V8 Cadillac Models & History 1936

MODELS 36-70 & 36-75 V-8 CYLINDERS

Thoughnot the best seller in 1936, the Series 36-70 and 36-75 were the basic Cadillacs. Lower priced LaSalles and Series 60’s were better sellers; V-12’s and V-16’s were better cars; but the 5.678 Liter V-8’s were the ones which survived to form the main source of Cadillac business for years to come.

Features on Models 36-70 and 36-70 included:

  • The bodies were all Vee windshield styles by Fleetwood.
  • A narrower radiator shell supported the new louver-style “Convex Vee” grill.
  • Headlights were mounted on the radiator shell; parking lights were inside the headlights.
  • Front fenders were new, with a crease along the center line.
  • Cowl vent was changed back to opening forward.
  • Built in trunks on “Touring” styles, Town Sedans, and Convertibles Sedans.
  • Stationary and Convertible Coupes had rumble seats plus a separate door for the spare tire at the extreme rear of the deck.
  • All bodies now used the all steel Turret Top.



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1936 Cadillac Fleetwood

  • Engine numbers were on top of the crankcase, just behind the fan support.
  • Starting: 3110001.
  • Ending: 3115248.


Series 36-70 Fleetwood 231 in. Wheelbase
Style Number Style Seating Price Weight
36-7057 Coupe 2 $2595 2100 kg
36-7067 Convertible Coupe 2 $2695 2132 kg
36-7019 Transformable Sedan 5 $2445 2123 kg
36-7029 Convertible Sedan 5 $2745 2141 kg


Fleetwood Series 36-75 138 in. wheelbase
Style Number Style Seating Price Weight
36-7509 Sedan 5 $2645 2184 kg
36-7519 Transformable Sedan 5 $2645 2184 kg
36-7509F Formal Sedan 5 $3395 2184 kg
36-7529 Convertible Sedan 5 $3395 2291 kg
36-7539 Town Sedan 5 $3145 2200 kg
36-7503 Sedan 7 $2795 2220 kg
36-7513 Imperial Sedan 7 $2995 2293 kg
36-7523 Transformable Sedan 7 $2795 2220 kg
36-7533 Imperial Transformable Sedan 7 $2995 2293 kg
36-7543 Town Car 7 $4445 2325 kg


Fleetwood Commercial Cars
Style Number Style Seating Price Weight
36-7503L Commercial Sedan 7 $2695
36-7513L Commercial Imperial Sedan 7 $2865
36-7523L Commercial Transformable Sedan 7 $2695
36-7533L Commercial Imperial Transformable Sedan 7 $2865


Type Ninety degree, L-head.
Cylinders Eight Cylinders.
Block Cast iron block (blocks cast enbloc with crankcase).
Bore & Stroke 88.9mm x 114.3mm
Displacement 5.678 Liters
Compression Ratio 6.25:1.
Brake Horsepower 135 hp @ 3400 rpm
Power 100.7 kW @ 3400 rpm
SAE/Taxable Horsepower 39.20.
Main bearings Three.
Valve lifters Hydraulic.
Carburetor Stromberg EE-25.
  • The Cadillac V-8 for 1915 got detachable cylinder heads for 1918, compensated crankshaft for 1924, side by side rods for 1928, and a complete replacement design for 1936.
  • The new engine, produced in two displacements, featured: Blocks and crankcase cast enbloc.
  • Water jacket full length of the cylinder bore, more rigid crankshaft with six counterweights.
  • New connecting rods with large ends split at an angle to allow for removal from top of engine.
  • Hydraulic valve silencers. New manifolding and downdraft carburetor.
  • Suction type crankcase ventilation (fumes taken out through exhaust system).
  • Simplified lubrication system (piping was only to hydraulic lifters).
  • Combination fuel and vacuum pump on front engine cover.
  • Starter on right hand side, in front of bell housing.
  • Generator serviced by removing panel under left front fender.
  • Pressure cap on radiator.


Feature Series 36-70 Series 36-75 Series 36-75 Commercial
Wheelbase 3327mm 3505mm 3962mm
Overall length 5239mm 5423mm
Height 1676mm – 1765mm 1748mm
Front Tread 1529mm 1529mm
Rear Tread 1537mm 1537mm
Tires 7.50 x 16 7.50 x 16
  • Two mufflers in series.
  • Battery under left side of front seat.
  • Double universal joint in steering shaft.
  • Single plate clutch.
  • Ride control discontinued, but ride stabilizer added at front.
  • First hydraulic brakes on a Cadillac (used on LaSalle two years earlier).


Transmission Selective, synchro transmission.
Speeds 3 Forward, 1 Reverse
Controls Left Hand Drive, center control, emergency lever at left under panel (rhd opt).
Clutch Single disc clutch.
Drive Shaft drive Hotchkiss.
Axle Semifloating rear axle
Drive Type spiral bevel drive.
Overall ratio for 36-70 4.55:1 std.; 4.3:1 opt.
Overall ratio for 36-75 4.60.1 std.; 4.3:1 opt.
Brakes Hydraulic brakes on four disc wheels.
Wheel size 16 in.



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1936 Cadillac Fleetwood