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Coachwork by Fleetwood
In 1941, General Motors launched a new line of luxury Cadillacs that were both stylish and powerful. The Series 60 Special was endowed with the 346 cid V-8 engine, along with all the new series of that year, which could muster 150 hp and propel the luxury vehicle to a top speed of 100 mph.
So impressive was the engine, the Department of Defense chose Cadillac’s V-8 to power its Sherman Tank in the war effort – each tank employing two Cadillac engines. As a result there are many of these magnificent powerplants in existence today, making spare parts readily and relatively inexpensively available.
This marvelous example of a 1941 Series 60 Special with Fleetwood coachwork is believed to show original mileage on the odometer. Its early provenance is undocumented, but it is known to have been owned by classic car collector Frank Aksamit of Wichita, Kansas, in the early 1990s. During his ownership the Cadillac won First Place in the Primary Division at the 1992 Spring Grand Classic show of the CCCA in Wichita. As a result, the sedan now carries the Senior Badge no. 1684. Documentation of this event accompanies the car.
The Cadillac was eventually purchased by James M. Schloeman of Clayton, Missouri, an American classic car collector. Schloeman restored the car in magnificent midnight blue with a dark blue leather interior, believed to be the original color combination. Add to that the bias-ply look-alike radial whitewall tires and the automobile not only looks stunning, but drives like a dream. Although the restoration was completed some time ago, the paint, leather, and chrome are all in excellent condition with a gentle patina of careful wear. The Cadillac, which comfortably seats six, cuts a dash at any event where it is presented.
The current owner, a renowned collector and classic car expert, acquired this Cadillac in 2012 and immediately had it recommissioned for touring. Shortly after the completion of this work, he embarked upon a tour of the Tetons commencing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a grueling event during which the car performed splendidly.
Most recently minor maintenance has included the removal and service of the radiator plus the installation of a new exhaust system, drum brakes, and suspension components. The sedan displays what is believed to be the original mileage of approximately 33,900 miles and, according to its owner, it is in “beautiful running and driving condition.”
This gorgeous 1941 Series 60 Special Cadillac is an impressive reminder of a majestic and luxurious era of the automobile. Its aesthetic appeal combined with its powerful performance render it the ideal acquisition for any discerning collector of true American classics, who will delight not only in showing the car, but driving a piece of automotive history.