1941 Cadillac Fleetwood Touring Imperial Limousine
1941 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood 7-Passenger Touring Imperial Limousine The Fleetwood Touring Imperial Limousine of which only 757 were produced (41-7533) Previously owned for nearly 40 years by a physician and always garage-kept The Fleetwood Series 75 was the "Cadillac of Cadillacs." Older, cosmetic restoration Black exterior with black leather chauffeur seat and tan mohair upholstery for the passengers Functional power glass partition Loaded with options such as under-seat heater, defroster and radio Mostly original, well-kept example with rear "suicide" doors Rebuilt 346 CID Monobloc L-head V-8 engine Three-speed selective synchronized manual transmission 136-inch wheelbase Independent front suspension with coil springs; rear leaf springs Power-assisted front and rear drum brakes Six-volt electrical systemFormal, stately and slightly ominous. These are just some of the adjectives that come to mind when one sees a black 1941 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine arrive at the curb. At MotoeXotica Classic Cars, we are proud to offer such a vehicle and we wouldn't blame you if you heard "The Godfather" theme when you see it. The 1941 Fleetwood Series 75 Touring Imperial was a hand-crafted limousine built in the Cadillac tradition. The Series 75 was the marque's flagship V8. In 1941 the short wheelbase Series 70 was replaced by the Series 62 and the long wheelbase Series 75 was integrated into the Fleetwood family. This was a most brilliant motor car for its day, and it, with others like it built the "Standard of the World" reputation in years to come for the Cadillac brand. This magnificent sedan is a highly sought collectible today as only 757 Touring Imperials (41-7533) were built. The Fleetwood Series 75 was the "Cadillac of Cadillacs.â€Cadillac's flagship Series 75 had a long and distinguished history. Cadillac's full sized V8 cars spanning six decades were the Series 70 and Series 75 models. For 1941, the Series 75 was available as a sedan, Imperial Touring sedan, and a formal sedan body. There were a variety of body configurations from which to select and all wore Fleetwood nomenclature. Fleetwood was the in-house coachcrafter for Cadillac.A doctor owned this example for almost 40 years, and he made sure it was always stored in a garage when not in use. The car served him as a weekend driver and he entered it in local parades. It has also done duty at numerous weddings. It is one of 2,104 Series 75 models made in 1941.Finished in black, this car's paint and trim are in overall good order, but there are some blemishes at various points and the paint shows some patina, especially around the rear window and some of the trim. The right front window will not roll down but all of the windows are clear and crack-free, while the lights are haze-free and look great. This limo rolls on Denman wide whitewalls mounted on 16-inch wheels with factory wheel covers. All of its body panels are solid and straight, including the standard running boards. The cargo area is in good order and includes a full-sized spare tire, boxes of parts and vehicle documentation. The engine bay is tidy and the bumpers look great. Cadillac's 346 CID 7.0 litre "L-Head" 8 cylinder engine. It has a cast iron block and head, three main bearings, and hydraulic lifters. A Stromberg AAV-26, Carter WDO506s carburetor. This engine produces 150 bhp @ 3,400 rpm. It has a selective synchro manual 3-speed column shift transmission. The rear is fitted with a Hotchkiss semi-floating axle with hypoid gears. The Fleetwood Series 75 was the "Cadillac of Cadillacs.â€. Power hydraulic braking at all four wheels was standard. $3,295 went a long way in 1941, that was the base price of the Series 75 Touring Imperial. Only 757 of these were built. Thirty years ago, the former owner rebuilt the original engine himself, using new pistons, camshaft and water pump. The fuel pump and radiator core were rebuilt in 1987, too. In 2003, the engine-to-dashboard wiring was replaced.Inside, the chauffeur's section is in very good overall condition with its black leather bench seat. The previous owner reportedly had the front seat redone by someone who formerly worked at the Cadillac factory in Detroit, Michigan that built these cars. The carpet is in good order, as is the black headliner, front and rear. The car's black metal instrument panel looks fabulous, while the original, two-spoke steering wheel is present and in good condition. The speedometer, fuel and temperature gauges are inoperable, however. The mirror glass and shift lever are in good order and there's a factory AM radio and optional under the seat heater and defroster for the chauffeur to use. On the other side of the functioning power divider glass, the original tan mohair rear upholstery looks great, including on the fold down jump seats for quick jaunts. There's also a full-width footrest. The window frames and other rear trim pieces are finished in burled wood, lending some warmth to the cabin. A clock is embedded in the front seat back so no one has to bother the driver for the time during the journey.For 1941, the wheelbase was reduced to 136 inches and the one-piece hood came down lower in the front, included the side panels and extended sideways to the fenders. A single rectangular panel of louver trim was used on each side of the hood. The rectangular grille was wide, vertical, and bulged foreword in the middle. Rectangular parking lights were built into the top outer corners of the grille. Headlights were now built into the nose of the fenders and provision for built in accessory fog lights was provided under the headlights. Three chrome spears appeared on the rear section of all four fenders. Rear fender skirts were standard. Unlike other Cadillacs, the Series 75 could only be ordered with running boards.Competition to this car in 1941 included Chrysler's Crown Imperial Series Limousine, Lincoln's Custom Series Limousine and Packard's Custom Super Clipper Limousine.This limousine would make a fine candidate to place into wedding limo service or long Sunday drives in the country or on tours. It is ready for its next caretaker to enjoy and admire it.This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 78,033 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!VIN: 3341236Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.