In 1902, after Henry Ford's departure from Henry Ford Company, the Cadillac Automobile Company was formed. Named after the founder of Detroit, Michigan, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac. General Motors purchased Cadillac in 1909, with much of their production dedicated to larger, more luxurious vehicles.
The 1941 Cadillac consisted of many models with two series of the Fleetwood. First, was the Fleetwood Sixty Special, which was available as three models. The second, was the Fleetwood Seventy-Five, which was available as eight models. Both were available with the glass 'Imperial Division' that were electronically controlled. The broad price range allowed for wider spectrum of buyers with the Sixty One being the best selling. 1941 would also mark the beginning of optional 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, which would double in production for the following year. Available options that weren't all that common during the 40's were radios, fender skirts, driving lights, mirrors, windshield washer, back-up lights, integrated headlamps into the fenders and air conditioning, also known as 'Weather-Conditioner'. All of the Sixty-Specials were powered by the same engine, the 346, rated at approximately 135 horsepower. Cadillac's engines became notable for their reliability proven by their use in military operations during the war.Kyle McMullen
In 1938, Bill Mitchell designed the Model Sixty which represented a transition in automotive design. It represented what was to come, even what still is, in automotive design. It enabled designers, who had been dreaming of such designs, see them in r....[continue reading]
The Series 60 Cadillac was the brainchild of General Motors designer William Mitchel. Design chief, Harley Earl, was instrumental in obtaining approval from the GM Board to produce the 60 Special. Its flat roof, massive new horizontal grill, flowin....[continue reading]
Introduced in 1938, the smartly styled and somewhat downsized Sixty Special series firmly secured Cadillac's grip on the number one position in the US luxury market. This Imperial Sedan, with refined styling and a host of unique features, was specia....[continue reading]
The Derham Body Company was founded in Pennsylvania in 1887 and remained in business until 1971. They were the longest-lived American body builder and the only Classic Era coachbuilder to make it out of the Depression. ....[continue reading]
The Cadillac V8 was so impressive, the Department of Defense chose Cadillac's V8 to power its Sherman tank in the war effort. Each tank was given two Cadillac engines. As a result, there are many of these engines in existence in modern times.....[continue reading]
The Bill Mitchell-designed Series 60 Special, introduced in 1938, showcased many advanced styling concepts that would become part of the Cadillac model lineup in subsequent years. In 1941, it was slightly revised, with the most notably change being t....[continue reading]
The 1941 Cadillac Series 60 was a mid-level luxury car and the product of the Art and Color Section led by Harley Earl. They had a 126-inch wheelbase, a V8 engine offering 150 horsepower, and two body styles - a coupe and sedan. ....[continue reading]
The curtain will rise on an epic collection of vintage automobiles and memorabilia, June 27th to 29th as RM Auctions presents the esteemed private collection of Mr. Art Astor.
A California native and...