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Sunday, August 15, 2010

1941 Cadillac 427 Series 61


Registration no: EU taxes paid Chassis no: 8345979 Price: Refer Department By the end of the 1930s the Cadillac company, jewel in the crown of the General Motors group, had survived the stormy waters of the Wall Street Crash and the Depression which followed it. The survival was largely due to a process of rationalisation in terms of the number of models produced and the astute realisation that the world which had supported the huge V12 and V16 Cadillac ranges with their unique coachbuilt bodies had disappeared for ever. All Cadillac cars for the 1939 season and beyond used the same engine, a very refined five-litre V8, and most of the bodies were beautifully designed by the in-house stylists of Fisher and Co. The 61 series was conceived as a luxurious owner-driver car with very elegant four-door coachwork which in England would have been described as a sports saloon. By the 1941 season engine output had increased to 150 horsepower, giving the cars a more than spritely turn of speed, and the chassis with its three-speed plus reverse gearbox was considered remarkable for its manoeuvrability. The 1941 car we are offering today has clearly led a cosseted life both before and after its detailed refurbishment some ten years ago; the structure of the coachwork is strikingly sound, with excellent shut-lines, and the paint, superbly executed in Monaco Blue, is still in excellent order. It is on the interior, though, that one sees the real quality of the car, and the upholstery, in supplest grey cloth, remains among the most inviting interiors of any car built. American cars always specialised in superbly-crafted creature comforts and close inspection of this example reveals burr walnut-effect dash and door cappings, beautifully executed closers for the quarter lights, a very sophisticated heater, a radio on the chrome-covered dash, and the most elaborate ashtrays. It’s a luxurious, hushed environment we’re all familiar with from many a black and white movie, and is usually seen as a backdrop for Bette Davis, agonising in a mink coat… This motor car, until recently, formed part of a well regarded high quality US private collection and will prior to the sale be serviced and is expected to be offered with a new MOT certificate. All European taxes are paid with the appropriate documents confirming this, ready for registration and in free circulation within the EU.


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