Cadillac 6200 Models & History 1961


Cadillacs were restyled and re-engineered for 1961. The new grille slanted back towards both the bumper and the hood lip along the horizontal plane and sat between quad headlamps. New forward slanting front roof pillars with non-wraparound windshield glass was seen. The revised backlight (rear window) treatment had crisp, angular lines with thin pillars on some models and heavier, semi-blind-quarter roof posts on others. A new short-deck sedan was situated in the 6300 lineup, ostensibly created for rich dowagers with small parking stalls in their luxury apartment houses.

Standard equipment on base 6200 models included

  • power brakes
  • power steering
  • automatic transmission
  • dual backup lights
  • windshield washer and dual speed wipers
  • wheel discs
  • plain fender skirts
  • outside rear view mirror
  • vanity mirror
  • oil filter

Rubberized front and rear coil springs replaced the trouble prone air suspension system. Wheelbases were decreased on most models. Four-barrel induction systems were now the sole power choice and dual exhausts were no longer available. Series designation trim appeared on the front fenders.


Motor serial numbers took the same form used in 1960 with the first pair of symbols changed to “61” to indicate model year.
Applicable codes were stamped in the same locations on the cars.
The alphabetical code “C” identified the new Series 6300 short-deck sedan.


Model Number Style Number Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
61-62A 6239A 4-door 4-window Sedan 6 5080 4660 4,700
61-62K 6229K 4-door 6-window Sedan 6 5080 4680 26,216
61-62G 6237G 2-door Hardtop Coupe 6 5892 4560 16,005
61-62F 6267F Convertible 6 5455 4720 15,500

NOTE: All 6200 sedans were pillarless hardtop sedans.


Type V-8 – Overhead valves
Block Cast iron block.
Displacement 390 cubic inches.
Bore and stroke 4.00 x 3-8/8 inches.
Compression ratio 10.5:1.
Brake horsepower 325 @ 4800 rpm
Bearings Five main bearings.
Valve Lifters Hydraulic valve lifters.
Carburetion Rochester four-barrel Model 701930.


Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires Exhaust
Series 62 129.5″ 222″ 8.00 x 15 Single
Deville 129.5″ 222″ 8.00 x 15 Single
Deville Town Sedan 129.5″ 215″ 8.00 x 15 Single


None available.


Air conditioning Series 62 $474
Autronic Eye $46.
Cruise Control $97.
Door guards on two-door $4
Door guards on four-door $7.
Electric door locks on two-door $46
Electric door locks on four-door $70
E-Z-Eye Glass $52.
Pair of fog lamps $43
Automatic heating system on Series 62 $129
License plate frame $6
Six-way power seat $85-113
Power windows $85
Power vent windows $73
Radio with rear speaker $16
Radio with remote control $247
Remote control trunk lock $59
Five white sideqall tire size 8.20 x 15 four-ply $85 exchange
Permanent anti-freeze -20° $8
Permanent anti-freeze -40° $9.
Accessory groups A and B included mostly the same features as 1960 at the combined total of individual prices listed above