Premium Pre-War Presence: 51k-Mile 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan

  • February 07, 2021
The Rundown
  • 150hp 346ci L-Head V8 Engine
  • Rare & Renowned Hydra-Matic Transmission
  • 51k Seller Stated Miles
  • Prewar GM Styling Landmark
  • CCCA Full Classic Status & Event Eligibility
  • Great Presence, Nicely Preserved
Why We Like It

Designed by Art Ross under Harley Earl’s leadership, the 1941 Cadillac models possess an incomparable blend of style, coupled with first-rate engineering prowess and a excellent drive – even by today’s standards. One Cadillac engine was available for 1941, but the smooth and nearly silent 150 hp 346-cid “flathead” V8 left buyers feeling anything but gratified. With its generous 126-inch wheelbase and independent front suspension, ride and handling characteristics of the various Series 62 models remain quite good, making Cadillacs of the immediate pre-war era great choices for today’s collectors and enthusiasts, especially those who like to enjoy their classics on the open road.

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Rightly recognized as a CCCA (Classic Car Club of America) Full Classic, our subject Series 62 Sedan very nicely represents the marque’s most important model line of the era. According to the seller, current mileage is 50k and they also advise that it’s a great car for touring, with good brakes, lots of power, and a very rare and desirable fully-automatic GM Hydra-Matic transmission, which was introduced in 1940 on Oldsmobiles and then the 1941 Cadillac lines. This advancement marked a quantum leap over competing semi-automatic transmissions like Chrysler’s Fluid Drive and the electro-vacuum “Automatic Hand” preselector-type units used by other higher-end manufacturers of the era. As the seller relates, this Series 62 is “a very reliable car that needs nothing to be enjoyed immediately and could be driven home with confidence.”Premium Pre-War Presence: 51k-Mile 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan00z0z l8Yr5lYMnQwz 0CI0t2 1200x900

Valuation Verdict

Cadillac’s Series 62 line from 1941 is correctly recognized as a true achievement of the immediate prewar years. While further value investigations might certainly be useful, auction results for comparable cars are almost never in the teens, and occasionally crossing the $30k threshold. As such, we feel this fine Cadillac should be considered well-bought at or near the seller’s wallet-friendly asking price, a great entry point into the world of true classic car ownership and enjoyment.

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