With GM settling into a styling groove, Cadillac’s ’62s were basically toned-down ’61s. Highlights included still-lower fins, front-fender cornering lights as a new option, a somewhat tamer grille, and backup/turn/stop lights combined behind a single white lens. Four-window sedans received more orthodox rooflines but still included a pair of short-deck variants, which were now named Series 62 Town Sedan and DeVille Park Avenue. A new braking system with dual master cylinder and separate front and rear hydraulic lines appeared, a portent of the future. Model-year output rose to nearly 161,000, up some 23,000 over ’61.
A mild facelift characterized Cadillac styling trends for 1962.
A flatter grille with a thicker horizontal center bar and more delicate cross-hatched insert appeared.
Ribbed chrome trim panels, seen ahead of the front wheel housings in 1961, were now replaced with cornering lamps and front fender model and series identification badges were eliminated.
More massive front bumper end pieces appeared and housed rectangular parking lamps.
At the rear, taillamps were now housed in vertical nacelles designed with an angled peak at the center.
On Series 6200 models a verticlally ribbed rear beauty panel appeared on the deck lid latch panel.
Cadillac script also appeared on the lower left side of the radiator grille.
The short-deck town Sedan was switched to the base 6200 lineup, while a similar model was still part of the DeVille sub-series.
Standard equipment on 6200 models included:
dual backup lamps
windshield washer and dual speed wipers
remote control outside rear view mirror
left vanity mirror
five tubeless blackwall tires
heater and defroster
front cornering lamps.
I. D. NUMBERS
Motor serial numbers took the same form used in 1961 with the first pair of symbols changed to “62” to indicate model year
Applicable codes were stamped in the same locations on the cars.
The alphabetical code “C” now identified the Town Sedan in the 6200 series
The code “D” was adopted to identify the similar short-deck DeVille sedan added to the lineup this year.
4-door 4-window Sedan
4-door 6-window Sedan
4-door Town Sedan
2-door Hardtop Coupe
All 6200 sedans were pillarless four-door hardtops.
The Town Sedan was of four-window design.
SERIES 6200 ENGINE
V-8 – Overhead valves
Cast iron block.
390 cubic inches.
Bore and stroke
4.00 x 3.875 inches.
325 @ 4800 rpm
Five main bearings.
Hydraulic valve lifters.
Rochester four-barrel Model 701930.
Park Avenue Sedan
8.00 x 15
8.00 x 15
The majority of options and accessories available for 1962 models were identical to those offered in 1961 at the same prices.
Bucket seats were available for 6267F, 6339B. 6347J, or 6389D as an option ($108).