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50s Cadillac ID Numbers

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  1. PinstriperGirl
    Joined: Jun 6, 2010
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    PinstriperGirl
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    from Michigan

    I used my car for an example because it falls in the middle of the 50s plus it’s my car and I am doing research on it anyway. You will find that many of the number sequencing on the body number plate will be the same or similar for most Cadillac’s 52-57. This information is from the Catalog of American Car ID Numbers 1950-1959. This is a great book that has been out of print for some time. The information is otherwise difficult to come by. I would be glad to help if someone needs to ID other American cars made in the 50s.



    VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER # 5662999999
    Located on a plate on the flat machined surface of a boss, cast on the right front face of the block, also on the right-hand frame bar just behind the engine support bracket, and on a lubrication plate attached to the left front body pillar. On coupe styles the lubrication plate is located on the left door lock pillar.
    FIRST AND SECOND DIGITS: Identify the model year (1956)
    THIRD AND FOURTH DIGITS: Identify the series

    SERIES WHEEL BASE CODE
    60s…………………………..........…133’………………………………………………..60
    62…………………….………...........129’……..………………………………………..62
    75………………………………..........150’………..……............................75
    86 Commercial Chassis………….158”………………………………………...…..86

    LAST SIX DIGITS: Represent the basic production sequence

    BODY NUMBER PLATE
    Located on the right side of the cowl, under the hood, just above the battery.
    CADILLAC MOTOR DIVISION
    GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
    DETROIT, MICHIGAN
    STYLE NO. 56-6239DX
    BODY NO. FW42563
    TRIM NO. 42 s
    PAINT NO. 26-90
    TOP oo ACC oo PH
    EXAMPLE:
    56…………………………………………………………………Model Year (1956)
    62…………………………………………………………………Series 62
    6239DX…………………………………………………………Deluxe Sedan DeVille, 4dr.
    FW42563……………………………………………………….Production Sequence
    42………………………………………………………………….Blue
    26-90…………………………………………………………….Cobalt Blue / Alpine White

    THE STYLE NUMBER
    Indicates the series and model type.

    SERIES 60S
    Body Type STYLE
    Fleetwood Sedan, 4-dr. ………………………………………………………..*6019X

    SERIES 62
    BODY TYPE STYLE

    Sedan, 4-dr. …………………………………………………………………………… 6219
    Coupe, 2-dr. ……………………………………………………………………………. 6237
    Deluxe Coupe DeVille, 2-dr. …………………………………………………….. *6237DX
    Eldorado Seville DeVille, 4-dr. ………………………………………………….. *6237SDX
    Deluxe Sedan DeVille, 4-dr. ………………………………………………………. *6239DX
    Convertible coupe, 2-dr. …………………………………………………………… *6267X
    Eldorado Biarritz Special Sport convertible, 2-dr. …………………….. *6267SX

    SERIES 75
    BODY TYPE STYLE

    Fleetwood sedan, 4-dr. ……………………………………… *7523X
    Fleetwood Imperial sedan, 4-dr. ……………………….. *7533X

    SERIES 86
    BODY TYPE STYLE

    Commercial chassis …………………………………………….. 8680S
    *With hydraulic window lifts

    THE BODY NUMBER is the production serial number of the body. The prefix denotes the plant in which the body was assembled.

    THE ASSEMBLY PLANT CODE indicates the plant where the vehicle was assembled. No assembly plant codes were available.

    THE TRIM CODE indicates the key to the trim color and material for each model series.

    SERIES 62
    COLOR..................CLOTH.............LEATHER..............CODE
    Black.................................................X......................11
    Black/White ........................................X......................10
    Blue/White..........................................X......................12
    Blue...................................................X......................13,73
    Green /White.......................................X......................16
    Green ................................................X......................17
    Red/White..........................................X......................18
    Red...................................................X......................19
    Gray/Gray...........................................X......................71
    Brown/Beige........................................X......................75
    Black/White .........X..............................X......................20,41,50
    Black..................X..............................X......................21
    Black/Blue...........X..............................X......................43
    Black/Yellow........X..............................X......................45
    Black/Green .........X..............................X......................47
    Black/Pink............X..............................X......................49
    Blue/White...........X..............................X......................22
    Blue....................X..............................X......................42,42A,42B
    Blue....................X..............................X......................53,73
    Turquoise/Black.....X..............................X......................23
    Beige...................X..............................X......................25,54
    Green/White..........X..............................X......................26,57
    Green ..................X..............................X......................46,77
    Red/White.............X..............................X......................28,48,58
    Red......................X..............................X......................29
    Gray/White............X..............................X......................40
    Gold/White.............X..............................X......................44
    Gray/Gray..............X..............................X......................51
    Gray/Gray..............X......................................................30
    Gray/White.............X......................................................31
    Blue/Blue................X......................................................32
    Blue/White..............X......................................................33
    Beige/Beige.............X......................................................34
    Green/Green............X......................................................36
    Green/White............X......................................................37

