Beautifully Restored 1941 Cadillac Convertible Coupe

The automobile featured in this article is a beautifully restored 1941 Cadillac Convertible Series 62 Coupe. The car is a real head turner and sports classic lines starting with the chrome grille and domed hood. The entire Cadillac model line for 1941 really had terrific styling.

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1941 Cadillac Convertible Coupe

1941 Cadillac Styling

Styling was all new for Cadillac in 1941 and the automaker also offered their Hydra-Matic automatic transmission for the first time that model year. This was also the first year that air conditioning was offered.

Designing for the 1941 Cadillacs was led by Bill Mitchell who became Cadillac’s chief designer at the age of 24. Mitchell’s designs helped Cadillac make it’s way through the Great Depression with it’s distinctive look. If you had the money to purchase a Cadillac during the Depression, the car stood out in any neighborhood.

If you look for the designs that set Bill Mitchell apart from the others it would most likely be the 1938 and 1941 Cadillacs. The 1938 Cadillac Sixty Special caught everyone’s attention with it’s crisp new look. He followed that up with his all new 1941 Sixty Special which some might say is the best looking Cadillac design ever.

1941 cadillac convertible coupeLooking back, you might say that master designers like Bill Mitchell would have a tough time plying their trade with all the regulations we have today. These regulations would have put too many handcuffs on a designer that wanted nothing less than being highly creative. This could be one of the main reasons why so many of today’s automobiles look alike. Mitchell had the opportunity to design automobiles for General Motors during the heyday of creative innovation.

1941 Cadillac Convertible Specifications

There was one engine available for the 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe and that was a 346 cubic inch L-head V-8 that was rated at 150 horsepower.

Standard transmission was a three speed manual but a Hydra-Matic automatic was available for the first time in 1941. The automatic transmission option cost a bit over $100.

Brakes were four wheel hydraulic drum.

The 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible weighed 4,250 lbs. The dimensions for this vehicle included an overall length of 216.0 inches. Wheelbase was 126.0 inches.

Like with prior year models, Cadillac was known for it’s outstanding and up to date engineering. The 1941 Cadillac was no exception with a Deluxe heating system, day / night rear view mirror, clock, rear seat dome light and more.  Options included a factory radio and vacuum operated power antenna, fog lights and a spotlight just to name a few.

The new car price for the 41 Cadillac Convertible was about $2,000 which was a costly auto price in 1941.

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An excellent book for Cadillac enthusiasts is...Cadillac: 100 Years of Innovation by Angelo Van Bogart. Long before the BMW, Lexus, Infinity, etc., the Cadillac was considered the standard. After surpassing Packard, it was the preferred luxury car for more than 50 years, reigning supreme among American brands. This book presents a light history capturing important names and dates in Cadillac genealogy.

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Bill Mitchell’s sharp styling

The 1941 Cadillac Convertible Collector Cars

All of the 1941 Cadillacs are popular collector cars. The Convertible Coupe is especially coveted for being one of the last convertibles produced prior to World War Two. It’s estimated that there were approximately 3,100 1941 Cadillac Convertible Coupes built.

When war broke out and civilian auto production was halted in February 1942, the two leading luxury car brands were Cadillac and Packard. An interesting side note is that the Cadillac 346 cubic inch L-head V-8 was used in some army tanks during the war.

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41 Cadillac Coupe deluxe interior

1941 Cadillac Convertible Coupes have seen solid prices at auction. As of this writing, restored and mint condition models have sold in the $70,000 plus price range. We have seen one great looking Convertible Coupe with an asking price of $83,000 and another with a $139,000 price tag. The 41 Cadillac Hardtop Coupes we have seen have had asking prices in the mid $40,000 range. With all of these cars, originality will mean a higher valuation.

As mentioned above, the 1941 model year saw a very short production run due to the war and most of these vehicles are quite rare.

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1950 Ford F-1 Half Ton Pickup / Photos and All Details

The vehicle featured in this article, the 1950 Ford F-1 Half-Ton Pickup, is among the first generation of Ford F Series Trucks. Introduced in 1948, these F Trucks were built on a truck chassis as opposed to the pre war trucks built on automobile chassis. These F Series Trucks were truly new and different than those built prior to World War Two. These are the first of the F series Ford’s which are still in production so many decades later. The trucks gained a lot of followers with it’s durability and affordability.

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1950 Ford F-1 Pickup

Ford’s “Bonus Built” Trucks

In addition to this major change, the 1948 F-1 had several other changes compared to the 1941 model. Changes from the earlier Ford trucks included a one piece windshield, a wider cab and headlights that integrated with the truck’s grille. Because of these changes and additions, Ford Motor Company advertising labeled the 1948 F Trucks “Bonus Built“.

The term Bonus Built just started as an advertising slogan in 1948 to compete against Chevrolet’s truck advertising. It was meant to refer to the many extras now added to Ford trucks. These were supposedly extras you could not always find in other makes. What Ford was doing was to put up a strong challenge to General Motors who had pretty much dominated the trucks market at that time.

ford f-1 pickupOfficially it was used from 1948-50 but it actually came to designate the whole of the ’48-’52 body style. The 51s and 52s were connected with the 48-50s because of their very similar body style and design characteristics.

The Ford Bonus Built models not only applied to the F-1 Half Tons but the term was used through the 3 ton F-8.

The Million Dollar Cab

As marketing and advertising goes, Ford touted that it’s 1948 F-1 riders sat in a ‘Million Dollar Cab“. What this implied was that the new F-1 cab provided more comfortable seating than any Ford truck before it. This added comfort of course had something to do with the F-1 being built on it’s new truck chassis as mentioned above rather than the old automobile chassis.

