Thiswas Cadillac’s fiftieth anniversary year. Only minor styling and trim changes were seen, but some were specially planned to commemorate the occasion. For example, the V-shaped hood and deck emblems were done as gold castings. The Series 62 sedan was also characterized by a distinct, higher rear deck lid contour. This provided additional luggage space. Backup lights were standard equipment and were now incorporated in the taillights. The grille wraparound panels were redesigned once again. They now had broad chrome trim below each headlight with side scoop styling and a gold-colored winged emblem mounted in the center. At the rear, all models adopted a new Cadillac trademark, a through-the-bumper dual exhaust system. Deck ornamentation varied by series and, on 62s, took the form of a Cadillac crest over a broad golden ‘V’.
The Coupe DeVille again had a script nameplate on the rear roof pillar. New standards included self-winding clocks, dual-range Hydra-Matic drive, improved direction signal indicators, glare-proof mirrors, stannate treated pistons, four-barrel carburetion and all other features seen the year before. Hydraulic window lifts remained as regular equipment on convertibles and Coupe De Villes.
I. D. NUMBERS
Serial numbers and engine numbers were again one and the same.
They appeared on the right-hand side of the crankcase above the water pump and on the right frame side bar behind the engine support.
The first two symbols were ’52- or 1952.
The next two symbols indicated the series as follows: ’62’, ’60S’ or ’75’.
The remaining digits represented the consecutive unit number and began with 00000 for all series.
All series had the same ending number, which would be misinterpreted if listed.
V-8 Overhead valves.
Cast iron block.
Bore and stroke
96.8mm x 92.1mm
190 @ 4000 rpm
142 kW @ 4000 rpm
Five main bearings.
Hydraulic valve lifters.
Carter WFCB four-barrel Model 896S – also – Rochester 4GC four-barrel 7004500.
Series 62 Sedans
8.00 x 15
Series 62 (all others)
8.00 x 15
Rear axle ratio
Hydra-Matic drive on Series 75
Heater and blower
Pushbutton radio and rear speaker
Signal-seeking radio and rear speaker
Autronic Eye headlight beam control
White sidewall tires Series 62 and 60S
Automatic window regulators
Wheel trim rings
1952 Cadillac Notes
Cadillac had the most powerful engine in the American industry this year, 190 hp.
Don E. Ahrens was general manager
Charles F. Arnold was chief engineer
Edward Glowacke was chief designer (Cadillac Studio)
James M. Roche was general sales manager
The 1,300,000th Cadillac of all time was built.
Military orders for T41El Walker Bulldog tanks and T41 twin 40mm gun motor carriages were secured by the Division this year as part of the Korean war buildup.
Hydraulically controlled power seats were standard on Coupe DeVille.
Cadillac production figures
Series 6259,090 (decreased 12,513)
Coupe de Ville11,165 (increased 924)
Series 6016,110 (decreased 2,521)
Series 753,894 (decreased 1,271)
1952 Automotive Notes
Car sales reached 4.3 million, half have automatic transmission and one-third have V-8s
Charles E. Wilson was president of GM
Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. was chairman of the board at GM
Chrysler and GM make light modification, but Ford makes a complete restyle
Sears offers an Allstate which is a Henry J with new badging and grille
Buick offers power steering for $199 on the Roadmaster
Crosley merges with General Tire and Rubber
DeSoto gets a Firedome “Hemi” V-8 producing 160-bhp
Ford cars have “Power-Pivot” — a suspended set of brake and clutch pedals
Henry J Vagabond has a “continental” spare tire in the rear
Hudson introduces the Wasp
GM’s Hydra-Matic is now available in all models of Hudson
Marshall Teague wins 12 of 13 stock-car events drving the Hudson Hornet, they also win 27 NASCAR
Lincoln adds ball-joint front suspension
Lincoln has power steering and 4-way power seats as options
Lincolns take the top five spots in the 2000-mile Carrera Panamericana race
Pinin Farina redesigns the Nash
Packards finally get power brakes
James Nance is head of Packard
Plymouth and DeSoto feature overdrive transmission
Cadillac, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile install Dual-Range Hydra-Matic