29 April 2000
1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 DELUXE CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
COACHWORK BY FISHER
Chassis No. 8345148
Midnight blue with grey leather interior trimmed in blue
Engine: V8, 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 V8 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 V8 is undeniably one of the most significant designs in the history of the motor car.
By 1941 Cadillac had perfected the V8 engine to the point where it was deemed worthy to replace the almighty V16. There were also dramatic styling changes which have come to make the 1941 Series 62 highly sought after by collectors. Some of the wonderful period styling highpoints include the development of the recessed headlamps built into the fenders, the triple chrome spears at the rear of each fender and the lovely horizontal grille. The sharply raked V-windscreen and low roof line gave the Convertible Sedan a modern, racy appearance that was largely unparalleled by its competition.
The stunning example on offer here was purchased by the vendor out of the renowned Thomas Cadillac Collection in the early 1990s. After receiving his lovely Convertible Sedan, the new owner submitted the car for a thorough repaint in the tasteful midnight blue it is shown in now. We understand that since that time the Cadillac has been used sparingly and has been regularly maintained by his team of skilled professionals. The paint and brightwork appear excellent, while the dark grey leather, trimmed in blue is also in very presentable overall condition. The engine compartment and motor are reported to be in presentable overall order. This 1941 Cadillac Convertible Sedan is equipped with wide whitewall tires, rear fender skirts, a driver's side spotlamp and a heater and radio.
The 1941 Series 62 Cadillac Convertible Sedan is thought to be one of the most desirable Cadillac touring cars of the immediate pre-war era. It is considered a Full Classic by the CCCA and is therefore eligible for many of the tours and events throughout America. There are truly very few cars that compare to the 1941 Cadillac; their tasteful styling, distinctive grillework and chrome body treatment make them instantly recognizable, with the example on offer here undoubtedly being the most desirable body style to have been constructed by the American auto manufacturer that year.
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