1954 Cadillac Fact Sheet

1954 Cadillac Facts, Figures, and Specifications

Many styling improvements were found on the 1954 Cadillac. Among the most notable were a lower,
sleeker body, a cellular grille insert,  squared-off fins, and tapered, bullet-style front bumper guards.

Big Changes in
Styling – and More

Grille, hood, taillights, chrome, windshield, rear windows, almost everything was changed for 1954 – even the fins. The Eldorado was now a special Series 62 model, and was no longer custom-built.

General Year Information – 1954 Cadillac

There were many appearance improvements in the 1954 Cadillacs. They included a lower, sleeker body, a new cellular grille insert, inverted gull-wing front bumpers, and tapered “Dagmar” style bumper guards. Round, jet-style dual exhaust outlets were incorporated into the vertical bumper extensions, and the rear bumper was entirely redesigned.

An Eldorado-type wraparound windshield was seen on all models. Sedans used a distinctive type of window reveal molding which created a built-in sun visor effect. For coupes, a smoothly curved wraparound backlight was referred to as the ‘Florentine’ style rear window. A wide ventilator intake now stretched across the base of the windshield on all models, and the headlamps were chrome-visored.

Automatic windshield washers, Power steering, a 12-volt electrical system and aluminum alloy pistons were added to the standard standard equipment list for Cadillac in 1954.

1954 Cadillac – Factoids

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The Cadillac Park Avenue show car heralded the addition of the 1955 4-door hardtop Coupe DeVille, but it also paved the way for the Eldorado Brougham show car of 1955 that would lead to the actual 1957-58 Eldorado Brougham.


Two Fiberglass-bodied Cadillac show cars appeared at the GM Motorama this year – the El Camino coupe, and La Espada convertible. Both were built on the new Corvette chassis, and were never meant for production, more to test styling ideas.

1954 Cadillac Facts – Models Offered

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Cadillac Series 62: The Series 62 chassis had a brand new, longer wheelbase of 129 inches. The 62 Series cars did not have rear fender louvers. V-shaped ornaments and Cadillac crests were used on the hood and the rear deck, and there was full-length body lower edge sill molding trim in bright metal. “Coupe DeVille” in script was placed on the rear corner pillars of the luxury hardtop, which also had even wider sill moldings. The Series 62 four-door sedan was now seven inches shorter than other models in this range.

A one-off creation by the Cadillac Styling Studio was an exclusive Sedan DeVille coded 6219SX. 



Series 60 Special: The Series 60 was essentially a Series 62 with the wheelbase stretch from 129 to 133 inches resulting in more rear sear leg room.  The stretch was evident in the louvers set at the bottom of the rear doors.

with the exception of the rear door louvers, al other identification and standard features were the same as the Series 62.


Series 75 Fleetwood. The Fleetwood “high headroom” sedan came as an eight-passenger limousine with driver’s partition or eight-passenger sedan without; however, both had “jump seats”. V-shaped ornaments appeared on the hood and rear deck with “Fleetwood” in script on the rear deck. Wheelbase increased to 149.8 inches. Styling changes were the same as on other lines.

Eldorado – Series 62 Special: The Eldorado convertible (model 6267SX) had gold crests centered directly behind the air-slot rear fender breaks and wide, fluted, lower rear body beauty panels, which were made of extruded aluminum. The Eldorado convertible had monogram plates on the doors, wire wheels, and custom interior trim with the Cadillac crest embossed on the seat bolsters.

They also appeared on a unique, one-of-a-kind Eldorado coupe built for the president of the Reynolds Aluminum Company.

1954 Cadillac Facts – Engines

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Cadillac V-8: Overhead valves. Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 331 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.8125″ x 3.625″. Horsepower: 230 @ 4400 RPM. Torque: 330 ft. lbs. @ 2700 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 269°, Exhaust 270°, Overlap 49°, Lift (Intake) 0.365″ (Exhaust) 0.365″.  Compression ratio: 8.25:1. Carburetor: Carter WCFB four-barrel Models 2109S also 2143S, and 2110S. Also fitted: Rochester 4GC four-barrel (with Air Conditioning) Model 7006963; (without Air Conditioning) Model 7006962

1954 Cadillac Facts – Chassis Features

    • Wheelbase: Series 62 129.0″, Series 60S 133.0″, Series 75 149.8″ The commercial Series 75 chassis utilized a 158″ wheelbase. This was for funeral cars, ambulances, etc.
    • Overall length: Series 62 Sedan 216.4″, All other Series 62 223.4″ Series 60S 227.4″, Series 75 231.7″
    • Front tread: All – 60.0″. Rear tread: All – 63.1″.
    • Standard Tires: Series 75 8.20 x 15, Eldorado 8.20 x 15 whitewalls, All Others 8.00 x 15.
    • Optional tires: Series 60 and 62, except 6267S 8.20 x 15 whitewall.

1954 Cadillac Facts – Power Train Options

  • Transmission:
    • Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was standard except on Series 75.
    • Dual exhaust system standard.
  • Transmission Ratios:
    • Dual Range Hydra-matic: 1st: 3.89:1, 2nd: 2.634:1, 3rd: 1.450:1, 4th: 1.00:1,  Reverse: 4.304:1
    • Three Speed Manual: 1st: 2.39:1, 2nd: 1.53:1, 3rd: 1.00:1, Reverse: 4.304:1  (Discontinued Mid-Year)
  • Rear Axle:
    • Standard 3.07:1
    • Optional without air conditioning 3.36:1
    • Standard with air conditioning 3.36:1.

1954 Cadillac Facts –
Body Paint Color Codes

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1954 Cadillac

  1 Black
  2 Newport Blue
  3 Viking Blue
  4 Iris
  6 Cobalt Blue
  7 Shoal Green
  8 Biscay Green
  9 Arlington Green
  10 Cabot Gray
  12 Gander Gray
  13 Russet Maroon
  14 Driftwood
  16 Apollo Gold
  17 Aztec Red
  18 Alpine White
  19 Azure Blue
  10Y Norman Gray

1954 Cadillac Facts –
Significant Options/Accessories

    • Autronic Eye Automatic headlamp beam control
    • Chrome wire wheels
    • Electric clock.
    • Fold-down tissue dispenser.
    • Handy mats.
    • Handy spot.
    • Heating and ventilation system
    • Hydra-Matic drive on Series 75
    • Hydraulic window lifts Series 62 models except Convertible & Coupe DeVille.
    • Instrument panel, safety padded.
    • License frames.
    • Outside rear view mirror, left-hand remote control
    • Outside rear view mirror, right-hand
    • Power Brakes
    • Power steering
    • Radio, remote control, signal-seeking with preselector and antenna ($214). White sidewall tires x5 ($48 exchange).
    • Radio, signal-seeking with preselector and antenna
    • Tinted E-Z-Eye glass
    • Tool kit.
    • Windshield washer.

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