Lot 351 - 1940 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan
|Result||Sold - £1,232|
Of all the automobiles of the late pre-war era, few were as beautiful as the Cadillac Sixty Special of 1938-41 and none were more significant from the standpoint of styling. Back in 1936, Cadillac had introduced not just a new model, but a new class of motorcar; more luxurious, more powerful and more expensive than the Packard One-Twenty and the other 'premium' medium-priced cars. As the new model began to take shape, some Cadillac officials became nervous. Don Ahrens, Head of Sales at the time, later recalled his own misgivings: ""I do not need to remind automobile men"", he had said, ""that the Cadillac market is ultra-conservative"". To the original single model, two variants were added for 1939. One of these featured a sun roof, while the other was a formal Imperial type, complete with divider window. And by 1940 there was even a pair of Sixty Special town cars, offering a choice of leather or metal-backed roof. For 1940, Series 61 was replaced by Series 62, featuring the 'Projectile' or 'torpedo' bodies. The one-year-only Series 72 was introduced as a less expensive companion to the series 75, with 1940 being the final year for optional side-mounted spare wheels. Cadillac had settled on the 346-cid version of the mono-bloc V-8 for all its eight-cylinder models except LaSalle beginning in 1937. Rated at 135 horsepower at 3400rpm, the 346 had five more horses than the 1935 V-8 and 10 more than the one-year-only 322-cid mono-bloc.
This 1940 example is finished in green coachwork and was purchased from Norway and imported into the United Kingdom by Marvel Film Studios in 2010 for filming of Captain America- the First Avenger. Sold strictly as a restoration project and used as a non moving background car, this rewarding project will make a fabulous art deco style Cadillac when completed and should make a good long term investment. Supplied with the documentation required to register the car after restoration and obtain an MoT test certificate, it is also supplied with a certificate of authenticity by Marvel Studios confirming its involvement in the filming of Captain America- the First Avenger.
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