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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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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See the 1958 Cadillac Coupe De Ville / Specs, Photos and History

Take a good look at the fins on this 1958 Cadillac Coupe De Ville and you just know this car had to be from the fifties.The next year, 1959, the tail fins on the Cadillac would be even more pronounced. You could call the 1950's the decade of the car fins, especially the latter half. Our featured 58 Coupe De Ville comes with a fine two toned color scheme.

1958 cadillac coupe de ville specifications

1958 cadillac Coupe De Ville

Cadillac really established their name for luxury automobiles during the 1930's. In fact, Cadillac was the first manufacturer to mass produce the V-16. The first Cadillac V-16 was a combination of two Buick V-8's.

By the 1950's they pretty much were the leader in the luxury car category. Much of this had to do with changes beginning after 1940  when Cadillac dropped the LaSalle. From that point on they concentrated on prestige cars. Another was the tail fins in 1948. All of this paid dividends for Cadillac after they entered the 1950's.

During the 1950's owning a Cadillac car was an expression of the prosperity that the nation experienced after the end of World War Two. During the 1950's owning a Cadillac implied instant status. Cadillac had a luxury name recognition not even enjoyed by Imperial and Lincoln.

The Cadillac Coupe De Ville

The very first Cadillac Coupe De Ville (sometimes spelled de Ville or Deville) entered the scene late in the 1949 model year at the Autorama. This was a luxury vehicle with leather seats and chrome bows in the headliner that gave the interior roof the look of a convertible. Sales were considered good for 1949 and doubled each of the following two years.

Changes to the 1958 Cadillacs

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Front end face lift for 1958

The 1958 Cadillacs received a facelift from the previous model year. One such change was plenty more chrome. Another change was a grille with a wider insert and new bumper guards. This was also the year of the quad head lamps.

All of the De Ville models were available with cruise control (also offered on Chryslers and Imperials that year), a high-pressure cooling system, a radio with two speakers, and an automatic parking brake release.

The 1958 Coupe De Ville came from the 62 sub-series. Cadillac's Series 62 automobiles were produced from 1940 through 1964. In 1958 Cadillac offered nine different body styles on their Series 62 automobiles.

1958 Was Not A Good Year

Cadillac felt the results of the 1958 recession. Sales were weak. Total model production was about 121,000 vehicles that was the lowest since 1954. To give you some perspective, Cadillac produced a total of 140,000 vehicles for the 1955 model year. Out of that total 1958 number, Coupe De Villes represented 18,400 units. Sedan De Villes were more with 24,000 built.

1958 Cadillac Coupe De Ville Specifications

The 1958 Coupe De Ville was produced with a 365 cubic inch V-8 that produced 188 HP. The engine had a single four barrel carburetor.

1950's cadillac tail finsTransmission was a Hydra-Matic automatic.

Dimensions for this automobile included a wheelbase of 129.5 inches, an overall outside length of 221.8 inches, a width of 79.5 inches, and a weight of 4,700 lbs.

The 1958 Coupe De Ville had a new car price of about $5,200.

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There is no question that many of the Cadillac models produced during the 1950's were beauties. Detractors at the time may have thought the cars were too big, too much metal and chrome, etc. Looking back now, perhaps some of this was true, however it was also true with other nameplates. The fact remains that Cadillac produced some great classics during the decade.

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58 Cadillac dashboard

Just to name a few of the great Cadillac classics, consider the 1931 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton, the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado and the 1955 Cadillac Coupe. An excellent website for classic Cadillac owners and/or enthusiasts is www.classic-cadillac.com.

1958 Cadillac Coupe De Ville's in excellent restored condition have strong valuations. You might find these in the range of $30,000 to $60,000. Some higher. Non-restored  models can be at just about any price depending on condition, even well under $10,000. On the higher end of the 1958 Cadillac line would be the Eldorado Brougham where we've seen an asking price approaching $150,000.

Some excellent research material regarding Cadillac automobile's during the 1950's include...Cadillac : An Illustrated Guide to 1950 Thru 1959 Motor Cars by Roy A. Schneider. Another is Cars of the 1950's by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. Yet another is Complete Book of Collectible Cars by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide.

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1937 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 Limousine / Photos and Specs

Featured in this article is an automobile you don't see too often these days...a 1937 Cadillac Limousine. The automobile has a 346 cubic inch V-8 with a three speed manual gearbox, suicide doors and can carry seven passengers.

