1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan

£51,949
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RM Sotheby's - St. John's

AUCTION

27th Jul 2013

AUCTION DATE

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan

LOT DESCRIPTION

£51,949

PRICE GBP
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$80,000

PRICE USD
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8346299

CHASSIS NUMBER

€ 60,332

PRICE EUR
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1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan

150 hp, 346 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, Hotchkiss semi-floating rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in. With LaSalle gone for 1941, Cadillac became a one-make, one-engine division of General Motors. For the first time since 1926, all Cadillac products used the same 346-cubic inch, L-head V-8 engine, producing 150 horsepower, with a semi-floating rear axle and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Cars came equipped with a three-speed synchro-mesh manual transmission, though the Oldsmobile Hydra-Matic automatic transmission (introduced in 1940) was offered as an option. It is thought by some that, aesthetically, this was a high point in Cadillac styling. Visually, the car is a masterpiece of subtle, flowing curves that began with a new-for-1941 bold and distinctive egg crate grille. The flat, chromed grille and domed hood dominate the styling, while two new concepts included an enclosed horizontal valance that enclosed the space between the body and the front bumper and the front fender wind-split creases that began at the headlamps and extended horizontally back along each side of the body. Fenders incorporated the headlights, keeping with the styling trends of the day. Rear-wheel shields, along with three horizontal chrome spears on front fenders, adorned most models. This would be Cadillac’s last convertible sedan, Style 41-6229D. Harley Earl was particularly smitten with the ’41 model; he even had one customized for his personal use. The artisans at Fleetwood and Fisher created the convertible sedan with modified C-type sedan sheet metal. The upper portion of the rear doors were shortened by seven inches, the rear quarters (above the dogleg) were extended seven inches and were buttressed with flat-bar steel to accommodate and support the top assembly, and the B- and C-pillars were supported by brawny, steel braces. Frames were substantially strengthened, and the windshields were three inches lower. Essentially, the convertible sedan was a semi-custom car. In the end, this was the rarest of Cadillac models for 1941, with just 400 produced for the model year. Finished in dark green with matching green/tan leather upholstery and interior trim, and with green carpets, this car is a CCCA Senior National First Prize and AACA National First Prize winner. Attesting to the quality of the older restoration, it scored 95 points in 2001 at the CCCA National Meet in Pennsylvania and 97 points at the National Meet in Indiana in 2003. The tan convertible top is piped with green, and the matching tan cloth boot is included, for stylish top-down motoring. It’s equipped with all the features that make the 1941 Cadillac so desirable: a vacuum-operated power top, heater, radio, defroster, clock, driver's remotely operated spotlight, and distinctive rear fender skirts emblazoned with the Cadillac logo. Subsequent to its show days, it has been used actively on CCCA CARavans and other tours, and it is equipped with both the three-speed manual transmission and modern whitewall radial tires, which improve roadability. Comprehensively restored and beautifully maintained, this is an excellent example of one of the most important design years in Cadillac history, and it is enhanced by the adaptability and utility of the rare four-door convertible sedan coachwork.

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