Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
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.”
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|ohv V8||331ci||n/a||160 hp||312 lb-ft|
Ask DeVille expert Richard Ehrenberg