Cadillac styling was all new for 1941 and featured a lower, more modern, horizontal look with integrated headlights. The 41's were clean, elegant and made tasteful use of generous quantities of chrome trim and accents. Cadillac had established itself as the styling leader in the 1930's and continued to produce cars that featured inspired styling.
The 1941 Cadillac evolved themes first found on the landmark design on the 1938 Sixty-Special designed by famed GM designer Bill Mitchell. The 1941 was the first to use the famous Cadillac egg-crate grill; it also featured a 'coffin' style hood and integrated 'torpedo' styled body. This landmark year in Cadillac styling cemented Cadillac's role as an unquestioned advanced styling leader.
Among the most desirable of the 1941 Series 62's are the convertible coupes, and despite Cadillac reaching an all time sales high of 66,130 units, few remain of the 3,100 produced.
Making this example even more sought after is the rare $125 fully automatic transmission option, which was available for the first time ever on a luxury automobile. It is also equipped with a powered operated top which made use of a series of vacuum operated cylinders, a major improvement over the hand operated tops of the past.
1941 was a banner year for Cadillac with nineteen different models to offer, in six series. All of the series received new styling that set a pattern for Cadillac for years to come. They were available with Hydro-Matic transmissions for the first t [Read More...]
Cadillac Motor Car Company, of Detroit, MI, first produced cars in 1903. In 1915 Cadillac introduced the V-8 engine which has continued through to present day. The 346 cubic-inch engine was noted for its durability and used in tank engines during W [Read More...]
With the 1941 Cadillac, Harley Earl unquestionably established Cadillac as the American style leader. The bold and fresh styling made the 1941 a standout from its first showing. The smoothly sculpted body sparkled with chrome accents that enhanced [Read More...]
The Cadillac Series 62 had an independent front suspension with coil springs and semi-elliptic rear leaf springs. The 129-inch wheelbase used a channel-section X-frame setup. In the front was Cadillac's wide egg crate grille with outboard mounted h [Read More...]
1941 was considered a banner year for Cadillac. Styling was all-new, 19 different models were available, the first automatic transmission was offered and sales set records at over 66,000 cars. This was also the last year GM produced a convertible sed [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2014
Sold for $77,000 at 2011 Gooding & Company. The Cadillac Series 62 was introduced in 1941 and was available in a variety of body styles. This convertible has been given a comprehensive restoration which has earned it an AACA national Senior Award and a CCCA badge. The car is painted Ocean Blue [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2011
Lead by the design genius of Bill Mitchell, 1941 was a record year for Cadillac, with sales topping 66,000 units. The two passenger convertible coupes accounted for 3,100 of those units. The 4,035 pound vehicles were powered by Cadillac's 150 horsepo [Read More...]
Sold for $70,000 at 2013 RM Auctions. For 1941, Cadillac gave their Series 62 models a new and distinctive egg crate grille. They were given an enclosed horizontal valance that enclosed the space between the body and the front bumper. Another change was the front fender wind-split crease [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2013
With the Great Depression still exerting its grip on the economy and the prospect of war looking increasingly inevitable, America was understandably apprehensive in 1941. Nevertheless, the model year was Cadillac's best ever. Sales approached 60,000 [Read More...]
Sold for $82,500 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers. Cadillac concentrated on a single line of V8 engines for 1941 and removed both the lower-priced LaSalle and the super-luxury V16. 1941 was also the final year in which an open four-door convertible sedan model was offered, now with vacuum-assisted t [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | May 2009
1941 produced another record sales year for Cadillac; sales topped 66,000, exceeding any previous year by 20,000 units and trailing rival Packard by only 7,000 cars. However, of that record number, only 400 were model 62290, the convertible sedan. This is the last year that General Motors produced a convertible sedan in any of its model lines.
Priced at $1,965, and riding on a 126-inch wheelbase, this is the most expensive model in the Cadillac 62 Series. All 1941 Cadillac's were powered by a 346 cubic inch V8, with increased compression, that produced 150 horsepower. New for 1940, was Cadillac's use of the fully shiftless Hydra-Matic transmission. The Hydra-Matic, originally developed by Oldsmobile in 1939, became a staple of the line until 1949. This combination produces a 0-60 mph time of 14 seconds and a top speed of approximately 100 mph.
