'Elegant' barely begins to describe Cadillac's 1941 models. Harley Earl's design staff introduced substantially new bodies for '41 with distinctive new grilles for the first time without a vertical center element and instead using dramatic, strong horizontal chrome elements that extended from fender-to-fender, subtle eggcrate verticals, widened fenders with integrated headlights and fog lights, strong chrome hood side vents and triple chrome spears on the pontoon front fenders that no longer provided for sidemounted spares.
The extended rear fenders featured skirts over the rear wheels highlighted by Cadillac emblems at the wheel centers. It was strong, emphatic design that, as GM designer David Holls has noted, had great 'road value', instant recognition as a Cadillac at a glance on the road.
This 1941 Cadillac Series 62 is the convertible sedan body, the last year for a 4-door convertible for Cadillac and one of only about 400 built.
Finished in dark green with green and tan leather upholstery and interior trim, tan cloth top piped in green and green carpets, it is a CCCA Senior National First Prize and AACA National First Prize winning older restoration with all the features that make the 1941 Cadillac so desirable: heater, radio, defroster, clock, tan cloth top boot, driver's remotely operated spotlight, sombrero hubcaps and radial wide whitewall tires.
Subsequent to its show days it has been used actively on CCCA CARavans and other tours and is dialed in and proven on the road. Its utility for tours is enhanced by the 3-speed manual transmission, a desirable alternative to the GM Hydramatic offered for the first time in the '41 Cadillacs.
Comprehensively restored and beautifully maintained, it is an excellent example of one of the most important design years in Cadillac history, enhanced by the adaptability and utility of the rare 4-door convertible sedan coachwork.