1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special Sedan

1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special Sedan

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The trendsetting Cadillac Sixty Special was the first major project from Cadillac chief designer Bill Mitchell under Harley Earl. Based on the mechanicals of the Series 60, it debuted in 1938 with a unique double-dropped frame to accommodate a wider body. It did away with running boards, had front-hinged doors and evolved an integral trunk for a “three-box” sedan silhouette which became the norm. Larger glass area with narrow window frames predicted hardtop styling.

 

Nineteen forty-one would see the last iteration of the first generation Sixty Special, especially significant since Mitchell, who later became head of General Motors design upon Earl’s retirement, premiered many styling touches that would distinguish future Cadillacs such as the new grille, flush headlights and revised hood.  Also notable was the disappearance of side-mounted spare tires, the fender skirts made standard and the fuel filler underneath the flip-up left taillight. It was an eventful year for Cadillac, with the dropping of the V-16 engine, and introducing as options the Hydra-Matic, the world’s first fully automatic transmission, as well as an early air conditioning system. Factory records indicate this car was delivered new to the Gerrish & Edmunds dealership in Poughkeepsie, New York.

  • YEAR & MAKE - 1941 Cadillac
  • MODEL NAME - Series 60
  • SERIES - Special Sedan 
  • BODY TYPE - 4-Door 6-Passenger Sedan 
  • BODY BY - Fleetwood
  • # CYLS. - L-Head V-8
  • TRANSMISSION TYPE & NUMBER - 3-Speed Selective Synchromesh, Rear-Wheel Drive 
  • WEIGHT - 4,239 lbs
  • ESTIMATED PRODUCTION - 3,693
  • HP - 150
  • C.I.D. - 346
  • WHEELBASE - 126″
  • PRICE NEW - $2,195
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