1950 Ford F-1 Pickup Specifications

There were engine options available for the first F-1 in 1948  Standard engine for that model and for the 1950 Ford F-1 Half Ton Pickup was a 236 cubic inch Inline Six with a rated 95 horsepower. Also available was a 239 cubic inch V-8 rated at 100 horsepower. All of the engines offered provided more power than any previous Ford truck engine.

Ford advertising made several interesting claims for it’s new truck engines for the F-1 models. One alleged customer was quoted as stating that his F-1 cost only 2.5 cents per mile to operate. Ford also claimed up to 14 percent fuel savings. Overall, Ford Motor Company wanted to stress that their new F-1′s cost less to operate and they lasted longer.

Transmission as a three speed manual. The F-1 at first had a floor shifter that later changed to a column mounted shifter.

Major changes were ushered in for the F Series trucks beginning with the 1953 model year. The engines were improved, the dimensions were larger and the chassis was improved.

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first generation ford f seriesFirst Generation Ford F-1 Pickup Collector Vehicles

We believe that all first generation Ford F-1 Pickups are popular collector vehicles. As mentioned earlier, the Ford F-1′s which debuted in 1948 represent an entirely new truck for Ford compared to what was built before the war in 1941. The first generations Ford F-1′s were the first Ford trucks built on a truck chassis rather than on an automobile chassis like the 41 model.

The 1950 Ford Half Ton Pickup, like the one featured in this article, sold new in 1950 for about $1,285. Today’s prices asked will of course depend on condition and originality. Various pricing sources as of this date place high values at $25,000 to $45,000. This is a wide range and would apply to those 1950 F-1′s that are totally restored and with a large degree of originality.

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by Moses Ludel.

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1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe / Specs, Photos, Model Details

Plymouth was created to be a more affordable line of automobiles for Chrysler. Plymouth would compete directly against Ford and Chevrolet. Affordability was a good thing during the Great Depression years and is exemplified by our 1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe featured in this article.

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1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe

The New 1935 Plymouth

The 1935 Plymouth was built new from the ground up. The 1935 models were completely re-engineered from the 1934 models. An example of this was that the engine was positioned more forward over the front axles. The passenger compartment was moved  further toward the rear increasing legroom and giving better weight distribution. The same X-frame was used but was improved.

There were two types of Plymouth automobiles for 1935. These were both PJ models but one was designated Business and one was Deluxe. The Deluxe line included a four-door sedan, a two-door and a four-door Touring Sedan and a Rumble seat Coupe. These were all built on a 113″ wheelbase chassis.

As far as design is concerned, the 35 Plymouths started to have some streamlined looks losing some of the boxy look of it’s predecessors. The front fenders had a pontoon look and curved downward. The rear fenders also had a more rounded look. Briggs supplied the bodies as they had in previous years.

1935 also saw a major change in how air flowed into the back passenger area. This included heat as well. Plymouth designers put a passage under the front seat which allowed ventilated air to get back there as well as warm air put out by the car’s heater. This was a welcome improvement to those knowing how cold it could get in the rear passenger area.

1935 plymouth pjPlymouth Deluxe Vs. Ford Deluxe

Plymouth had some significant advantages over competitor Ford. This was nothing totally unexpected since Ford had the reputation of being slow on innovation. Many attribute this to Henry Ford’s desire to keep things the same as much as possible. During the 1930′s both General Motors and Chrysler made good inroads with potential Ford buyers.

Plymouth offered hydraulic brakes and Ford only offered mechanical. Plymouth had a tubular front axle and Ford an I-Beam. Plymouth offered manifold heat control and Ford did not. These are only a few comparisons.

The Deluxe and Business lines could be told apart by trim differences as well as interior appointments. As an example, wood grain dashboard and the ivory horn button was absent on the Business models. Regarding the exterior, all Plymouth Deluxe models had chrome plated brass headlights and taillights, chrome windshield frame and stainless hood rings.The Business models had lighter front and rear springs, different front shocks and no sway bar like the Deluxe.

Same Engine With Improvements

Engine re-engineering also took place. The same six cylinder power plant from 1934 was used but there were major changes. The block was redesigned to allow for more fuller cooling of the pistons, especially the rear ones. In addition, there were changes to the outside engine dimensions which occurred only in 1935. This meant that the 35 engine couldn’t be placed in earlier models without some modifications.

Plymouth’s Increasing Sales

Since 1930 Plymouth rose to third place in sales. In 1935 Plymouth found itself as the biggest low-priced car with hydraulic brakes, all steel body, new better weight distribution and better fuel economy. Plymouth’s production for 1935  grew to over 350,000 units. About 250,000 vehicles were Deluxe models.

1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe Specifications

As mentioned above, the engine in the 1935 Plymouth was the same six cylinder as in 1933 and 1934 models except with some improvements. This was a 201 cubic inch straight six delivering 82 HP.

plymouth pjTransmission was a manual silent synchro type three speed.

The Plymouth Deluxe had four wheel hydraulic brakes and semi-elliptical leaf springs were used on front and rear suspension. Wheelbase was 113.0 inches.

Frame was a reinforced  X-Type.

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1935 Plymouth PJ Collector Cars

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35 Plymouth PJ dash

All automobiles from this period are great collector cars. The 1935 Plymouths are milestone vehicles in as much as they were redesigned from the ground up. Their smooth lines and fresh contours set them apart. The engines for this model year also received major modifications.

The 1935 series were the last of the letter series Plymouth cars that started with the model “Q” in 1928.The 1935 Plymouth PJ was advertised as the biggest low priced car on the market that used about 20 percent less fuel than it’s competitors.

As of this writing, the top valuations from various price guides for the 1935 Plymouth PJ Deluxe range from about $16,000 to $23,000. The convertible models have the highest valuations, ranging from about $25,000 to $39,000. The highest prices are those in mint restored condition.

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