Introduced in 1938, the Cadillac Sixty Special was Bill Mitchell’s first project as head of Cadillac and LaSalle styling, and became one of the most influential designs ever to come from Detroit. Built on a double-drop frame, it sat three inches lower to the ground than other Cadillacs and was even low enough that it could do away with running boards. Its distinctive notchback roofline and skirted rear fenders visually distinguished it from other sedans as well. Originally slated to be a LaSalle sport sedan, the car was deemed too expensive and that a Cadillac badge would be more appropriate. The Sixty Special’s success as a design was immediately apparent in the numbers. In its first year, the Sixty Special outsold every other Cadillac line, including the less expensive Series 60. Beginning in 1940, the Sixty Special was Fleetwood marketed, received higher quality and more expensive trim, and replaced the Series 70 at the top of the range of Cadillac’s owner-driven models.
This 1941 Cadillac Sixty Special is from the last year for the first series of cars designed by Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell and built at the Fleetwood plant. Now with front fenders extending into the front pair of its four doors, its cool, elegant design represented the pinnacle of Cadillac refinement. Finished in dark blue, it has a correct grey striped cloth interior, whitewall tires, full hub caps, rear fender skirts and a four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission coupled to Cadillac’s 150 horsepower 346 cubic inch V-8. Interior appointments include a beautiful woodgrain dash and door trim, dash clock, radio, heater and a robe rail on the back of the front seat. The paint, chrome and interior all present very well as expected from a Classic Car Club of America National First Prize winner. Finely presented, this very pretty Sixty Special with past concours credentials would be ideal for tours or other long, casual drives. In addition to its fine condition, Cadillac's blend of reliability, comfort and power complement the influential design of this 1941 Sixty Special.