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Lot 426: Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan

Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, Bonhams (3 June 2012)

Styled under the direction of Cadillac chief designer and Harley Earl protégé Bill Mitchell, the bold and fresh 1941 Cadillacs enjoyed record sales. The smoothly sculpted cars sparkled with chrome accents that artfully enhanced their flowing lines, and the grid motif of their new horizontal grille remains a signature Cadillac design attribute to this day. The '41 Caddy was one of the most modern cars of its time. Standard features included sealed beam headlamps, 15-inch wheels, and fore-and-aft turn signals. Lifting the massive and beautifully sculpted flying goddess hood ornament unlatched the hood. The left tail lamp housing flipped up to reveal the fuel filler capa trick that would mystify gas station attendants for years to come. A powerful, 150hp L-head V8 provided motivation while two transmission options were available: a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, a new Cadillac option for 1941, or a standard 3-speed manual. The latter transmission option is featured on this lot. Presented here is a 1941 Series 62 Convertible Sedan, an example of the only open 4-door Cadillac offered that year. Just 400 were built and they would be the last production Cadillac sedan convertibles. This car was the subject of a thorough and authentic restoration about 20 years ago. It has held up well and the car has continued to score very highly in CCCA judging. Finished in luxurious black paint with complementary red leather inside, this car featured an especially deluxe interior trimmed by Fleetwood artisans, a standard feature in the 1941 Cadillac Convertible Sedan. Stylishly detailed leather seats added to the richness while the completely new Art Moderne instrument panel delighted drivers and passengers alike. The Convertible Sedan is just as appealing top up or down. Posts between the side windows were designed to be easily removable and the folded top rests in a deep well, allowing for a very sleek open appearance. Today these cars have a large following due to their modern driving characteristics and reliability, a combination that makes them excellent touring cars. The fact the top goes down is, of course, a delightful added benefit. Supported by a strong network of knowledgeable enthusiasts and suppliers, they are a great entry into Classic Car Club of America tours and events.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Greenwich, Connecticut
TypeCar
Lot Number426
Estimate$60000-$80000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$55000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$60000
Year1941
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Mileage-
Chassis number8361683
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Number of doors4