Series 62 Cadillac History 1961

Series 62 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 (i.e., 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

Standard equipment on base 6200 models included

  • power brakes
  • power steering
  • automatic transmission
  • dual backup lights
  • windshield washer and dual speed wipers
  • wheel discs
  • plain fender skirts
  • outside rear view mirror
  • vanity mirror
  • oil filter

Rubberized front and rear coil springs replaced the trouble prone air suspension system. Wheelbases were decreased on most models. Four-barrel induction systems were now the sole power choice and dual exhausts were no longer available. Series designation trim appeared on the front fenders.


  • 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
61-62A 6239A

4-door 4-window Sedan

6 $5080 2118 kg 4,700
61-62K 6229K

4-door 6-window Sedan

6 $5080 2127 kg 26,216
61-62G 6237G

2-door Hardtop Coupe

6 $5892 2073 kg 16,005
61-62F 6267F


6 $5455 2145 kg 15,500

NOTE: All 6200 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 62 $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 62 $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