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346 cu in V8
3 Speed Manual
  • 346 cubic inch Cadillac Monobloc V8
  • 3-speed manual transmission
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Wool broadcloth interior
  • The beneficiary of a ground-up restoration
  • Awarded Excellence in Class honors at the 2015 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
  • Awarded Best of Show honors at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Muscle Beach Party Grand Invitational
  • Sales includes both of the car's awards

SUMMARY

* The beneficiary of a ground-up restoration
* Awarded Excellence in Class honors at the 2015 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
* Awarded Best of Show honors at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Muscle Beach Party Grand Invitational
* 346 cubic inch Cadillac Monobloc V8
* Wool broadcloth interior
* 3-speed manual transmission
* 15-inch steel wheels
* Sales includes both of the car's awards

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There's nothing like assuming the helm of a pre-war Cadillac, a car from an era when General Motors was at the top of its game in terms of design, engineering and performance. Unfortunately, top-notch vintage Cadillacs that are ready to drive AND show are becoming increasingly hard to find. The factory perfect cars tend to be locked in padded garages and only allowed to see the light of day during concours-level events. And the field-dwelling project cars are aging almost as fast as the cost of restoring them is increasing. But every once in a while a nice, road-ready cruiser like this super cool Series 62 pulls in to our showroom and stops everyone dead in their tracks. Combining the best aspects of legendary Motor City style with a skilled and thorough restoration, this national award-winning coupe is the perfect classic for any enthusiast who wants to ooze old school swagger!

BODYWORK

1 of only 1,985 Series 62 coupes built for the 1941 model year, this stunning Cadillac was assembled in Detroit just prior to U.S. involvement in World War II, and shipped directly to Seattle. The car's 1941-exclusive facade, penned by General Motors legend Harley Earl, is often cited as a favorite by Ed Welburn, much lauded and recently retired GM Vice President of Global Design. That façade wears a nicely seasoned restoration that was likely conducted before the car started spending sunny days in Florida. Speaking of the Sunshine State, the Caddy's short stint there was under the ownership of a very meticulous enthusiast who formerly worked as an artistic engraver for Tiffany & Co. And today, it rolls as a stunning Art Deco head turner that, on its way to logging 73,508 miles, picked up Excellence in Class honors at the 9th Annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.

ENGINE

As one of the world's leading proprietors of fine, Cadillac knows a thing or two about refinement. For example, this coupe's 346 cubic inch Monobloc V8, in which the engine's cylinders and crankcase were cast as a single unit, was good enough to help win World War II and serve as the brand's premier motivation for close to 20 years. And while the wreath-and-crest boys would, like the rest of Detroit, eventually build their engines around a locus of power, this mill was designed to idle silently, create instantaneous thrust and emit merely a whisper from its tailpipe. At the top of the Deep Green block, a traditional oil bath air cleaner funnels wind in to a small Stromberg carburetor. That carburetor feeds a correct, cast iron intake that's seated between stamped valve covers and eight AC Delco spark plugs. At the back of those covers, a petite distributor sequences fire through eight correct wires. Beneath those wires, cast iron exhaust manifolds frame a tagged Delco-Remy starter. In front of those manifolds, an old school radiator sends coolant around a tagged Delco-Remy generator and vintage AC fuel components. And everything, from the car's clean washer reservoir to its freshly decaled oil filter, displays an overall period-correct appearance.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Take a look under this cruiser and you'll find a fully sorted chassis that's clean, protected and ready to roll. The car's sturdy X-frame, tough as an old school train trestle, presents a correct shade of Satin Black pigment. A correct 3-speed transmission, rebuilt along with the car's engine, spins a correct, factory-style rear end. In front of that drivetrain, control arms and coil springs remain just as they looked back in 1941. And the same holds true behind that drivetrain, where leafs and a solid axle maintain ride height and add ample grip. Requisite drum brakes do an excellent job of bringing 4,060 pounds of steel to a casual pause. There's a mandatory single-pipe exhaust system. And everything rides on 15-inch, color-keyed wheels that spin fresh 7.00R15 Yokohama LT Radial whitewalls around polished, Cadillac-branded hubcaps.

INTERIOR

Between the doors, this Series 62's tailored interior features a perfect blend of classic comfort and traditional American luxury. The plush bench seats, proudly advertising both the car's Fisher and Fleetwood coach builders, have been stuffed with firm padding and decked in French-stitched wool broadcloth. In front of those seats, a dappled dash hangs tasteful factory telemetry around a chrome-trimmed AM radio. Below that dash, muted carpet floats “Cadillac” branded floor mats under factory foot pedals and “CADILLAC” branded sills. At the sides of that carpet, wool door panels hang chrome handles and straight stainless trim beneath dappled window frames. In front of the driver, a vintage Cadillac steering wheel spins a dash of chrome inside a dash of color. And behind the passengers, a large trunk is complete with a full-size spare tire.

AWARDS

* Excellence in Class at the 9th Annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
* Best of Show at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Muscle Beach Party Grand Invitational

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ACCESSORIES

* The car's Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance Excellence in Class award
* The car's Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance Excellence in Class ribbon
* The car's Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance display board
* The car's Fort Lauderdale Muscle Beach Party Best of Show trophy

The Old World produces some very nice cars, but there's no piece that says “you've made it” better than a pre-war Cadillac. This national award-winning Series 62 had a crowd of us standing around simply marveling at its substantial style and excellent lines. If you're looking for a spectacular classic that you can drive AND enjoy, don't miss the chance to claim this classy Caddy!

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