AJ's Car of the Day '62 Cadillac Sedan De Ville

Car: Cadillac Sedan DeVille

Year: 1962

What makes it special: Cadillac continued to list its premium Series 62 hardtops as "de Ville" models through 1964. Sedan de Villes were offered in four-window and six-window models, with the four-window editions featuring especially attractive rooflines. 1962 models were readily distinguished by their more formal rooflines.

What made it famous: A mild face lift characterized Cadillac styling for 1962. A flatter grille with a thicker horizontal center bar and more delicate cross-hatched insert appeared. Ribbed chrome trim panel were replaced with cornering lamps and front fender model and series identification badges were eliminated. More massive front bumper end pieces appeared and housed rectangular parking lamps. At the rear tail lamps were now housed in vertical nacelles designed with an angled peak at the center. A vertically ribbed rear beauty panel appeared on the deck lid latch panel. Cadillac script also appeared on the lower left side of the radiator grille. Standard equipment included all of last year’s equipment plus remote controlled outside rearview mirror, five tubeless black wall tires, heater and defroster and front cornering lamps. Power came from an 325hp, 390 4-barrel V8.

Why I would want one: It's pure class and styling from bumper to bumper.

Fun fact: The name "DeVille" is derived from the French de la ville or de ville meaning "of the town".