The Cadillac Series 355-B is representative of changes for 1932 that other models made.
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The bodies were longer and lower with an entirely restyled front assembly.
The roof line was lowered one to 76mm.
The longer hood had six ports.
The new front styling included a flat grill built into the radiator shell, headlight, streamlined bullet shaped side lights, and elimination of the fender tie-bar and monogram bar.
The trumpets of the dual horns projected through the headlight stanchions.
The headlight lenses were 241mm each in diameter.
The dual tail lights matched the headlights.
The Super-safe lighting featured three-filament bulbs and four control positions for degree and angle of illumination.
The front license plate was mounted on the bumper.
The running boards curved to match the sweep of the front fenders and blended into the rear fenders.
The tail of the rear fenders was blended into the fuel tank valance.
The trunk on the Town Coupe, Town Sedan, and five passenger Convertible Coupe was integral with the body.
The driver’s vision was increased by 30 percent, as a result of elimination of the outside visor and construction of the 12 degree sloping windshield and corner posts.
A large ventilator was in the top of the cowl, but none in the sides of the cowl.
All separate body moldings were eliminated.
The three spoke steering wheel afforded easy view of instrument cluster in front of the driver.
The right side of the panel was occupied by a “locker.”
I. D. DATA
There were no serial numbers used for the Series 355-B Cadillac.
Engine numbers were stamped on the crankcase near the water inlet on the right hand side.
Starting 1200001. Ending 1202700
Fisher 134″ wheelbase
Fisher 140″ wheelbase
All Weather Phaeton
Fleetwood 140″ wheelbase
Ninety degree L-head
Cast Iron on Aluminum crankcase
Bore & Stroke
85.7 x 125.4
5.38:1 std; 5.70:1, 5.20:1 optional
115 @ 3000 rpm
SAE Taxable horsepower
Twenty-one percent increase in power achieved mostly from new manifold design plus carburetor revisions.
Intake manifold redesigned to give equal length path to each cylinder.
Location of inlet and exhaust valves interchanged on middle cylinders of each block, placing inlet valves side by side at the center so that one leg of the inlet manifold can service both middle cylinders.
Exhaust manifold placed on top of the intake manifold, with single exhaust pipe to the rear.
Air filter added to intake muffler.
External tuning chamber on tail pipe.
Mechanical fuel pump replaces vacuum tank fuel feed.
Separate vacuum pump for wipers.
Oil filter mounted along left side of crankcase.
Increased capacity from battery and air cooled generator.
Manual advance on distributor eliminated.
Six point engine suspension (four corners of engine plus dual mount at rear of transmission).
Fan mounted closer to radiator.
Close fitting fan shroud adjustable and must be moved up or down on radiator as fan assembly is moved for adjustment of belt tension.
Radiator of full-bodied-fin construction.
Thermostat controlled shutters retained.
3404mm or 3556mm (3962mm Commercial Chassis)
7.00 x 17
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1932 Cadillac Roadster
Frame redesigned using more box construction and no front or rear tubular cross member.
Brake drums cast Molybdenum.
“Cardan” shaft replaced by cable control for front brakes.
“Full Range Ride control” by driver adjustment of shock absorber valves.
V-threaded spring shackle pins to control side play.
Wire wheels standard, with optional full chrome covers to simulate disc wheels.
Optional demountable wood wheels fit same hubs as wire wheels.
Selective synchro transmission
3 forward, 1 reverse
Left-hand drive, center controls (right-hand drive optional)
Twin disc clutch — selective vacuum-activation
3/4 floating rear axle
spiral bevel drive
Mechanical brakes on four wheels
381mm brake drums
Wire wheels (std), demountable wood (opt)
17 in. drop center
“Triple-Silent Synchro-Mesh” transmission by use of a constant-mesh helical gears with ground and lapped tooth profile for all forward gears.
Rear axle redesigned to be lighter and stronger, through the use of improved heat treatment.
Final drive ratios changed, but smaller tires give same net effect.
“Controlled Free Wheeling” used — vacuum assist on clutch, controlled by foot button. Depressing button releases clutch, releasing button or depressing accelerator re-engages clutch.
Heron or Goddess
Price on application
Full covers for wire wheels
6 wire wheels with fender wells and trunk rack
5 demountable wood wheels
6 demountable wood wheels with wells and rack
Colored fender set
1932 Cadillac Notes
The 1932 models were introduced January, 1932
Model year production of V-8: 2693
Model year production of V-12: 1709
Model year production ov V-16: 296
The president and general manager was Lawrence P. Fisher
Ernest W. Seaholm was chief engineer
J. C. Chick was general sales manager
1932 Automotive Notes
Industry production dropped another million to 1,186,185 cars and 245,284 trucks
Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. was president of GM
Lammot du Pont was chairman of the board at GM
Ford introduces its 221-cid V-8(3.6 litre)
V-12 engines popular among upper level models: Auburn, Cadillac, Franklin, Lincoln, Packard, Pierce-Arrow
Studebaker introduces the Rockne
Hudson launches the Essex Terraplane
vacuum-actuated clutches appear on Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, and LaSalle
Most makes feature free-wheeling
Inside sunvisors become more popular than outside sunvisors
Automatic chokes appear on Oldsmobile and Packard
Fred Duesenberg (1876-1932) dies
Alexander Winton dies (a pioneer automaker with many innovative automobile patents)
Ray A. Graham (1887-1932) dies (with brothers Joseph and Robert known for the Graham-Paige cars)
Hugh Chalmers dies (founded Chalmers Motor Car Company)