Offered from the Grand Canyon Collection
$15,400 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
- Heralded as one of Bill Mitchell’s foremost Cadillac designs
- Features all-new styling for 1941
- Accompanied by a copy of its original build sheet
- Powered by a 346-cu.-in. V-8 engine coupled with a three-speed column-mounted manual transmission
- Ideal entrant for CCCA events
- From the estate of well-regarded American classic car collector Conrad Fletcher
In the wake of the Great Depression, under the leadership of Nick Dreystadt, Cadillac surged forward into a new modern era thanks in part to models such as the Cadillac Series 60 Special.
Harley Earl appointed Bill Mitchell chief designer for the new Cadillac design studio in 1936 and dedicated to bringing a wave of styling changes to create far more progressive new models. When first introduced in 1938, the Series 60 Special was designed for the “owner-driver” accustomed to a high level of status and luxury while preferring not to employ the use of a chauffeur. The sleek, coupe-like design with simulated convertible hardtop used a double dropped frame to lower the body and lengthen the front fenders in place of heavy running boards. By 1940, every Series 60 model would be Fleetwood marketed, which included higher-end molding, trim, and upholstery. Meanwhile, 1941 became a watershed model-year for Cadillac as every model received numerous updates—for example, the front fenders on the 60 Special now extended into the doors—and completely revised front-end styling with features adapted by Cadillac on future models for years to come.
According to its accompanying original build sheet, this Series 60 was delivered new to Kelly Motor Sales of Rockford, Illinois clad in Nimbus Gray paint over a Cruiser Gray interior. Refinished in blue while retaining some of its original upholstery complemented by replacement seat covers, this older restored example is powered by a 346 cubic-inch V-8 engine. It has been faithfully maintained, including a recent replacement of the master cylinder in 2021, making it ideal for future touring.
The Cadillac Series 60 Special is a favorite on Classic Car Club of America CARavans as it offers the ideal combination of performance, style, and comfort. This example, offered from the estate of well-regarded American car collector Conrad Fletcher, is an ideal acquisition for Art Deco and American luxury enthusiasts alike.