- Offered to benefit the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Library & Research Center
- The last year of the original Bill Mitchell Series 60 Special design
- An excellent CARavan and AACA tour automobile
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
150 bhp, 346 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127 in.
Introduced in 1938, the Bill Mitchell-designed Series 60 Special foreshadowed many of the advanced styling concepts that would grace the rest of the Cadillac model line in subsequent years. It was slightly revised again for 1941, the final version of the original Mitchell body styling, which was seen as both a mechanical and visual improvement, and would be recognized as one of the most significant and attractive automotive designs of the decade. Most notably, the massive, broad grille and prominent front-end styling became Cadillac trademarks for a decade. Output of the robust 346-cubic inch V-8 engine was boosted to 150 horsepower. As in 1940, the Series 60 Special remained the most prestigious Cadillac outside of the limousines, with quality coachwork and beautiful interiors fitted by Fleetwood.
The surviving Series 60 Special sedans are among the most desirable CCCA Full Classics for CARavans and other events, and driving one on the road is like driving a modern automobile.
The car offered here was, according to the copy of its original build sheet on file, delivered new through the Gerrish & Edmonds dealership in Poughkeepsie, New York. Donated to the AACA Library & Research Center in 2013, it still presents very well in the iconic color scheme of Rivermist Gray and Dusty Gray, with a grey whipcord interior and red wheels, and shows 92,928 miles on the odometer. It would undoubtedly be an excellent choice for continuing touring and local shows, especially with the desirable manual transmission. All proceeds from this sale will go to the AACA Library & Research Center’s Endowment Fund. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit library, the AACA Library sets the standard in celebrating, collecting, preserving, and sharing our automotive legacy, and it is recognized as the premier automotive reference library in the world. The AACA Library is a free public library and available to enthusiasts worldwide; with over 1.2 million documents, it is a great resource for car nuts, historians, and restoration specialists alike.
A worthy car for an exceedingly worthy cause, RM Sotheby’s is proud to offer this very special Series 60 Special.