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-147 Cadillac 62 (1962-69)

I think that the Cadillac is the Rolls Royce of the USA.

147 Cadillac 62 in DT catalogue 1967.

1961 CADILLAC SERIES 62 SEDAN

Logo of US automobile company Cadillac.

Wikipedia:

Cadillac is since 1909 a division of the American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) that designs and builds luxury vehicles. Its major markets are the United States, Canada, and China. Cadillac vehicles are distributed in 34 additional markets worldwide. Cadillac automobiles are at the top of the luxury field within the United States. In 2017, Cadillac's U.S. sales were 156,440 vehicles and its global sales were 356,467 vehicles.

Cadillac is among the first automobile brands in the world, second in the United States only to fellow GM marque Buick.

Founding

Cadillac was formed from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company. After a dispute between Henry Ford and his investors, Ford left the company along with several of his key partners in March 1902. Ford's financial backers William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen called in engineer Henry M. Leland of Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing Company to appraise the plant and equipment in preparation for liquidating the company's assets. Instead, Leland persuaded the pair to continue manufacturing automobiles using Leland's proven single-cylinder engine. A new company called the Cadillac Automobile Company was established on 22 August 1902, re-purposing the Henry Ford Company factory at Cass Street and Amsterdam Avenue. It was named after French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who had founded Detroit in 1701.

Statue of Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac in Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan

Cadillac Series 62:

The Cadillac Series 62 is a series of cars which was produced by Cadillac from 1940 through 1964. Originally designed to replace the entry level Series 65, it became the Cadillac Series 6200 in 1959, and remained that until it was renamed to Cadillac Calais for the 1965 model year. The Series 62 was also marketed as the Sixty-Two and the Series Sixty-Two.

It knew seven generations from 1940-1964.

First generation (1940-1941)

1940 Cadillac Series 62 2-door convertible

Second generation (1942-1947)

1946 Cadillac Series 62 coupe

Third generation (1948-1953)

1949 Cadillac Series 62 2-door coupe

Fourth generation (1954-1956)

1955 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe

Fifth generation (1957-1958)

1957 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville

Sixth generation (1959-1960)

1959 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe DeVille

Seventh generation (1961-1964)

1961 Cadillac Series 62 6-window sedan

1961 Cadillac brochure

Historical postcard Cadillac plant Detroit, Michigan. Year ??

Where are Cadillac Cars Built?

The parent company, General Motors (GM) runs many assembly plants all over the world that manufacture different vehicles across all of its lines. However, with the restructuring that began in 2009, only four car lines remain: Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC. Cadillac vehicles are only assembled at four factories out of GM's total of 90 remaining across the globe. This makes Cadillac by far GM's most exclusive brand.

* The Arlington Assembly plant, in Arlington, Texas builds the Cadillac Escalade SUV, and Escalade EXT SUV/Pick-Up truck. It was opened in 1953.

* The Bowling Green Assembly Plant, in Bowling Green, Kentucky builds the Cadillac XLR sports car, which rides on the same platform as the Chevrolet Corvette. It was opened in 1981.

* The Hamtramck Assembly Plant, in Hamtramck, Michigan builds the Cadillac DTS, formerly known as the DeVille, Cadillac's largest current production sedan. This plant was opened in 1985.

* The new Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan controls assembly of the CTS and STS sedans (and the future CTS Coupe), and the popular SRX, Cadillac's first crossover vehicle. It was opened in 2001.

Past models of Cadillac have been built at many other factories that have either been closed or retooled for production of other models. The above list covers all current year 2010 production vehicles in the Cadillac line-up.

Meccano Liverpool:

-147 Cadillac 62 on back page MM October 1962

Introduction -147 Cadillac 62 in MM October 1962

Introduction -147 Cadillac 62 in MM October 1962

-147 Cadillac 62 in DT catalogue 1967. Always issued and pictured in one colour.

My -147 Cadillac 62. The left end flaps of the box are missing.

