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1938 Cadillac Series 60

Chassis number : 6271158

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William L. Mitchell's father was a Buick dealer, so he was around automobiles from childhood. As a youth, he studied design and art in New York City - while also becoming a sports car enthusiast. A portfolio of Mitchell's dynamic and modernistic automotive sketches was shown to GM design chief Harley Earl in late 1935. The 23-year old Mitchell was soon hired into GM Art & Colour.

The young designer was soon assigned to develop a car Earl already had in mind...a trim, sporty sedan that would appeal to the Cadillac owner who preferred to be behind the wheel instead of being chauffeured about. The car was originally modeled as a LaSalle, but soon became the 'Cadillac Sixty.'

Mitchell created a modernized 'three-box' close-coupled sedan with a beautiful rounded trunk. The car sat lower than others and didn't need running boards - the production version would be the first car from a major automaker to lack them. Door windows were convertible-like, with only thin plated frames. The roof flowed down to create a seamless panel between the side windows.

The car reached production as the 1938 Cadillac Sixty Special. It would be offered, with facelifts, through 1941. Immediately recognized as a design classic, the original's proportions would influence the look of American cars for years to come. Thanks to this great car's success, both the Cadillac Sixty Special and Bill Mitchell would be making history at GM for a long, long time.

The 1938 Sixty Special is considered a milestone in the history of GM styling. This car broke new styling ground by incorporating such features as concealed running boards, thin chrome window frames and a totally integrated trunk into a wonderfully sophisticated looking 'junior edition' Cadillac. This car, serial number 6271158, was originally sold through noted Los Angeles Cadillac dealer Don Lee, for $2399.

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1938 Cadillac Series 60 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Cadillac Series 60

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Sedan
Sold for USD$16,500
  2020 Mecum : Indy Fall Special
 
1938 CADILLAC LA SALLE SERIES 60 4 DOOR
Sold for USD$13,250
  2020 McCormick's Auction # 68
 
1938 Cadillac Series 60 Sedan
Chassis#: 8271423
Sold for USD$16,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1938 Cadillac Series 60 Opera Coupe
Sold for USD$39,600
  2019 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1938 CADILLAC SERIES 65 IMPERIAL SEDAN
Chassis#: 7271590
Sold for USD$16,500
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1938 Cadillac Series 60 Touring Sedan
Sold for USD$14,025
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1938 CADILLAC SERIES 60
Sold for USD$55,000
  2017 Leake Auction - Dallas
 
1938 Cadillac Series 60 4 Door
Sold for USD$25,300
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1938 Cadillac Series 60 Opera Coupe
Chassis#: 8271176
Sold for USD$40,000
  2016 Mecum : Monterey
 
1938 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD LIMO
Chassis#: 3271357
Sold for USD$38,500
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 
1938 Cadillac V-8 Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$42,900
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Imperial Limousine
Sold for USD$25,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Dallas, TX Auction
 
1938 Cadillac Series 61
Sold for USD$24,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - St. Charles, IL Auction
 
1938 Cadillac Fleetwood
Sold for USD$23,000
  2011 Silver Auction - Carson City
 
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Limousine
Sold for USD$16,250
  2011 Leake Auction, San Antonio, Texas
 
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Limousine
Sold for USD$15,250
  2010 Leake Car Auctions - 38th Annual Leake Auto Auction - Market Hall
 
1938 CADILLAC OPERA COUPE
Sold for USD$30,000
  2010 Silver Auction - Arizona in January
 
1938 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD SALOON
Chassis#: 506283884
Sold for USD$28,000
  2007 Silver Auction - Hot August Nights
 
1938 Cadillac Model 38-6127 Opera Coupe
Chassis#: 8270871
Sold for USD$44,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook
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1938 Cadillac 60 Series Sport Cvt.
Sold for USD$63,600
  2002 Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction - The Kughn Collection
 

Cadillac Series 60s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Cadillac Series 60's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Five-Passenger Sedan 2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall$33,000$35,000$45,000
1938 CADILLAC SERIES 65 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN 2014 Mecum Dallas$65,000  
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Convertible Sedan72709072014 Mecum Monterey$62,000$80,000$100,000
1938 CADILLAC 60 SERIES 2014 McCormick's Palm Springs # 56$19,000  
1938 Cadillac Fleetwood 605 2013 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$25,000  
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Limousine 2011 Leake Car Auctions Oklahoma City, Ok   
1938 Cadillac Series 60 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook$42,500$65,000$80,000

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1938 Cadillac Series 60 Profiles

1938 Cadillac Series 60 vehicle information
Opera Coupe
Coachwork: Fisher
Chassis #: 8270871
1938 Cadillac Series 60 vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fisher
1938 Cadillac Series 60 vehicle information
Sedan
Coachwork: Fisher
Chassis #: 6271158
1938 Cadillac Series 60 vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Brunn
1938 Cadillac Series 60 vehicle information
Sedan
Coachwork: Fisher