West Coast Classics are proud to present an amazing "barn find" (Garage really!) and fantastic very original and unrestored example of this great daily driving and original southern California 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Door Coupe with it's original 346 c.i. Flathead V8 engine which runs magnificently matched to its original "smooth as butter" 3 spd manual transmission. The car boasts its original 'El Centro Green Metallic' (Paint 55) color paint which will obviously need repainting and it's original 'Green Ribbed Cloth' (Trim 33) interior which will also need restoring. There is oxidation but no rust on the car. The car still boasts it's original rear selling dealer 'Ridings Cadillac' of Long Beach, CA license frames.This was one of the sweetest rides you could by in 1941. Imagine the looks back in the day, to drive a sporty luxury coupe and these prestigious Cadillac Coupe models were all of that and more.
In 1940, Cadillac released a new line, the Series 62, which replaced 1939's Series 61. It was referred to as the 'Torpedo Body' and was the last full year of production before the Second World War in 1941 saw sweeping changes and a major expansion of Cadillac's line. After 1940, the LeSalle was discontinued and the legendary V16 engine was gone, all models now used the same 346 cu in V8 introduced in 1936 although improved with a power boost and which was now rated at 150 bhp. The '41 Cadillac's introduced the rectangular egg-crate grille that would become the marque's trademark and the hood ornament goddess was new and served as a hood-release handle. The fastback 2 door sedan models were reminiscent of the aerodynamic coupes of the 1930's and were called simply coupes and came in either standard or deluxe trim versions.
You will be hard pressed to find anyone to dispute that the 1941 Cadillac is one of the most elegant automobiles ever to roll off the GM assembly line. More than 60 years later they are one of the few such models still as attractive today as they were to buyers when new. Of all the elegant models produced on 3 different wheelbases, this particular Series 62 Coupe was built on a 126 inch wheelbase channel section frame with a central X crossmember. Inside bench seats dressed in Green color wool broadcloth seat four comfortably and the car boasts a woodgrain instrument panel that houses the standard array of gauges in a beautiful period Art Deco theme with its original AM radio positioned in the center of the panel. The clock matching the speedometer dresses up the passenger side and the car has original factory added options of both the AM Radio ($69.50) and Heater ($59.50-$65).
Moving this nearly 4,000 pound coupe is its original 346 cu in Flathead V8 mated to its original standard column shift 3 speed manual transmission which featured synchronized second and third gears. This rare Cadillac will still run down the road at freeway speeds with no hesitation, she has no wobbles or creaks. This car is an all steel California car. She has been in a private collection in a controlled environment awaiting restoration for many years. Please keep in mind that few of these rare Coupe's built in 1941 remain, the last full year of production before the war, making these particular cars extremely collectible and prized amongst Cadillac enthusiasts.
This particular example was sold new in Long Beach, CA and has been owned by its long time southern California collector owner for many years awaiting restoration in its original 'El Centro Green Metallic' striking color along with its white wall tires and Cadillac wheels. The broadcloth interior is perfectly functional but in need of restoration as is the paint. The floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas are solid and rust-free and the car has no signs of any accidents and all the chromework is in fair condition with only pitting and no dents and the original spare wheel and white wall tire with it's jack is in the trunk. The original 346 V8 engine is extremely strong and powerful and this particular car drives magnificently - must be driven to be believed - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will give any modern day car a run for it's money!
This is a rare opportunity to own a great daily driving yet unrestored mostly all original example of an obviously always garaged and rust free 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe and definitely a car you can drive and enjoy before restoring and an ideal candidate to restore for the enthusiast. An undisputed very rare, highly desirable, collectible and unabused example of one of the outstanding designs of the early forties pre-war art deco period automobiles and these high quality luxury cars were built to be able to complete long distances both quickly, powered by Cadillac's larger version of it's faithful flathead V8 and in the utmost of luxury!
This is one very desirable pre-war classic car in superb running condition for any classic American car enthusiast to drive and enjoy and ultimately restore; a very honest and unabused yet unrestored example of an original southern California 1941 Cadillac Series 62 2 Door Coupe for any classic American car or Cadillac enthusiast!