Cadillac in 1946
1946 was a short production year for
Cadillac, just like the year before 1945. With the war over, production at home began switching over to
consumer products, though this was time consuming and costly. During 1946,
Cadillac was only able to produce a little over 29,000 vehicles for customer
purchase and these sold amazingly well. With the war over, the public could
again return to purchasing the things they wanted and needed in their lives.
New cars were a big part of this, since no new models had been available for
several years from most manufacturers.
This year marked several
things, but they wouldn't come to complete fruition until
consumer production was back in full swing.
The models offered in
• The Series 75 (5 different styles)
• A fastback Series 62
• A notchback Series 62
• Series 62 sedans
• Sixty Special
The models offered that year
were only slightly different from previous years and due to postwar
production problems, many variations and some whole model lines had to be
done away with. This turned out to be to the benefit of Cadillac, as it
opened the way for new trendsetting designs that would follow to take up the
As war veterans returned home
and life began to return to normal, more and more people found themselves in
the market for a new car. The next model year nearly doubled Cadillac's sold
units and the brand returned with renewed life and vigor. World trendsetting
designs were being conceptualized during this time, but it would take nearly
two more years for these designs to hit the market. Cadillac began preparing
to release new styles, but production was still limited to the few postwar
styles that they were able to produce.
Cadillac, in 1946, was a
company in a holding pattern. With great designs in the wings, the company
was destined to set industry standards and trends that would influence
decades of carmakers and influence how Americans looked at cars. These
standards are still present in today's Cadillac, combining industry leading
technology and unprecedented precision and engineering. Cadillac has long
been a world leader in the automotive industry for those reasons. We will
see some more changes coming on 1947 Cadillacs.