milestone cars sharing honors with the '49 Buick Roadmaster Riviera and Olds 98 Holiday as the first "hardtop convertibles."

Production Numbers


Coupe DeVille 2,150
Total Production 2,150

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
OHV V8 331ci - 160 312 lb-ft 14.5 sec -

Transmission


  • Hydra-Matic Auto

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Black
Triumph Blue
Dartmouth Green
Tyrolian Grey
Cypress Green
El Paso Beige
Horizon Blue
Madeira Maroon
French Gray
Kingswood Green
Lucerne Green
Corinth Blue
Avalon Gray
Chartreuse
Fiesta Ivory

Interior

Black
Light Blue
Red
Medium Saddle
Maroon

OEM Brochures


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