The 1947 Cadillac: The Last “Old” Cadillac

Recently I have made some posts about the significant overhead valve engine that Cadillac introduced in 1949.  Cadillacs of that era even competed at Le Mans.  To balance that story I thought that I would include a post about the 1947 Cadillac.  I have called the 1947 Cadillac the last of the old Cadillacs.  The 1948 Cadillac was a transitional car.  The 1948 Cadillac had a new modern body design, but it retained the old flathead or side-valve V8 engine.  The 1949 Cadillac had both the new body design and the new overhead valve engine.

The 1947 Cadillac Convertible

The 1947 Cadillac design is essentially a design that first appeared in 1941 and is very close in all aspects to the 1942 Cadillac.  Cadillac shut down car production in February 1942 in order to switch over to war production.  During the war Cadillac provided engines in some tanks.

The Separate Definition of the Front and Back Fenders Reflect a Design Rooted in the 1930s

The 1947 Cadillac had a 346 cubic inch V8 side-valve engine design.  This engine design is often referred to as a “flathead” design.  This engine produced 150 horsepower.  These were not fast cars as the 0 to 60 miles per hour time apparently was about 15 seconds.

The 1947 Cadillac’s 346 Cubic Inch Side-Valve V8 Engine

In 1947 Cadillac was still offering a three-speed manual transmission as the standard transmission.   However, this particular 1947 Cadillac convertible has a “Hydra-Matic” automatic transmission.

This 1947 Cadillac Had the Hydra-Matic Transmission

The speedometer in this Cadillac is interesting as the speedometer appears to have no “dead” space between the highest 110 miles per hour reading and the 0 miles per hour position.

It is interesting to me to contrast this car with the 1949 Cadillac which was a modern car.  This was typical of other North American car manufacturers as they re-tooled following many years of war production.

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