Technical description of the Cadillac 62

My -147 Cadillac base with type 1 rivets

-147 Cadillac base with type 2 rivets

-147 with cream interior instead of red

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Jan Oldenhuis 14 June 2019

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A very attractive real-life car, but unfortunately not captured very well by Dinky, in my opinion. The upper half of the car seems too tall in relation to the lower half, ruining the proportions of the car.The wheels are also too far inboard, probably to allow for the steering action. I remember being really disappointed when this model came out - a factory owner in my town had a real one, which made a very strong impression on me as a youngster. Nevertheless, I have the civilian version, plus the USA and RCMP Police versions in my collection.

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Kevin. Indeed, the front wheels of the 147 Cadillac 62 are very far inwards compared to model 148 Ford Fairlane. I don't understand why this was done that way, because model 148 was issued earlier (January 1962) and model 147 only afterwards in October 1962. It looks like they have the same suspension with the same possibilities. So, why these differences? It seems to me that there is enough room to widen the track width of the 147 a little more. It looks like that when the track width are some widen the wheels will still stay free inside the fender and bumper when turn them out or in. I even think it will go smoother than.

Measurement shows the following:

147 Cadillac – width outside front wheels: 30 mm; width outside rear wheels: 30-31 mm. Width of the baseplate between the front wheels = 20 mm

148 Ford Fairlane - width outside front wheels: 34-35 mm; width outside rear wheels: 35-36 mm. Width of the baseplate between the front wheels = 21 mm

See pictures of the comparison of the bottom of both models on which the difference in width of the front wheels is clear to see.

What I also had not noticed before is that the red-yellow end-flap box has been issued in 2 versions; pictured with black tires and with white tires. This also corresponds to reality. Model 147 was first issued with black tires and then with white tires. It is very special that Meccano Liverpool has adjusted the box to this change, because many boxes have been issued with for instance wrong colors of the model, without correction.

Visipack export boxes have also been issued in yellow and gold. I could only find a photo of the yellow visipack box. Jacques Cd also shows the gold pack.

Jan Oldenhuis, 20 June 2019

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Regarding the Dinky 147 replica of the 1961 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan, I don't mean to "pile on" regarding how this model was crafted, but I have my own "complaints" about the casting to offer.  If you examine the rear tailfin, it appears that the start of the fin on the rear doors was molded taller than the point where the fin continues on the rear fender.  In other words, instead of a smooth incline, you have a step down where the fender fin starts resulting in the fin appearing to be out of alignment.  Also, what scale is this model?  On an over-all basis, the Dinky 147 Cadillac 62 appears to be rather under-sized when compared to comperable automobiles in the Dinky series (at least to me).  And I agree that the "greenhouse" appears to sit rather too tall and out of proportion to the model's body.  I am not a fan of the colors used by Dinky to paint this model.  I suppose the "polychromatic" paint was intended to convey a rather "rich" look to this luxury car, but the choice of colors is off.  It was painted polychromatic green and another version in blue.  In my opinion, the shades are just too close and don't stand out distinctively from each other.  Offering this model in silver or in white would have made the model stand out.  I do prefer the white interior over the red.  I have only seen the white interior with green exterior paint; does anyone have an example in blue with white interior?  One other thing, the 1963 Dinky catalog mistakenly illustrates Dinky 147 as a 1962 Cadillac 62; Dinky modelled the 1961 Cadillac 62 as Dinky 147.  Finally, I also agree that the model's wheel track is too narrow on this casting.  In summary, whoever oversaw the addition of this model to the Dinky product line unfortunately "botched" the assignment.  Dinky should have done much better with adding a 1960s era Cadillac to the series!

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Since the actual car is 5639mm in length, the Dinky appears to be approximately 1/50th scale. An odd choice for what ought to have been an impressve model.

I never noticed the issue of the tailfin being higher on the rear door than where it continues on the rear fender. But now that you have metioned it, I can't unsee it!

All in all, an unfortunate model, which also -- as has been said elsewhere -- was a spectacularly unrealistic choice to be turned into a police car.