Thebig news at Cadillac in 1949 centered on engineering, with the release of a new overhead valve V-8 engine. Only minor appearance changes were seen. They included a more massive grille treatment with grooved extension panels housing the front parking lights and chevron slashes below the taillamps on Series 61 coupes. Once again, the cars in this line lacked front fender gravel shields and rocker panel moldings and had plainer interior trims. A larger luggage compartment lid was seen on all sedans, except very early production units. Standard equipment now included twin backup lamps mounted on the deck lid latch panel.
1949 Cadillac 2-door
SERIES 61 I. D. NUMBERS
Cadillac serial numbers again matched motor numbers.
They appeared stamped on a boss at the front right-hand face of the engine block and on the right frame side member behind the motor support.
Motor serial numbers 496100000 to 496192552 were used on 1949 Series 61 models.