1941 Cadillac Series 62 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Landmark Styling on a Rare Convertible Coupe
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 time. This lovely maroon convertible coupe was bodied by Fleetwood. It has a 349 cubic-inch V8 that produces 150 horsepower. The car has achieved AACA Senior National First Place status.
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 World War II. The body on this convertible coupe is by Fisher Body Company, established in 1908, which is best known by its carriage logo and 'Body by Fisher'. The 62 Series was available in a five-passenger touring sedan, four-passenger coupe, a convertible coupe, and a convertible sedan. This is a totally unrestored automobile with 61,000 miles from new. It was originally delivered to Seattle, WA.
The Depression was coming to a close as the US produced war materials for the rest of the world.
In 1941 GM restyled the 'C-Body' cars of Olds, Buick, and Cadillac to include more chrome accents on grills, hoods, bumpers and deck lids. These changes along with a greatly improved economy allowed Cadillac to set impressive sales records of 66,130 units. This sales record stood until 1949.
Cadillac only made 400 of these four door convertibles. Convertible Sedans would not again be marketed by General Motors.
Convertible Coupe Deluxe
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 its flowing lines. At the front, a domed hood capped a new 'egg-crate' grille - a design attribute that continues to signify Cadillac style and quality on even the newest models from GM's premier luxury division.
A total of 66,130 Cadillacs were sold for 1941, more than in any previous year.
The Cadillac Series 62 line consisted of just four models: Coupe, Sedan, Convertible Coupe and Convertible Sedan. Other 1941 Cadillacs included the new Series 61 fastback coupe and sedan styles, the 1941 version of the much coveted and often copied Sixty Special and the large Series 75 limousines. All were powered by a 150-horsepower L-head V8 displacing 346 cubic-inches. A General Motors 4-speed Hydra-Matic transmission was optional for the first time.
The Series 62 Convertible Coupe is one of the truly iconic cars of its era, although just 3,100 were originally built. The factory list price was $1,645.
This example was obtained by the collector owner in 1970 and kept in storage until 2007, when it was treated to a full restoration.
Convertible Coupe Deluxe
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 headlamps. The running boards were integrated into the body. The V8 engine displaced 346 cubic-inches and offered 150 horsepower. There was a Hydra-matic transmission which was introduced on this car.
In September of 1940, Cadillac introduced their series 62 at a base price of $1724.50.
The current owner of this Convertible purchased it many years ago and has used it as a daily driver for over 25 years. An extensive restoration was completed in 2009.
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 sedan of any kind. The brand enjoyed a solid reputation for being one of the best and most beautiful cars on the market. About 3,100 convertible coupes were built.
Having eliminated the V16 and given up on the LaSalle, Cadillac felt the need for only one engine, a 349 cubic-inch, overhead-valve V8 producing about 150 horsepower. The same engine continued in production during World War II and was used in tanks.
This 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe was sold new in New York. The owner's uncle acquired the car in the early 1970s, but after one year parked it in his garage for the next three decades. The current owner purchased this car in the early 2000s and did a frame-off restoration.
Among the features on this Cadillac are automatic transmission, leather interior, Cadillac spotlight, fog lights, back-up light and power convertible top. Running boards were now concealed.
The 1941 Cadillac had a massive front end with a dramatic horizontal eggcrate grille and integrated headlights. They were the first luxury marque to offer the Hydramatic automatic transmission and was also available with air conditioning for the first time.
The Series 62 rode on a 126-inch wheelbase and was powered by a 346 cubic-inch L-head V8 engine offering 150 horsepower. The convertible coupe sold for $1,645 and 3,1000 were sold.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 with matching blue upholstery with light brown carpeting that complements the Bakelite steering wheel and trompe l'oeil dashboard treatment.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $130,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $77,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.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 horsepower V8 and were priced at $1,645.
The owner spent six years restoring this Cadillac, completing the restoration in June of 2010. Since then, it has logged 3,000 miles. This car also has extra equipment, such as fog lights, backup lights, radio, windshield washer and day/night rear view mirror.
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 creases that began at the headlamps and extended horizontally back along each side of the body. The headlights were incorporated into the fenders. Most models received rear-wheel shields along with three horizontal chrome spears on the front fenders.
