1940 Cadillac 40-75 Imperial Sedan 7-Passenger

By 1940 it became obvious that Cadillac's wide-angle V-16, as luxurious and powerful as it was, made no economic sense. The fact that it fit into the chassis and bodies of Cadillac's V-8 powered models meant there was little visually to distinguish the super luxury, hyper expensive V-16 from less costly -- but vastly more profitable -- models. Cadillac had for several years offered the same cataloged bodies in both V-8 and V-16, on the same generous 141 inch wheelbase, with the same caliber of interior appointments, conveniences and accessories. This gorgeous 1940 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Imperial Sedan is an object lesson in the reason the V-16 ended production in 1940. It is a glamorous, luxurious automobile fitted with a division window, jump seats, dual side-mount enclosures, remote spotlight and wide whitewall tires on body color wheels with large hub caps nearly the size of the wheels. It is finished in deep, rich blue with black leather upholstery in the front compartment and tan broadcloth upholstery for the fortunate passengers in the rear. Comprehensively restored, it is an excellent tour car that will be shown with pride and confidence at the end of a day's run. The interior wood, and there is an abundance of it, has been refinished to show the pride and skills of the fitters at Fleetwood. The engine compartment is attractively maintained and orderly. Cadillac sold just 338 Series 75 Fleetwood Imperial Sedans at a factory price of $3,360, $2,060 less than the $5,420 factory price of the comparable V-16, a difference almost sufficient to put a $ 2,195 Series 62 Convertible Sedan in the car barn for warm, sunny weekends. It is an imposing, luxurious automobile, a CCCA Full Classic (tm) that will reward its new owner with participation on CCCA tours and events.

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