Cadillac for 1962The 1962 Cadillac de Ville offered crisp modern styling toned down ever so slightly from the previous model year. The iconic tail fins were tapered into the body for a more elegant, refined look and the lower fins (or ‘skegs’ as they were called) at the rear remained from the ’1961 re-style. The Sedan de Ville received a new pillarless four-window roofline. From the bold front end styling, to the sweep of the rakish tail fins, it was unmistakably Cadillac and the 1962 Sedan de Ville was a favourite among luxury car buyers; sales increasing dramatically over the previous year.
The lavish interior was available in eight cloths with leather, or four solid colour leather upholstery choices offering pure unadulterated Cadillac luxury. Power windows and seats, folding centre front and rear arm rests, and courtesy lighting were all available, as were more standard features than any other luxury brand. Popular options for the 1962 model year included a rear window defogger, Soft-Ray glass, air conditioning, automatic headlamp control, power door locks, power trunk lid release, controlled differential, fog lamps, and cruise control.
The 1962 model also offered a new hydraulic brake master cylinder with separate front and rear hydraulic lines, allowing the front and rear to work independently, while the proven 390cu in OHV V8 with its four barrel Rochester carb and Hydra-Matic automatic transmission offered brilliant performance, silence at any speed and great reliability. The famous ultra-smooth, magic-carpet ride was there too, thanks to Freon-filled shockers all around, four link drive system, helical coil springs and rubber bushes fitted at the rear. All this helped to create a perfectly smooth ride and to prevent any body roll on bends; no easy feat considering this is such a large and heavy car. The de Ville would become one of the longest running production series of any car, surviving from 1949 until 2005 when the DTS name was launched.