This would be Cadillac's last convertible sedan. The artisans at Fisher and Fleetwood created the convertible sedan by applying several modifications to the sedan. 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. In total, just 400 examples of the Convertible Sedan were produced in 1941.
This example is finished in dark green with matching green/tan leather upholstery and interior trim, and with green carpets. It is a CCCA Senior national First Prize and AACA National First Prize winner. It wears an older restoration which still shows well in modern times. The tan convertible top is piped with green, and there is a matching tan cloth boot. The car is equipped with a vacuum-operated power top, heater, radio, defroster, clock, driver's remotely operated spotlight, and the rear fender skirts emblazoned with the Cadillac logo. There is a three-speed manual transmission and whitewall radial tires.By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2013
Convertible Coupe Deluxe
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 cars, thanks in part to the sleeker styling that began appearing in 1939, and also to the 1940 demise of LaSalle, the GM luxury brand that overlapped Cadillac sales turf. Convertibles made up a small part of Cadillac's lineup - there were just two, both from the 62 Series - but they continued to be head-turners for the brand.
At some point after its April 1941 delivery to a Cincinnati dealer, the car was given a custom treatment that included a dip at the upper edge of the doors, a top modified to complement the door dip, the removal of the chrome spears adorning the body sides, and special paint. The current owner acquired the convertible from his father's estate in 2011, and is convinced that the custom treatment was the work of Howard A. 'Dutch' Darrin, one of the most famous of America's coachbuilders. In particular, the owner points out the interrupted line of the upper portion of the doors, a signature design element known as the 'Darrin Dip.' Unfortunately, the current owner has not been able to find any documentation to support the Darrin connection.
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 top operation.
There were only about 400 convertible sedans produced by Cadillac in 1941, out of over 24,000 Series 62 models built. Priced at $1,965, they were among the top of the Series 62 price range.
This 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Deluxe 8 Convertible Sedan (style 41-62290) was originally painted code 51 black and currently painted in maroon. There is a tan leather upholstery with matching door panels. The odometer shows just 82 miles, likely since the restoration. It is well equipped with a clock and radio.
In 2009, this Deluxe 8 Convertible Sedan was offered for sale at the Houston Classic Auction in Seabrook, Texas, presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. The lot was estimated to sell for $85,000 - $100,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the lot had sold to a phone bidder for the sum of $75,000, plus buyer's premium.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 instead. Indeed, Cadillac boasted in 1941 that 'In the field above two-thousand dollars, approximately two-thirds of all motorists make Cadillac their choice.' Buyers knew that Cadillac was a solid, reliable and beautiful car that would arouse the envy of their neighbors - and it was American in the best sense of the word.
It has been said that esthetically Cadillac was to 1941, what Cord was to 1936 and Duesenberg to 1929. (Roy A Schneider, Cadillac of the Forbes, published by Cadillac Motorbooks, 1988). The 1941 Convertible Coupe is virtually flawless in its graceful and tasteful styling. The dominant chrome grille, high-crowned coffin hood and heavy bumpers were skillfully grafted into the beautifully styled bodywork. It was the first in which a front valance panel filled the space between the bottom of the grille and the front bumper. A grille guard was built into the front bumper between the vertical bumper guards and the entire front end was graced by a new Flying Lady mascot. The convertible top is raised and lowered by vacuum assisted cylinders - unlike previous models that had hand-operated tops. It is also important to note that this was the final year when there were no rear quarter windows.
The 1941 Convertible Coupe is especially desired by collectors today because it is one of the last pre-war Cadillac convertibles ever built. The US Office of Production Management had anticipatorily ordered auto production cutbacks in August 1941 to 73.5 percent of 1940 output. Shortly thereafter, the US entered World War II on December 8, just hours after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, forcing an industry-wide conversion ot the manufacture of war materials. Production was halted altogether on February 4, 1942. When the industry shut down to switch to war production, Cadillac was neck-and-neck with Packard as the leading luxury car in America.
This award-winning Convertible Coupe was subject to a precision frame-off, ground up 'nut and bolt' restoration, resulting in one of the finest remaining 1941 Cadillac Convertible Coupes in the world, if not the finest. The attention to detail of the restoration is simply extraordinary. It has the correct 1941 date-coded windshields.
