Cadillac Series 70/75 8th Gen (1961-1965) Origin
The 8th generation of the Cadillac Series 70 is a remodeled version of the 7th gen in the series which was designed in 1959. It remained a model car until 1961 when the new 8th gen model was launched. The 8th generation of the Cadillac Series 70 had a new exterior design and its engineering was also remodeled. A new grille was placed inside the new Cadillac Series 70 model, which looked like it was slanting backward in the direction of the bumper and the lip of the hood. The grille was placed on the horizontal plane and in between the double headlamps.
The Cadillac Series 70 8th gen did not use the greenhouse design of windshields that the 7th generation of the series had. The large tailfin, introduced in the 7th gen Series 70, was not altered. The rear lamps were also left as they were. Another notable addition to the 8th gen Cadillac Series 70 was the trunk lock which could be activated using a remote control. Cadillac also allowed the 8th gen models to retain the ‘Series 75’ commercial name used for the 7th-generation models.
Cadillac Series 70/75 8th Gen (1961-1965) Overview
The predecessor of the 8th generation Cadillac Series 70 is identified as the 7th gen Cadillac Series 70. Despite the alterations made to the series in 1961, the 1962 version of the 8th gen model came with some other new designs of its own. The grille used for the 1962 models was flatter than the one in the 1961 model. The horizontal bar at the middle of the grille was also thicker than that of 1961, and it included a new cross-hatched insert that was more fragile. In addition, the 1962 model of the 8th gen Cadillac Series 70 came with a few alterations in the exterior design, which was more stylish and classy than the 1961 model.
The ribbed chrome trim panel in the 1961 model, placed right in the front of the wheel housing, was no longer available in the 1962 models. Instead, in the front of the wheel housing were cornering lamps. The identification badges for the front fender model and series were taken out. The parking lamps in the 1962 models were housed, and the end pieces of the front bumper were larger than those in the 1961 models. The lamps at the rear were also housed, having in the middle, an angled peak. New additions to the model include the defroster and heater, cornering lamps in the front of the car, and an outside rear-view mirror control with a remote, all of which were introduced in 1962.
Cadillac Series 70/75 8th Gen (1961-1965) Production
The 8th gen models got another facelift in 1963 with the redesign of the deck and hood lips. The tailfins of the model series were trimmed in 1963, and the sculpting of the body, which was a characteristic feature of the 1961 and 1962 models, was also removed. The models were further remodeled in 1964 and 1965 and were succeeded by the 9th gen Cadillac Series 70, which was built between the model years, 1966 to 1970.
There isn’t enough information to tell us how many units of the 8th gen Cadillac Series 70 were produced between 1961 and 1965. However, 8th-gen models used the 390 cu in (6.4 L) OHV V8 engine like the 7th-gen models with an addition of a 429 cu in (7.0 L) OHV V8 engine which was introduced in the 1964 8th-gen models.
Cadillac Series 70/75 8th Gen (1961-1965) Price
Although I said that I would mention all the major details of the 8th gen of the Cadillac Series 70 at the beginning of this video, I’m sorry to say that the initial prices for the 8th gen models are unknown. However, since they are not luxury cars, they wouldn’t have been very expensive when they were produced.
Cadillac used the FR layout and the D-body platform from the 7th gen Cadillac Series 70 in the 8th gen models, and only sedans and limousines characterized them. The current average price of the 1961 Cadillac Series 70 is $51,637.