Beautifully crafted, luxurious and loaded with advanced tech/features, the 1941 Cadillac 62 Series Convertible was one of the finest vehicles of its era. Well heeled customers would shun Rolls-Royce and Mercedes if they could get the Caddy instead. To many, this was perfection.
Designed by a young Harley Earl whose 1938 60 Special, with the help of Bill Mitchell, had already set the automotive world abuzz — the styling on the ‘41 was all new; it had a lower and more modern look, the ‘coffin’ style bonnet featured the Goddess of Speed Mascot, the ‘torpedo’ style body was reminiscent of the aerodynamic coupes of the Thirties, moving the headlights into the fenders was a nice touch, and with lashings of chrome to help it stand out this was one of the most elegant and tasteful cars on the road. The egg-crate grille became a Cadillac trademark and it was given a horizontal valance that enclosed the space between the body and the front bumper. Overall it was miles ahead of its rivals. Earl had definitely knocked this, Cadillac’s last convertible saloon, out of the park. Coachbuilders Fisher and Fleetwood created the convertible by modifying the existing saloon. They shortened the rear doors, extended the rear quarters, the B- and C-pillars were supported by brawny, steel braces and the chassis was substantially strengthened too. The electrically powered top made use of a series of vacuum operated cylinders (watching it open and close mesmerised many) and for the first time since 1926 all Cadillac’s that year were powered by a 346 cubic inch (5.6-litre) V8 which made 150 horsepower. It was mated to new Hydra-Matic three-speed transmission and this combination could propel the 2,000kg land yacht from 0-100kph in 14 seconds with a top speed of 160kph.
Just 400 out of the 24,000 62 Series cars Cadillac built that year had the convertible body style and naturally, this makes them pretty much impossible to find today. Do so and you can expect to fork out over Dh400,000 for the privilege.