The sensual lines of this Cadillac are finished in tuxedo black with red trim, an extremely sought after combination. Inside exacting rich leather interior draws you behind the wheel. Cruises are even possible on cool nights thanks to the snugly fitting Haartz cloth top (properly trimmed with chrome braces, chrome window surround and correct leather binding).
Options are everything on fine open Cadillac's and this pristine example comes equipped with fitted fender skirts, Automatic Heating System with under-seat heaters and defrosters, a factory optional radio with vacuum operated power antenna, three-speed manual transmission and the highly-desired painted dash (simulated wood grain 'dynock' was the standard feature and was considered significantly inferior in appearance by Cadillac purchasers then and now). Standard factory amenities include: turn signals, clock, rear seat overhead dome light, trunk light, adjustable seat, 'Day-Nite' rearview mirror, glove box lamp and more.
All electrical systems and accessory options have been meticulously restored and all mechanical systems have been precision tuned to spec. The engine is whisper quiet, does not overheat and the car cruises effortlessly at highway speeds. A 6-volt electric fuel pump is hidden underneath and integrated into the factory mechanical fuel pump to maintain a constant four to seven pounds of fuel pressure, providing for exceptional reliability. This rust-free Southern Classic has traveled less than 500 miles since restoration and qualifies for all CCCA sanctioned events.
At the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, California this Convertible Coupe finished in tuxedo black with red trim was expected to sell between $100,000-$125,000 and offered without reserve. At the conclusion of the bidding the vehicle had been sold for $126,500By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
1941 was the first year Cadillac offered the fully automatic transmission-Hydramatic. Cadillac led the General Motors line with a horizontal front grill motief.
This particular Cadillac was ordered with the no-cost option running boards. It is powered by a 346 cu.in engine that is capable of producing 150 horsepower.
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 the 'Cadillac look' ever since. This was also the first year Cadillac customers were offered a choice of either a 3-speed manual or the new fully automatic Hydra-matic transmission.
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 wood grain finish and the speedometer and odometer designs are aircraft-inspired pod-style. There is a large steering wheel, a pushbutton-operated AM radio, and a clock.
In 2008, this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $50,000 - $60,000. Bidding reached $34,000 but was not enough to satisfy the cars reserve. The lot was left unsold.
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 (instead of the Hydra-Matic). The odometer shows 62,000 miles which are believed to be correct and original. It was part of the O'Quinn collection; prior to that it belonged to an Illinois Cadillac dealer, who displayed it in his showroom. There are beige cloth seats and brown carpets.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' were introduced by Cadillac in 1941. Cadillac had the first fully automatic transmission, the 4-speed 'Hydra-Matic.' Air conditioning became an option. Directional signals became standard equipment. Cadillac boasted in 1941 that 'In the field above two thousand dollars, approximately two-thirds of all motorists make Cadillac their choice.' The durable 'Mono-Bloc' V-8 engine would go to war, powering the United States Army's M-5 and M-24 tanks.
This Cadillac is an original, unrestored example. It is equipped with the following options: Fender Skirts, Radio, Deluxe Heater, Fog Lamps, Back Up Light, Windshield Washer, Running Boards and Wheel Trim Rings.
Convertible Coupe Deluxe
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 V8 unit with a Stromberg carburetor and produces 150 horsepower. There are hydraulic drum brakes at all four corners.By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
Convertible Coupe Deluxe
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 rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, and an L-head V8 engine developing 150 horsepower. 1941 was the first year in Cadillac history that an automatic transmission was offered - a rare $125 factory option. The convertible top was raised and lowered by vacuum-assisted cylinder, unlike previous models that had hand-operated tops.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
Recent Vehicle AdditionsModel Year ChangesA new, bolder grille.Front fenders were extended into the doorsHeadlights were fully integrated into the front fendersHorizontal-theme grille stretched from side to side.Improved brakesNew fresh-air heating and ventilating system was introduced, ducted from the grille rather than a cowl-top ventilator.New instrument panelsNew styling.Self-shifting Hydra-Matic transmission
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