Lot 45

2013   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2014

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan

SOLD $46,200


$90,000 - $120,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

One of 400 Examples Originally Produced
One of Approximately 60 Survivors Well-Preserved Older Restoration
A Milestone of Harley Earl/Bill Mitchell Design Prowess
Recognized as a CCCA Full Classic
Final Production Year of the Cadillac Convertible Sedan

Technical Specs

346 CID L-Head V-8 Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
150 BHP at 3,400 RPM
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Semi-Floating Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The Series 62 Convertible Sedan

Aesthetically speaking, it has been said that the masterfully restyled Cadillac model line was to the year 1941 what Cord was to 1936, Duesenberg to 1929, and LaSalle to 1927. While Harley Earl headed General Motors’ Art and Color Section, Cadillac styling for 1941benefitted from the deft touch of a young Bill Mitchell, who went on to become Earl’s handpicked successor as GM’s Vice President of Design in 1958. Engineering marked a careful evolution, with Cadillac’s return to single-engine status fulfilled by its silent and smooth 346 cid V-8. A compression increase delivered 150 hp and outstanding 100-mph capability. Ride and handling qualities were quite sophisticated and continue to impress collectors and Cadillac marque enthusiasts today. Series 62 continued to anchor Cadillac’s model lineup for 1941, which also marked the final appearance of the majestic Model 41-6229-D Convertible Sedan, with only 400 manufactured in all that year with precious few survivors remaining today.

This Car

Fully restored to high-point standards during the early 1990s and acquired by the consignor in 2004, this fine example continues to present very well with its deep burgundy exterior finish, luxurious biscuit leather upholstery, and wood- grain dash with its Art Deco-inspired controls, instruments, and fittings, plus factory radio. Having been maintained by the esteemed Antique Auto Restorations firm in Seaside, California, the engine is reported to run well, and the convertible sedan is understood to deliver a wonderful driving experience. The Cadillac is further equipped with a desirable high-speed rear-axle ratio affording highway capabilities, a fact borne out by the Cadillac’s use on enjoyable 45-minute trips along the Pacific coastline from the Monterey Peninsula to fabled Big Sur and back, as well as on 100-mile round trips to Capitola while cruising along nicely at 60 mph on Highway 101. Predictably, with its spacious interior accommodations and considerable open-air appeal, the Cadillac has also served as both a parade car with dignitaries riding along and as a wedding car under the consignor’s care.

Rightly recognized as a CCCA Full Classic, this rarely seen motorcar provides entry into a multitude of classic events, shows, and tours. Now ready for a fortunate new owner to appreciate its timeless elegance and sophisticated engineering, this final-year Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan will certainly provide a handsome, historic, and enjoyable addition to any collection of the finest classic cars of the immediate prewar era.