1941 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan
The Series 62 Cadillacs, including this lovely 1941 sedan, are Full Classics according to the CCCA, making them eligible for all the best shows and tours. They're also wonderful cars to drive, with modern performance and handsome styling that defined the 1940s. Sleek bodies like this always look great in dark colors, and Cadillac's Valcour Maroon never goes out of style, especially on a senior Cadillac. The Series 62 still used traditional trunk-back styling and it remains attractive today with an expensive look that suits the car just fine. The panels on this handsome sedan are in excellent condition, and the glossy burgundy paint is good enough for Cadillac, with depth and gloss all out of proportion to the reasonable asking price. There's also a lot of chrome, from the massive egg-crate grille to the big wrap-around bumpers, and the taillights hint at the tailfins that would arrive in 1948. The left taillight hides the fuel filler, which would be a Cadillac trademark for years to come, and optional fender skirts make it look long and sleek (and are probably worth quite a bit of cash all by themselves). There's more luxury inside, where the original bench seats have been reupholstered in correct gray broadcloth that looks right for 1941. The new upholstery is durable and handsome, and shows minimal wear aside from a little stretching on the driver's seat and door panel. Beautiful ivory-colored plastic is used for the steering wheel and accessory knobs, and the dashboard and window garnish moldings are beautifully woodgrained to simulate burled walnut. A full array of gauges give a comprehensive view of the engine. The slender shifter controls a 3-speed manual transmission, which was still the standard transmission in 1941. There's a fully operational AM radio mounted high in the dash and a clock in the glove box lid (sadly not working), both common to cars of this era. The car also includes an under-seat heater and defroster unit, both of which were commonly-installed options on these cars and still welcome today. There's also a rather large trunk with correct upholstery, a full-sized spare, and a complete jack assembly. Power comes from Cadillac's famous 346 cubic inch flathead V8, which was used extensively in Sherman tanks during World War II, which speaks to its bulletproof reliability. There's a reason 1941 Cadillacs are the #1 most popular tour car in the CCCA. The engine makes 150 horsepower and a serious dose of torque, and combined with excellent gear spacing in the transmission, it's swift and effortless in traffic, and will cruise all day at 60 MPH, making late pre-war Cadillacs like this ideal tour cars. Very nicely finished with recent paint and a proper oil bath air cleaner, the engine bay is fully functional, the engine runs almost silently, and the transmission shifts properly. The chassis appears to have been restored with satin black paint, lots of new hardware, and a sturdy full frame that might be more at home supporting a bridge somewhere. It rides on steel wheels wearing 7.00-15 Firestone wide whitewall tires and full wheel covers for a very 1941 feel. Enthusiasts have discovered what magnificent road cars these are, and any tour or CCCA Caravan will typically include several 1941 Series 62 Cadillacs. Find out why by giving us a call today!