1947, Cadillac Returns
with a Vengeance
1947 was a lackluster year for
Cadillac as far as new design innovations, but it marked a more than double
increase in the number of units sold from 1946. Cadillac, in 1947, was a company on
the rebound from war and the American economy and the public were along for
With renewed confidence in their economy and a new feeling of
national pride, the American public began buying new car in unprecedented
numbers and Cadillac was one of the most popular brands available. Cadillac
had an excellent year, despite the lack of new models and lackluster changes
to existing models.
1947 Cadillac models
• The Series 75 (5 different styles)
• A fastback Series 62
• A notchback Series 62
• Series 62 sedans
• Sixty Special
These models had a few
superficial cosmetic differences from the previous years, like round
headlights, new wheel covers and a redone front grille, but that was the
extent of the changes in the lineup. With little change, Cadillac was able
to regain their prewar popularity and expand their market share
impressively. This was due to many factors, not least the popularity that
Cadillac had gained by providing quality engines, tanks and munitions to the
war effort. This proved to be an incredible form of advertising for the
carmaker and paid off handsomely in the end.
Cadillac's offerings for this year were
well received by the public, allowing the company to grow and prosper even
more. 1947 was marked with exceptional effort on the part of the carmaker,
all geared towards getting production back to the private sector. Their
efforts to ramp up production were well rewarded in 1948, when Cadillac
again set new trends and industry leading ideas.
With their commitment to quality and
precision, Cadillac's reputation grew with each vehicle sold, eventually
outstripping their luxury car competition and dooming some of them to an
inglorious death. Pictured above is a
1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible.
Cadillac managed to have amazing growth
despite enormous inflation in 1947. Despite the financial problems that the
economy was experiencing, people still clamored to purchase a Cadillac, a
legacy from the prewar days and Cadillac's production during the war effort.
Something new was coming along in 1948 Cadillac
and it changed the car industry.