The arrival of Cadillac’s Series 62 marked a significant turning point for General Motors’ flagship marque. The upright grilles and running boards of the Classic Era were finally put to bed, as the Series 62 debuted a fresh and modern new look created by Harley Earl and his team in General Motors’ prolific styling department. The headlights sat in pontoon-style fenders flanking a low and wide horizontal grille. The broad-shouldered body eliminated the need for exterior running boards which in-turn gave the car a sleek and clean profile. Flowing lines and finely-judged detailing tied the design together with Harley Earl’s typical restrained flair. Aesthetically speaking, it was one of the most important designs in Cadillac history – often compared with other ground-breaking American automobiles like the Cord 810, Duesenberg J, and Earl’s own 1927 LaSalle.
Under the skin was Cadillac’s L-head “Monobloc” V8 engine which served Cadillac well through multiple evolutions. The 1941 iteration displaced 346 cubic-inches and developed an impressive 150 horsepower. For the first time in a Cadillac, buyers could opt for the new Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. The company produced more than 24,000 Series 62s across a range of five distinct body styles. Of those, the costly Convertible Sedan (model 6229D) is one of the rarest, with just 400 examples built. The elegant proportions of the four-door convertible body combine with the fresh front-end styling to create one of the most appealing and handsome cars of the early 1940s. With the powerful V8, automatic gearbox, and independent front suspension, the Series 62 is also one of the best driving cars of the period. Also, the Series 62 enjoys Full Classic status in the Classic Car Club of America and is therefore eligible to participate in CARavan tours and club shows and events. Coveted for its exceptional road manners, well-sorted examples such as our featured car are highly sought-after among Classic Era touring enthusiasts.
Elegantly presented in black over oxblood red leather, this 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan is a marvelous example of the breed. Most recently in the care of an active CCCA member, this car presents in superb condition inside and out. This magnificent motorcar is a former AACA National First Prize award winner, and it has proven to be a faithful companion on numerous tours all around the US and Canada. Past owners include several noted collectors, including Bob Weber of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who sold the car to in the mid-1990s to Jim Miller of Baden, Ontario. It was then acquired by the late J.D. Legue, also of Ontario. In Mr. Legue’s care, he had the exterior refinished, a new canvas top fitted, and the engine rebuilt and dialed-in for touring and road events. Purchased by the current owner in 2010, the Cadillac has continued to be cherished and maintained in top condition.
The deep black paintwork is outstanding, with straight panels and precise body fit. Brightwork presents in excellent order, with a mix of older restored parts and excellent originals showing only some minor hazing and surface imperfections on close inspection. It sits proudly on the road, rolling on correct red-painted wheels with full wheel covers and wide whitewall tires. This car is equipped with nearly every factory option including fog lamps, pillar-mounted searchlight, reverse light, fender skirts, full wheel covers, windscreen washer, radio, and heater. The doors shut with satisfying solidity, demonstrating the exceptional quality that defined Cadillac for so many years.
Complementing the beautiful exterior is a luxurious, oxblood red interior. The leather trim, while older, has taken on a charming character that suits this car’s road-ready nature quite well. The seats are in excellent condition, with an inviting, attractive patina to the leather surfaces. Carpets are in similarly fine order, appearing older with some minor wear but overall very clean and tidy. Original options like the radio and heater/defroster are in place. The canvas top is in excellent condition as well, with roll-up safety glass windows fitting snugly against the frame to create a cozy, weather-tight cabin.
The 346 cubic inch Monobloc V8 runs strong and is authentically detailed using period-appropriate wiring, hardware, and fittings. Finish quality on the block, accessories, and even the porcelain manifolds is excellent. The Hydra-Matic transmission shifts well, and the car performs beautifully on the road, with a useful 150 horsepower on tap. Powerful hydraulic brakes and independent front suspension make it a pleasure to drive in all conditions.
This exceptional and rare convertible sedan is ready for its next custodian to enjoy its exquisite quality and character in shows and road events. With ground-breaking styling, a powerful engine and highly refined chassis, the Cadillac Series 62 stands as one of the great icons of the late Classic Era.