No further evidence was needed of the American automobile industry's progress than in Cadillac's 1952 Golden Anniversary year. Car that started the Cadillac legacy was Henry Leland's Model A, a modestly priced single cylinder powered buggy created from the ashes of the failed Henry Ford Company. Manufacture was based on Leland's insistence on quality and precise manufacture of every component, the first large scale application of interchangeable parts to automobile manufacture. Only fifty years later Cadillac's 1952 models featured a high compression overhead valve V-8 engine of 331 cubic inches and 190 horsepower, automatic transmissions, luxurious interiors with all-season weather protection and 100mph speed. It was nearly a quantum leap, accomplished within the lifetimes of the managers, designers, engineers and assembly line workers who built the 'Golden Anniversary' Cadillac’s. Cadillac concentrated on a single model range for 1952, the Series 62, plus Sixty Special Fleetwood sedans and a few Series 75 Fleetwood long wheelbase sedans. Power increased by 30 horsepower from 1952 with improved manifolding and four-barrel carburetion, the most powerful automobile built in America. All Cadillac Series 62s came with four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmissions and gold-tone emblems to celebrate the marque's anniversary. This 1952 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe is the top of Cadillac's Golden Anniversary year, a beautiful white convertible with red leather interior and red cloth top, fitted with power windows, radio, Autronic Eye headlight dinner, power top and completed with a chrome ring continental-style spare wheel and tire. It is a handsome driver with quality cosmetics and great eye appeal with the presence and confidence that symbolized America in the early Fifties.
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