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|Cadillac Le Mans|
|Manufacturer||Cadillac (General Motors)|
|Assembly||Clark Street Assembly, Detroit|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door convertible|
|Related||Cadillac Series 62 Cadillac Eldorado convertible|
|Engine||331 cu in (5.4 l) V8 engine|
|Length||196 in (4,978 mm)|
The Cadillac Le Mans was a concept car designed by Harley Earl and developed by Cadillac. It was named for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, in which Cadillac competed in 1950. Displayed at the 1953 General Motors Motorama in New York City, the design was a low-profile (51 inches (1,300 mm) to the windshield frame),[ clarification needed ] two-seat, fiberglass-bodied roadster. This concept showcased Cadillac's first wrap-around windshield. It was powered by a 250 hp (186 kW) version of Cadillac's 331 cu in (5,420 cc) V8 engine, a power output not realized in production Cadillacs until 1955. The overall length of the Le Mans was 196 in (4,978 mm). Though four prototypes were built, the model never went into production.
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