1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
346ci flathead V8 engine
Single Stromberg carburetor
150bhp at 3,400rpm
Three-speed manual transmission
Independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-Iconic, timeless design
-Restored to a high standard
-AACA Senior and CCCA 1st Prize winner
-CCCA Full Classic
-A thoroughly modern and enjoyable pre-WWII convertible
The Series 62
There simply had never been an American production car like the 1941 Cadillac.
GM design chief Harley Earl worked with Cadillac studio head Bill Mitchell to create the 1941 Cadillac. Stylist Art Ross is credited with the first sketches of the car's broadly rectangular grillewhich would be a radical departure from the sharply vee'd vertical grilles of preceding models. The "egg-crate" texture of the 1941 grille would become an essential part of the Cadillac DNA.
Form and function were balanced in new ways on the '41s. The sculpted flying goddess hood ornament lifted to actuate the hood latch, while the streamlined tail lamp housing on the left cleverly concealed the fuel filler cap a device that would continue to delight Cadillac owners and mystify gas station attendants well into the "tail fin" era. Even the bumpers were more integrated into the overall design than ever before.
The interior of the 1941 Cadillac was just as entertaining as the exterior. A lavishly detailed and artfully wood-grained instrument panel dominated by two large round instrumentsthe speedometer and clockwas just one visual treat.
Cadillacs were among the best equipped and most modern cars on the road in 1941. Standard features included a V8 engine, sealed beam headlamps, 15-inch wheels and fore-and-aft turn signals.
Strong torque, smooth acceleration and quiet operation from its V8 engine made it a delight for drivers. For the first time ever, Cadillac offered its customers a choice of transmissions in this year. They could select either the standard 3-speed manual, as found on the offered car, or choose the new fully automatic GM 4-speed Hydra-Matic, a $125 option.
The Series 62 model line consisted of a handsome notchback coupe and sedan, plus the only two Cadillac open models offered in 1941, the Convertible Coupe as seen here, and the Convertible Sedan.
The Motorcar Offered
This Oceano Blue over tan leather Series 62 Convertible Coupe is one of only 3,100 Convertible Coupes produced in '41representing less than 5% of the number of Cadillacs produced in that year. Originally priced at $1,645, the Model 6267-D Convertible Coupe featured Deluxe appointments, which were standard on both this style and the Convertible Sedan. The Convertible Coupe alone had a standard a vacuum-operated power convertible top that retracted and raised the top assembly quietly and quickly.
Restored to a high standard about two decades ago, it has gone onto to win a CCCA first price, an AACA Senior, and a first prize at Hershey in 1995. Showing beautifully today, the restoration has retained much of its sheen but mellowed enough to be used as an enjoyable tour car without worry.
The 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible is one of the great automobiles of the 20th century. The design can justifiably be called iconic, as this particular model is frequently portrayed in print and used in movies to represent its era. A CCCA Full Classic, it qualifies for numerous events and tours. But it will also serve just as well as a fine motorcar with which to just drive into town for a nice meal on a warm Saturday night.
- Please note that the chassis number for this vehicle is 8359938