Deville Cadillac History 1961

 Deville Cadillac Models & History 1961

Cadillacswere 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.

1961 Cadillac

The DeVille models were retained as the 63 sub-series (which was technically part of the Sixty-Two line), but the Eldorado Seville and Brougham were dropped. This moved the Eldorado Biarritz convertible into the DeVille sub-series.

1961 Cadillac

DeVille models featured front fender series designation scripts and a lower body “skeg” trimmed with a thin three-quarter length spear molding running from behind the front wheel opening to the rear of the car. Standard equipment was the same used on 6200 models plus Two-way power seat and power windows. The Biarritz convertible also had power vent windows, whitewall tires, Six-Way power bench seat (or bucket seats) and remote control trunk lock. The new short-deck four-door hardtop appeared in mid-season and is often referred to as the Town Sedan.


  • Motor serial numbers took the same form used in 1960
    • the first pair of symbols changed to “61” to indicate 1961 model year
    • the next symbol was a letter to indicate the model as listed below
    • the next six numbers indicated the consecutive unit number beginning with 000001
  • The serial number was located at the front of the lefthand frame side bar
  • Motor serial numbers again matched and were found on the center lefthand side of the block above the oil pan
  • The alphabetical code “C” identified the new Series 6300 short-deck sedan


Model No. Style No. Body Type Seat Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
61-93B 6339B

4-door 4-window Sedan

6 $5498 2143 kg 4,847
61-63L 6329L

4-door 6-window Sedan

6 $5498 2141 kg 26,415
61-63C 6399C

4-door Town Sedan

6 $5498 2123 kg 3,756
61-63J 6337J

2-door Hardtop Coupe

6 $5252 2089 kg 20,156


  • The Style Number 6399C Town Sedan was the short-deck four-window pillarless hardtop sedan introduced at mid-year.
  • The Style Number 6337J was the Coupe DeVille.
  • All 6300 sedans were pillarless hardtop sedans.


Type V-8 – Overhead valves
Block Cast iron block
Displacement 6.384 Liters
Bore and stroke 101.6mm x 98.4mm
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Brake horsepower 325 hp @ 4800 rpm
Power 242 kW @ 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 3289mm 5639mm 8.00 x 15 Single
Deville 3289mm 5639mm 8.00 x 15 Single
Deville Town Sedan 3289mm 5461mm 8.00 x 15 Single


Air conditioning Series 63 $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 63 $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 sidewall 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