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37 Cadillac Fleetwood

Cadillac's Series 75

Introduced in 1937, Cadillac’s new Series 75 included eleven Fleetwood body styles ranging from coupes and convertibles to a seven-passenger touring sedan / limousine. This new Series 75 unveiled by Cadillac caught on fast with luxury car buyers and gave Packard some stiff competition. By 1941 the Fleetwood Series 75 was Cadillac's flagship automobile.

A new, broader, die-cast “ egg crate ” grille was fitted. This type styling  would become a standard feature on Cadillac models for many years. Two sets of three small horizontal chrome trim pieces placed in the catwalk area between the fenders and the grille added emphasis to the Cadillac’s wider stance. In addition to this, there were newly styled, large bullet-shaped front fenders that provided a sophisticated yet aggressive look. The Cadillac Series 75 were considered solid, well built automobiles.

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Cadillac Series 75

The Story of Fleetwood Body

Fleetwood Metal Body Company was founded in 1909 in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. The best description of the work done and the popularity of the Fleetwood Metal Body Company was printed in a February 1920 issue of the Reading (PA) Eagle. See the excerpt below...

"The Fleetwood Metal Body Company, makers of strictly high grade custom automobile bodies, is justly the pride of the Borough of Fleetwood. It furnishes employment to 375 people. The pres­ent force is inadequate to the demand of the output of the plant. In the past five months orders to a total of more than $2 million have been re­fused by the company owing to the fact the out­put of the plant is already contracted for well into '21. Almost daily letters are received from firms, corporations and individuals offering a creditable bonus for the acceptance of an order of high grade automobile bodies.

"The chassis of a Packard, Pierce Arrow, Cadillac or some other superb make is sent to them accompanied by complete instructions as to the kind of body wanted. In many cases, no de­tails are omitted. The selection of color and the material to be used in the luxurious upholstery of the interior being chosen with the greatest of care. The great. proportion of the cars are built for those whose abundant means justify the grati­fying of any whim and the special touch of ex­clusiveness has always been the aim of the Fleet­wood Company as time and again it has won unstinted praise and approval. Andrew Carnegie, the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers have all been users of Fleetwood cars while Mary Pickford, Theda Bara, Harold Lockwood, Andrew Pierson and other shining lights of motion picturedom have been loud in their praise of the lines and the finish of the cars built especially for them. Their product has been sent to every part of the world including California, South America and Europe".

Fleetwood was acquired by Fisher Body in 1925 and relocated to Detroit, Michigan. Fleetwood was made a part of General Motors in 1931 and eventually became a Cadillac model itself. The Fleetwood name continued for many decades, often referring to limited and low-production styles.

1937 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine Specifications

The 1937 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine had a  346 cubic inch Monobloc Flathead V-8 engine that delivered 135 horsepower. As an historical side note, Cadillac was the first automaker to mass produce the V-8 engine. At this time Cadillac was also producing V-12 and V-16 engines.

Transmission was a three speed manual.

Wheelbase was 156.0 inches, length 240.0 inches, width 77.8 inches and height 69.4 inches.

Cadillac production for 1937 was 14,150 vehicles out of which 4,230 were Series 75 models.

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cadillac limousine 1930'sCadillac Limousine enthusiasts will want to find the book...Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Series Limousines 37-87 by authors Thomas A. McPherson and Walter M.P. McCall. Another good book is..Cadillac: 100 Years of Innovation by Angelo Van Bogart.

Cadillac Series 75 Collector Automobiles

As mentioned above, the Cadillac Series 75 models were popular and well built automobiles. They remain popular collector cars and the 1937 Series 75 Limousine featured in this article is rare.

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If you locate one of these Cadillac limousine models for sale, and they are indeed very rare, the asking price will vary greatly due to originality, condition and degree of restoration if any. Originality would obviously be one of the rarest attributes for an automobile from 1937.

As of this writing we see one Series 75 limousine with an automatic transmission and Chevy 350 engine and an asking price of $17,500. Restored and highly original 1937 Fleetwood models might have asking prices in the $30,000 range to the six figures range depending on the body style. One example would be a totally restored 1937 Cadillac Fleetwood 7539 Town Sedan with an asking price of $70,000.

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