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Image: Front and rear views of the 1964 CadillacUnder the sleek hood of the completely restyled 1963 Cadillacs, a totally new V-8 engine debuted, the first new engine since 1949. This new engine was 50 pounds lighter than its predecessor, and produced 325 horsepower. Cadillac was the leader in the automotive industry at the number of air conditioning installations, and installed its 500,000th air conditioning system during the 1963 model year, the first manufacturer to accomplish this record.

The 1963 Cadillacs had crisp styling that shared none of the sculpturing used the previous two years. Broad, flat planes and clean lines set the pace for much of the sixties. The cross hatch grille featured a slim horizontal center bar that harkened back to the 1959 design, although much more subdued. The hood was chamfered at the leading edge, and projected forward past the grille. Round parking lights were centered below the dual headlamps, which rested in the forward edge of the front fenders.

The rear bumper featured vertical chrome ends that housed running, brake, and back-up lights, atop which were perched thin, vertical taillights set in the ends of the tail fins. The license plate was recessed in the center of the bumper, just below the deck lid.

A cross-grained vinyl roof option was offered on the Coupe deVille and Fleetwood Sixty Special models. Other new options introduced in 1963 include an AM-FM radio, six-position adjustable tilt steering wheel, and integrated heating and air conditioning controls.

Production set a new record for the second year in a row, with 163,174 cars built.

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