1940 Cadillac Series 40 -75 Convertible CoupeSOLD
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Estimate: $100,000-$150,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $110,000

Series 75, 135hp 346 cu. in. L-head 90º V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front with coil springs and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 141"

By the end of the 1930s Cadillac had clearly become the leader in both sales and styling in the luxury car market. William “ Bill ” Mitchell became the supervisor of the Cadillac Studio in 1937 and succeeded Harley Earl. Soon his group ’ s stylish prototypes would become the basis of Cadillac ’ s 1940-1947 models and directly influence all the other General Motors divisions.

Fleetwood ’ s twelve models in the Series 75 bore the same body shells from 1938 through 1940. In 1940, the Series 75 models were outwardly identical to the last year of the 90-Series V16 Cadillac. This was also the last year the Series 75 was available in a full range of models. The 1940 Convertible Coupe was known as Style 40-7567.

Like all the Series 75 models the Convertible Coupe was fitted with Cadillac ’ s 140bhp, 346 cubic inch L-head inline eight-cylinder engine with a three-speed selective synchromesh transmission. With power equivalent to Cadillac ’ s V16, it is easy to understand why the eight cylinder motor replaced this multi-cylinder unit in 1941.

Advertised as Cadillac-Fleetwoods, there was a new massive die-cast grille and the front and rear bumpers were lettered with “ Cadillac ” in a modern script. Running boards were now optional and the turn signal lights were incorporated into the running lights. The burled walnut finish on the dash was highlighted by a central chrome grille pattern, inspired by the styling of the front grille and cowl vents. Wood paneling around the Series 75 windows was walnut inlaid with complementing sycamore. The Fleetwood installed 75-Series seats and interior panels were both comfortable and stylish. The overall styling of the 1940 Convertible Coupe, with its long flowing fenders and rear deck, made it the sportiest looking model in the Series 75 line-up.

The 1940 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Coupe presented here has benefited from an older, high point frame-off restoration of the highest standards. Over the ensuing years it has never been driven, having always been trailered to concours events. Upon inspection, it is not surprising to learn that this rare Series 75 Cadillac has claimed multiple awards, including a Cadillac LaSalle National Meet First Place, a CCCA National First Place, and is a Meadow Brook class winner.

Painted a rich Navy Blue with a flattering tan top, this Convertible Coupe is both elegant and eye-catching. Fitted with dual encased fender-mounted spares, wide whitewall tires with full chrome wheel discs and enhanced by limited, but beautifully re-plated chrome highlights, it is no wonder this Cadillac has captured the attention of concours judges wherever it has been shown.

Beautifully finished inside as well as out, this Convertible Coupe ’ s interior is striking in matching blue leather and contrasting highlights. Under the hood, the powerful Cadillac eight-cylinder engine has been completely rebuilt to the exact factory specifications and still looks like it is brand new.

The 1940 Series 75 was called the “ General Motors ’ Masterpieces ” in Cadillac ’ s Fleetwood catalog and those words continue to hold true to this day. A mere 1,525 Series 75 Cadillac models were delivered in 1940 with just thirty being two-passenger Convertible Coupes – fifteen less than the 75-Series Convertible Sedans. Today, only a handful of Convertible Coupes survive; hence, for very good reason they are highly coveted among the most serious Cadillac collectors.

Reference Number 11107

as of 7/11/2007

Car 1940 Cadillac Series 40 -75 Convertible Coupe
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