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25 July 2015

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Lot 114

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

  • Engine no. 8348371
  • Body no. 954

Sold for $82,500


150 bhp, 346 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, Hotchkiss semi-floating rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in.

  • One of the most desirable Cadillacs of its era
  • Optional Hydra-Matic transmission
  • Documented by a copy of its original build sheet
  • CCCA Full Classic


It has rightly been said that, in terms of aesthetics, Cadillac was to 1941 what Cord was to 1937, what Duesenberg was to 1929, and what LaSalle was to 1927. Overall, the entire 1941 Cadillac model lineup possessed a truly wonderful style and grace, coupled with the marque’s characteristically advanced engineering that was seldom seen in competing products.

Visually, the 1941 Cadillac was a masterpiece of subtle, flowing curves that began with a bold and distinctive grille design. The renowned egg-crate texture of the front grille is accredited to sketches made by Arthur Ross and refined to a flatter look by Harley Earl. The flat, chromed grille and domed hood were dominant, with two new styling concepts available, including the horizontal valance enclosing the space between the bodywork and the bumpers and the front fender wind-split creases beginning at the headlamps and extending horizontally back along each rear flank of the body. The sole available engine, Cadillac’s refined 346-cubic inch V-8, delivered remarkably silent and smooth operation, 150 horsepower, and plenty of torque. Ride and handling characteristics remain quite good, even by today’s standards, making Cadillacs of the immediate pre-war era excellent choices for collectors and enthusiasts who enjoy driving.

One of the most renowned Cadillacs of the 1940s, the 1941 Series 62 Convertible Coupe presented here was subject to a professional restoration some time ago and was finished in a well-mannered shade of burgundy with matching leather interior. Top-down fun is possible thanks to the snugly fitting and correct tan Haartz cloth top. Although this car shows some signs of aging, they are nothing out of the ordinary for a restoration of this age and quality, especially for a car that has been driven on several touring events.

The year 1941 marked the first in Cadillac history that an automatic transmission was offered, and this lucky example is one of the few fitted with the $125 factory option. Additionally, the convertible top was raised and lowered by vacuum-assisted cylinders, unlike previous models that had hand-operated tops. Today, this Series 62 is perfectly suited for an owner who wants to appreciate this classic car as it was originally intended—for stylish, open-air cruising on a nice summer day or at any of the CCCA CARavans and events.

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Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more