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1952 Cadillac

1952 Cadillac

This was Cadillac's fiftieth anniversary year. Only minor styling and trim changes were seen, but some were specially planned to commemorate the occasion. For example, the V-shaped hood and deck emblems were done as gold castings. The Series 62 sedan was also characterized by a distinct, higher rear deck lid contour. This provided additional luggage space. Backup lights were standard equipment and were now incorporated in the taillights. The grille wraparound panels were redesigned once again. They now had broad chrome trim below each headlight with side scoop styling and a gold-colored winged emblem mounted in the center. At the rear, all models adopted a new Cadillac trademark, a through-the-bumper dual exhaust system. Deck ornamentation varied by series and, on 62s, took the form of a Cadillac crest over a broad golden 'V'.

The Coupe DeVille again had a script nameplate on the rear roof pillar. New standards included self-winding clocks, dual-range Hydra-Matic drive, improved direction signal indicators, glare-proof mirrors, stannate treated pistons, four-barrel carburetion and all other features seen the year before. Hydraulic window lifts remained as regular equipment on convertibles and Coupe De Villes.


  • 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 '52- or 1952.
  • The next two symbols indicated the series as follows: '62', '60S' or '75'.
  • 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 NumberBody StyleDoorsModelSeatPriceWeightProduction Total
52-6262194-doorSedan5$36361887 kg42,625
52-6262372-doorClub Coupe5$35421897 kg10,065
52-62 6237DXCoupe DeVille5$39621911 kg11,165
52-62 6267XConvertible Coupe5$41102009 kg6,400


TypeV-8 Overhead valves.
BlockCast iron block.
Displacement5.425 Liter
Bore and stroke96.8mm x 92.1mm
Compression ratio7.50:1.
Horsepower190 @ 4000 rpm
Power142 kW @ 4000 rpm
BearingsFive main bearings.
Valve liftersHydraulic valve lifters.
CarburetorCarter WFCB four-barrel Model 896S - also - Rochester 4GC four-barrel 7004500.


ModelWheelbaseOverall LengthFront TreadRear TreadTires
Series 62 Sedans3200mm5474mm1499mm1600mm8.00 x 15
Series 62 (all others)3200mm5093mm1499mm1600mm8.00 x 15
Dual ExhaustsStandard
Rear axle ratio3.07:1


Hydra-Matic drive on Series 75$186
Wheel discs$28
Windshield washer$11
Oil filter$11
Fog lamps$37
License frames$4
Outside mirror$6
Vanity mirror$2
E-Z-Eye glass$46
Heater and blower$114
Pushbutton radio and rear speaker$112
Signal-seeking radio and rear speaker$129
Power steering$198
Autronic Eye headlight beam control$53
White sidewall tires Series 62 and 60S$34
Automatic window regulators$139
Wheel trim rings$11


1952 Cadillac Notes

  • Cadillac had the most powerful engine in the American industry this year, 190 hp.
  • Don E. Ahrens was general manager
  • Charles F. Arnold was chief engineer
  • Edward Glowacke was chief designer (Cadillac Studio)
  • James M. Roche was general sales manager
  • The 1,300,000th Cadillac of all time was built.
  • Military orders for T41El Walker Bulldog tanks and T41 twin 40mm gun motor carriages were secured by the Division this year as part of the Korean war buildup.
  • Hydraulically controlled power seats were standard on Coupe DeVille.
  • Cadillac production figures
Series 6259,090 (decreased 12,513)
Coupe de Ville11,165 (increased 924)
Series 6016,110 (decreased 2,521)
Series 753,894 (decreased 1,271)