Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.
1949 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
The 1949 Cadillac Coupe DeVille brought many “firsts” to General Motors. The ’49 CDV was the first V8 Cadillac to achieve 160 horsepower with the first new post-war Cadillac engine, which features wedge-shaped combustion chambers and advanced “slipper” pistons. The engine is not only smaller, it runs cooler than the previous L-head design and could use the new post-war higher-octane fuels. Looking slightly ahead of its time, this 1949 Coupe DeVille foretold the “Jet Age” of streamlined design, and was also Motor Trend magazine’s very first “Car of the Year” — a well-deserved honor.

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5 thoughts on “Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

  1. Great rendition — especially of the Cadillacs. When will we ever see another Cadillac to rival those shown here? We need a new icon without worrying about fuel efficiency and “organic” greenness.

  2. A bright red Cadillac convertible was my ideal car when I was a kid and it still is. They don’t make such gorgeous cars any longer.

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