War was already on the horizon even as 1941 models were introduced in September 1940 in North America. The United States was already shifting to war-related production, economic activity that was clearing out the last malaise of the Great Depression and renewing the automobile market. Cadillac’s new designs featured a lower alligator hood, tapering trunks and streamlined fenders. The headlights were recessed into the fenders flanking a bold eggcrate grille and both front and rear fenders were accented with three slim chrome spears. Running boards had virtually disappeared. Under the hood Cadillac’s V-8 engine was rated at 150hp. Cadillac’s B-body offering for 1941 was the Series 61, introduced to replace La Salle after that brand was discontinued. The sedan was distinguished by its tapered, beautiful, elegant fastback rear, similar to the aerodynamic coupes of the 1930s.
This beautiful 1941 Cadillac Series 61 is a two-door sedanette finished in maroon with a tan cloth interior. It has steel wheels with Cadillac hubcaps, wide whitewall tires, rear fender skirts with Cadillac crests, a three-speed manual transmission, radio, heater and dash clock. A strong restored example, it features redone seats, older (probably original) door panels, beautifully refinished wood grain on the dash and door tops and spotless plastic finish on the steering wheel. The paint, chrome and panel fit are all very strong, and the engine bay is clean and detailed. The graceful fastback styling, manual transmission and solid condition of this classic Series 61 make it nicely suited to tours and long, casual drives where it will draw admiration from onlookers while providing driver and passengers with Cadillac’s characteristic blend of comfort and smooth but impressive performance.
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