Fleetwood Cadillac History 1953

Fleetwood Cadillac Models & History 1953

Eightvertical louvers on the lower rear fenders directly behind the fender breakline once again characterized the widedoor Cadillac sedan. This model was also distinguished by exclusive extra-wide full-length chrome underscores and a Fleetwood insignia on the rear deck lid.


  • 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 “53” for 1953.
  • The next two symbols indicated the series as follows:
    • “62” = Series 62 (including Eldorado)
    • “60” = Series Sixty Special Fleetwood
    • “75” = Series 75 Fleetwood
  • 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.


Model Number Body Style Doors Model Seat Price Weight Production Total
53-60 6019X 4-door Sedan 5 $4305 2426 kg 20,000


Type V-8 Overhead valves.
Block Cast iron block.
Displacement 5.425 Liters
Bore and stroke 96.8mm x 92.1mm
Compression ratio 8.25:1.
Brake horsepower 210 hp @ 4150 rpm
Power 157 kW @ 4150 rpm
Bearings Five main bearings
Valve lifters Hydraulic valve lifters.
  • with Hydra-Matic Transmission:
    Carter WCFB four-barrel Model 2005S
    also – Rochester 4GC four-barrel Model 7005100.
  • with Dynaflow Transmission:
    Carter WCFB four-barrel Models 2088S, 2119S, and 2119SA
    also – Rochester 4GC four-barrel Model 7006215.

NOTE: After the Hydra-Matic plant fire approximately 19,000 Cadillacs were sold with Buick Dynaflow transmission attachments. This was referred to as the “Twin Turbine” drive.


Wheelbase 3302mm
Overall length 5710mm
Tires 8.00 x 15
Dual exhaust system standard.
Rear axle ratios 3.07:1


Heating and ventilation system $199
Power steering $177
Signal-seeking radio with preselector and antenna $132
Remote control signal-seeking radio with preselector and antenna $214
Five white sidewall tires $48 exchange
Tinted E-Z-Eye glass $46
Autronic Eye Automatic headlamp beam control $53
Chrome wire wheels $325
Air conditioning $620


  • On August 12, a fire at the Hydra-Matic transmission factory in Livonia, Mich. broke out and would bring a damaging halt to production within a week.
  • It was September 8 before Cadillacs began leaving the factory again.
  • 28000 Cadillacs were built with Buick Dynaflow transmission after GM’s Hydra-Matic plant burned to the ground.
  • Charles E. Arnold was chief engineer