In addition to the more complex egg crate grill and larger taillights that concealed the fuel filler, this car is equipped with two rare options, running boards and a two-toned leather interior.
Sold for $126,500 at 2006 RM Auctions. Sold for $110,000 at 2011 Gooding & Company. The 1941 Cadillac Convertible coupe is one of the most desired Cadillac's ever built; few of the 3,100 manufactured remain today. Buyers at the time would walk right by a Rolls-Royce or Mercedes-Benz - or a Packard - if they could have a Cadillac in [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
There had never been am American car like the 1941 Cadillac. Its smooth streamlined styling was both austere and audacious at the same time. Stylist Art Ross is credited with the car's broadly rectangular 'egg-crate' grille that has helped define t [Read More...]
High bid of $34,000 at 2008 RM Auctions. (did not sell) This 1941 Cadillac Series 62 two-door Coupe is painted in two-tone grey complemented by bright-work and a set of period correct wide whitewall tires mounted on painted steel wheels with chrome-plated hubcaps and trim rings. The interior dash has a w [Read More...]
Touring Sedan Coachwork: Fisher Chassis Num: 8341103 Engine Num: 203
Sold for $25,300 at 2013 RM Auctions. Sold for $33,000 at 2015 Mecum. This Five-Passenger Touring Sedan has been heavily optioned with dual spotlights, wide whitewalls, wheel trim rings, accessory bumper guards, fender skirts, a dashboard radio, and a fresh-air hot-water heater. It has a three-speed manual transmission [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2013
This 1941 Cadillac Series 6227 Coupe is one of 1,985 of this series produced. It had an initial base price of $1,420 and wears a body by Fischer. Cadillac production in 1941 reflected a fresh design over the entire automobile line. Several 'firsts' w [Read More...]
Convertible Coupe Deluxe Coachwork: Fisher Engine Num: 8345201
Sold for $77,000 at 2014 RM Auctions. This Convertible Coupe wears an older restoration that is finished in black with a red leather interior. The car is equipped with the Hydra-Matic, in its first year of offering, as well as an AM radio and power top. The engine is a 90-degree L-head V [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
Convertible Coupe Deluxe Coachwork: Fisher Engine Num: 8348371
Sold for $84,700 at 2006 RM Auctions. Sold for $82,500 at 2015 RM Auctions. Sold for $49,500 at 2015 RM Auctions. This Series 62 Convertible Coupe wears an older professional restoration that was finished in burgundy with matching leather interior. It has a correct tan Haartz cloth top, a three-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, Hotchkiss semi-floating re [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015
The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 was a very large vehicle that featured a large, 6,390 cc (390 cubic inch) V-8 engine. The back had large fins that did little for performance and handling but was all about the style of the vehicle. The design of the vehicle was inspired by the space program and the era of jet engines. The large, 4400 lb car was fitted with drum brakes. These often wore out quickly. If a U-turn needed to be made, the driver would need a parking lot. The turning radius was 24 feet.
The name 'DeVille' would first be used in 1949 on the Coupe De Ville, and later on the 1956 Sedan deVille. The 1942, 1946 and 1947 versions were similar; they were completely different from the 1941 bodystyles.
The car was a luxury vehicle that could carry six individuals comfortably. The car was a convertible with the top being raised and lowered automatically. The interior had electrical gauges. The head lights would turn on at dusk and were also capable of switching from high beam to low beam when they sensed oncoming traffic. In total, there were eight lights on the front of the vehicle. The four on the top were the driving lights while the lights mounted on the bumper were the parking lamps. To add to the driving comfort, air suspension was used. This aided in providing a very soft ride but there was significant body roll when cornering. With the V8, it was capable of creeping to sixty in 11 seconds. This reinforced the notion that this Cadillac was built for comfort and not for speed. The drivers enjoyed the ride and they looked good cruising along, enjoying the large open road. By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2008
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