    SERIES 60S
    COLOR..............CLOTH................LEATHER..................CODE

    Gray/Gray...........X.....................................................60,61
    Blue/Blue............X.....................................................62,63
    Beige/Beige.........X......................................................64,65,95
    Green/Green........X......................................................66,67
    Gray/White..........X............................X........................70
    Blue/Blue.............X............................X........................72
    Gold/White...........X............................X........................74
    Green/Green.........X............................X........................76
    Gray.................................................X........................78
    Brown/Beige.......................................X........................79

    SERIES 75
    COLOR.............CLOTH.................................................CODE

    Gray/Gray...........X......................................................80, 80A, 81A
    Gray/Gray...........X......................................................81,90
    Gray/Gray...........X......................................................90A,91
    Blue/Blue............X......................................................82,83
    Beige/Beige.........X......................................................84A,85A
    Brown/Beige........X......................................................94A

    THE COLOR CODE indicates the paint color used on the car. Two-Tone colors: The first two digits identify the lower color, the second two digits identify the upper color.
    COLOR...................................................CODE
    Black...........................................................10
    Canyon Gray.................................................12
    Cascade Gray................................................14
    Dawn Gray....................................................16
    Camelot Gray.................................................18
    Sonic Blue.....................................................20
    Tahoe Blue....................................................24
    Cobalt Blue....................................................26
    Duchess Green...............................................30
    Princess Green...............................................32
    Aquamarine...................................................34
    Arlington Green..............................................36
    Cape Ivory....................................................40
    Goddess Gold.................................................42
    Pecos Beige...................................................44
    Mountain Laurel..............................................46
    Taupe..........................................................48
    Mandan Red..................................................50
    Chantilly Maroon............................................52
    Alpine White..................................................90
    Starlight Silver...............................................92
    O.A. Starlight Silver.......................................*93
    Bahama Blue..................................................94
    O.A. Bahama Blue...........................................*95
    Emerald Green.................................................96
    O.A. Emerald Green.........................................*97
    *Acrylic Paint

    CONVERTIBLE TOP COLORS
    COLOR.....................................................CODE

    Ivory............................................................1
    Black............................................................2
    Blue..............................................................3
    Tan..............................................................4
    Green............................................................5

    ACCESSORY CODES
    ACCESSORY.....................................................CODE

    E Z eye glass......................................................E
    Heater...............................................................H
    Air conditioner (w/shelf outlet)...............................K
    Air conditioner (w/roof ducts)................................K2
    Power lid............................................................S
    ELECTRIC 6-WAY CONTROL SEAT...........................V , Y
    Electric window lifts..............................................X


    ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS
    THE ENGINE NUMBER is located on the upper right front corner of the block. The number is the dame as the serial number. The engine unit number is located above the cast rib on the rear portion of the crankcase, behind the left hand block.
    SERIES ENGINE UNIT NUMBER
    56-60S,62,75, w/o AC/Dual carbs 4X
    56-60S,62,75, w/ AC, w/o Dual carbs 4XK
    56-86, w/o AC/Dual carbs 5X
    56-86, w/AC, w/o Dual carbs 5XK
    56-60S, 62, w/Dual carbs, w/o AC 7X
    56-60S, 62, w/Dual carbs/AC 7XK

    SERIES 60S
    ENGINE CODE NO. CYL. 8 CID 365 HORSEPOWER 285 COMP. RATIO 9.75:1 CARB 4bc

    SERIES 62
    ENGINE CODE NO. CYL. 8 CID 365 HORSEPOWER 285 COMP. RATIO 9.75:1 CARB 4bc

    SERIES 62 ELDORADO
    ENGINE CODE NO. CYL. 8 CID 365 HORSEPOWER 305 COMP. RATIO 9.75:1 CARB 2X4bc

    SERIES 75
    ENGINE CODE NO. CYL. 8 CID 365 HORSEPOWER 285 COMP. RATIO 9.75:1 CARB 4bc
     
  2. Great work! Thanks!
     
  3. Ester Eddie
    Joined: Feb 26, 2012
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    Ester Eddie
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    from Alaska

  4. dangulo
    Joined: Feb 11, 2012
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    dangulo
    Member

    Thanks for the info.
     

  5. PinstriperGirl
    Joined: Jun 6, 2010
    Posts: 24

    PinstriperGirl
    Member
    from Michigan

    No problem hope it helps you all :)
     
  6. wow...now that's a nice post !....and yes those "Standard" catologs are a great source....they did early 1900's to 1945...1946 to 1975 and 75 up....they also did one for trucks about 1900 up into the 80's....all great books to have...

    down here we have a place called "Half Price Books" where you can find some good stuff....

    bought most of mine from a Barnes and Knoble...

    thanks for posting....
     
  7. This is all so helpful. We are new to owning an "old" car. I do have a question:
    Our paint # says 42-90 Does that mean that inside was painted Goddess Gold and the top was Alpine white?

    This is how it reads

    Trim #44
    Paint # 42-90

    How do I also find out about what interior the car would have originally had?

    TYIA
     
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,288

    squirrel
    Member

    Trim #44 is shown above as Gold/White for 1956 series 62.

    With two tone paint, the first number is the lower color, the second is the upper color. So it would be gold body with white roof.
     

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