1941 Cadillac Series 62

 

The Cadillac Model 62 such as the one shown here replaced the Model 61 in 1940 as the lowest model on Cadillac’s list of offerings. Many believed the 1941 Cadillac Series 62 first embodied the ulltimate in style.

1941 cadillac Series 62 Coupe

1941 cadillac Series 62 Coupe

Standard V-8 Engines

The 1941 Cadillac Model 62 was a good seller. For the 1941 model year, Cadillac put it’s efforts into one line of V-8 engines. This move replaced the V-16 engine which would never be produced again. Sales of V-16′s had been lagging for some time and it made more sense to concentrate on one engine.

All 1941 Cadillac’s produced were powered by a 346 cubic inch V8 engine. In fact, all Cadillacs were built with V-8′s through 1948. When the new V-8′s came out in 1941 Cadillac pointed out the many improvements over the 1940 engine which included a claim of more efficiency delivering 15 percent better fuel mileage than it’s predecessor.

The 1941 Cadillac Model 62 had a low sleek body, a more slanted windshield and a curved rear window. The car had a C Body which was also used on the Buick Roadmaster. Of special note was the grille. The grille bars were heavier and there were fewer of them. In 1941 the one piece hood came down lower in the front and included side panels that extended sideways to the fenders. The grille would become even larger on the 1942 model.

1941 Cadillac Coupe

1941 Cadillac Coupe

Cadillac was always considered General Motor’s prestige line of automobiles.The line stayed intact during the Great Depression years of the 1930′s when some luxury automakers folded. Cadillac solidified it’s image as America’s luxury automobile by the end of the 1930′s. General Motors did everything possible to promote Cadillac’s image for engineering perfection and reliability.

This first generation of Cadillac Series 62 were only built from 1941 to 1942 due to the start of World War Two and the banning of civilian automobile production.

The 1941 models were available in a two door club coupe, a four door sedan and a four door convertible. Coachwork was performed by Fisher Body. The Series 62 offered Cadillac’s only convertible sedan.

1941 Sales figures for Cadillac were excellent. The automaker built over 66,000 vehicles. It was a record year. This was just under Packard’s numbers and about 10,000 less than Mercury. The 66,000 units built were much above 1940′s figures of 43,000 cars.

1941 cadillac Model 62

1941 cadillac Model 62

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Specs

As mentioned above, the 1941 Cadillac Series 62 was built with a V-8 346 cubic inch engine delivering 150 horsepower and a top speed of 100 MPH.

Transmission options were a 3 speed Manual Selective Synchromesh or a  4 speed Automatic Hydra-Matic. Hydra-Matic was first introduced by General Motors in 1940. The 1941 Cadillac was the first model with a fully automatic transmission which first appeared in 1940 with Oldsmobile.

Vehicle weight came in at just over 4,000 lbs and the wheelbase was 126.0 inches. It’s interesting to note that Cadillac built a Series Sixty-Seven with a 139.0 wheelbase. This was for buyers who really wanted luxury and size.

The new car price averaged around $1,700 which was quite reasonable for a Cadillac product. The Series 61 had sold for a few hundred dollars less. The Series 62 was the lowest priced Cadillac and not too much above the cost of a Buick Roadmaster. The Cadillac line was the next above the Buick offerings.

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1941 Cadillac hood extenders to the fenders

1941 Cadillac hood extenders to the fenders

 

The Five Generations of Series 62

The Cadillac Model 62 Series first introduced in 1941 are sought after collector’s cars. Cadillac built the 62 series until 1964. The second generation of the Series 62 was produced from 1946 until 1947 and the third generation from 1948 until 1953.

The fourth generation of the Series 62 was produced from 1954 until 1958 and the fifth generation from 1959 until 1964. At the end of it’s run in 1964, the original Series 62 came with a 429 inch engine that provided 340 horsepower. This was one big advance from the series 62 first production car in 1941.

During it’s lifetime, the Cadillac Model 62 went through several name changes including the Series 6200 and the Cadillac Calais names.

See our article on Antique and Classic Car Serial Numbers

(Photos from author’s collection)

1903 Ford Model A

 

The 1903 Ford Model A is quite historic in the fact that this model was the first Henry Ford produced. The 1903 Ford Model A aside from being the first Ford car produced was also profitable for the company. It was available as either a two or four seater and was produced in only the color red. Ford Motor Company of course reintroduced the Model A in 1928 as a replacement for the highly successful Model T.

1903 Ford Model A

1903 Ford Model A

As you can imagine, the Ford Model A of 1903 had some problems. Engineering problems were fairly commonplace with any automobile built in this very early era. The most common problems were either engine overheating and/or transmission slippage.

The Importance of the 1903 Ford Model A

Making of success of the 1903 Ford Model A was critical to the aspirations of Henry Ford. These were the first automobiles he built for sale. Ford had tried his hand with cars prior to 1903 but met with average success. Not enough success to go into full production.

Ford Model A

Ford Model A

By the time the Model was unveiled Henry Ford’s cash was dwindling fast. On July 15 of 1903 as luck would have it Henry Ford received cash for the full price of one vehicle and down payments for two others. That in itself was enough to keep the Ford Motor Company in business. Therefore, when you look at the 1903 Model A it’s significance cannot overstated. According to Ford Motor,  a red 1903 Model A Rear Entry Tonneau is believed to be car number 3, chassis number. 30, and the lone survivor of the group of Model A cars sold that particular July day in 1903. That particular historic car was purchased by Ford Chairman Bill Ford.

In a way you could say that the 1903 Ford Model A helped launch the company. It’s often been said that Henry Ford and James Couzens had bet the entire company on having product ready and fortunately customers signed up at exactly the moment the cash ran out.

1903 Ford Model A front suspension

1903 Ford Model A front suspension

Between the years 1903 and 1905 the Ford Motor Company built about 1,750 Model A’s in a converted carriage factory in Detroit Michigan and was on firm footing for continued success. The Model A as popular as it was lasted only two years when Henry Ford replaced it with the Model C.

Ford Model A Specs

Although the Model A had somewhat of a horse buggy look to it, these horseless carriages could reach a speed of 30 MPH. Many early automakers came from the carriage building business thus the similarity.

The 1903 Model A had a two cylinder engine which displaced 100 cubic inches. The engine delivered eight horsepower. The car weighed in the area of 1,250 lbs and had a wheelbase of 72 inches. The car’s light weight helped the two cylinder engine deliver ample power.

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Ford Model A 1903

Ford Model A 1903

Something very typical of very these early automobiles is that the driver and passenger sit very high because the engine is mounted under the seat. The drive to the rear wheels is with a chain. A distinctive item which Ford used with his first cars was an actual steering wheel. Other cars at the same time used a tiller like you would with a boat.

From 1903 on, automobile technology was changing fast and by 1905 and 1906 the first Ford Model A’s were mechanically out of date.

The two seat 1903 Ford Model A cost $750 with the four seater selling for $850. The four seat model could also be purchased with an optional roof.

The 1903 Ford Model A Collectors Car

A 1903 Model A received  an excellent bid in auction. The car’s historical significance as detailed above has a lot to do with it’s value for a collector. It represents the first product of the Ford Motor Company. As of this writing a restored 1903 Ford Model A went for around $265,000.

(Photos from author’s collection)