Chassis No. 8343568
Bronze with red interior
Engine: V-8, 346.3ci, 150bhp at 3,400rpm; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear; Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive.
The Cadillac Motor Car Company came out of the ambition of Henry Martin Leland, born in 1843. Leland was an engineering purist like Henry Royce, and when he rescued the Detroit Motor Company in 1902 he wanted to build quality cars. He called the company Cadillac after an early French explorer of the Midwest. In 1908 the company became part of General Motors.
From the outset, the first V-8 engined Cadillac, introduced in 1915, captured a significant portion of the luxury car market. Cadillac claimed the engine had 'liquid smoothness', and the simple and powerful side valve V-8 is undeniably one of the most significant designs in the history of the motor car.
By 1941 Cadillac had perfected the V-8 engine so that it was deemed worthy to replace the almighty V-16. There were also dramatic styling changes that make the '41 Series 62 highly sought after by collectors: the headlights were built into the fenders, triple chrome spears were added at the rear of each fender and the horizontal grille was added. The sharply raked V-windscreen and low roof line give this Convertible Coupe a customized racy appearance.
This particular car, finished in the unusual combination of bronze coachwork with red interior, was purchased by Mr. Brown in the late 1980s from Bohr's Automotive Restoration in Ashford, Alabama. While at Joe Bohr's shop, the 1941 Cadillac Convertible received a complete nut and bolt restoration. The frame off restoration included the removal and complete rebuild of the engine and the body was stripped to bare metal and resprayed with the Bronze paintwork it is now finished in. Though all the interior components were completely removed during the restoration, it would appear that much of the car's interior, such as the door panels and seats, was not restored. It is reported that the Cadillac is in running order and pictures of the car throughout the restoration are available for examination.
The 1941 Cadillacs are viewed by enthusiasts as among the prettiest designs from the late classic car era. They are considered Full Classics by the CCCA and make for wonderful long distance touring cars suitable for many classic car events.


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