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The Scottsdale Auction / 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe Chassis no. 8359884

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Lot 116
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
27 January 2023, 10:00 MST
Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Lot to be sold without reserve

US$80,000 - US$100,000

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1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
Chassis no. 8359884

346ci L-Head V8 Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
150bhp at 3,400rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Offered from the John White Ramshead Collection
*Stunning restoration performed resulting in CCCA Senior Award
*Lovely French Grey over Burgundy livery
*All-new and influential Cadillac styling for 1941 by Earl/Mitchell



THE SERIES 62 CADILLAC

Yet another design triumph from the Harley Earl/Bill Mitchell years at GM Styling, the 1941 Cadillac models marked a clear break from the past in terms of styling, with the old upright, V-shaped radiator grille replaced by the bold, horizontal "egg-crate" grille treatment that remains a Cadillac hallmark today. Conceived by Art Ross, this design element was quietly brought to Earl's attention by Bill Mitchell, his eventual handpicked successor. Wider in visual appearance than ever before, the 1941 Cadillac models also featured the debut appearance of fender-mounted headlamps, one of Mitchell's favored design cues. Looking fast even while at rest, the 1941 Cadillac line possessed a rare combination of sporting vigor with timeless elegance, and a cohesiveness of design matched by few, if any, of its rivals.

Another break from the past came with the efficiencies gained from Cadillac's adoption of a single-engine philosophy for 1941 and beyond. Displacing 346 cubic-inches Cadillac's proven L-head V8 now capably propelled the entire Cadillac line. A compression increase raised output to 150 horsepower to yield outstanding 100-mph capability on the open road. Equally important, Cadillac's V8 engine was a silky-smooth paragon of refinement with nearly silent operation. Ride and handling qualities were excellent with independent front underpinnings and continue to impress collectors and marque enthusiasts who like to drive their classics today. A wide Cadillac model range was offered for 1941, along six distinct lines ranging from the entry-level Series 61, which replaced the former LaSalle marque, to the Sixty Special, Series 63 four-door Sedan, the long-wheelbase Series 67, and Fleetwood-bodied Series 75. However, Series 62 truly defined Cadillac's future direction, with its youthful, forward-looking presence and versatility. In addition to the 2/4-Passenger Coupe and 5-Passenger Touring Sedan (both in Standard and Deluxe guise), Series 62 included two top-of-the-line open models, the 5-Passenger Deluxe Convertible Sedan, and the glamorous and sporty 2/4-Passenger Deluxe Convertible Coupe.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The stunning 1941 Cadillac Series 62 offered from the prominent Ramshead Collection features an Award-winning restoration in the superb and very appropriate French Grey over Burgundy livery. Configured in arguably the most desirable body style no. 41-6267D Convertible Coupe Deluxe configuration, the Cadillac ranks among the best 1940s automobiles made, featuring elegant and iconic Earl/Mitchell styling and smooth v8 power. Acquired by Mr. White and added to the Ramshead collection more than two decades ago, the Convertible Cadillac has since been treated to diligent service, maintenance and restoration work, as the sizable history file accompanying the sale of the car can attest to. The lovely French Grey exterior is neatly contrasted by color-coded Burgundy wheels shod on white-wall tires. Chrome and brightwork is in beautiful condition, and a period-correct California license plate is affixed to the back. The black canvas Convertible top fits nice and snug, and is trimmed with Burgundy piping, matching the inviting Burgundy interior. The in-dash radio remains in situ, and tools and a jack are situated in the luggage compartment.

While in the Ramshead collection, the 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe has been toured extensively, and today runs and drives like a really well-prepared car. This V8-powered Cadillac was one of Mr. White's favorites for driving events, and was previously awarded the coveted First Price Senior Premier class award by the Classic Car Club of America. This timeless looking 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe Deluxe is now looking for a good home and owner to cruise from drive-in to drive-in with melodies from Frank Sinatra or The Mills Brothers.




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