Manufacturer: General Motors Company (GM), Cadillac Motor Car Division, Detroit, Michigan – USA
Type: Series 62 Model 6267D DeLuxe Convertible Coupé
Production time: October 1940 – December 1941
Production outlet: 3,100
Engine: 5676cc GM Cadillac monoblock V-8 346
Power: 150 bhp / 3.400 rpm
Torque: 383 Nm / 1.700 rpm
Drivetrain: rear wheels
Speed: 146 km/h
Curb weight: 1990 kg
Wheelbase: 126 inch
Chassis: GM C-platform Girder channel-section X-frame with separate steel body (by Fisher)
Steering: worm & nut
Gearbox: selective three-speed manual / II and III synchronized / steering column shift
Clutch: 10 1/2 inch coil spring type semi-centrifugal single dry plate disc
Carburettor: single Carter WCD 2-barrel / Stromberg AAV26 2-barrel
Fuel tank: 76 liter
Electric system: Delco 6 Volts 115 Ah
Ignition system: Delco-Remy distributor and coil
Brakes front: Bendix hydraulic 12 inch drums
Brakes rear: Bendix hydraulic 12 inch drums
Suspension front: independent knee action coils, triangle steering, forked upper arms, lower arms, torsion rod, coil springs + hydraulic End-to-End Discharge type shock absorbers
Suspension rear: radial axle “Hotchkiss” type, cross link system, longitudinal semi-elliptic leaf springs + hydraulic End-to-End Discharge type shock absorbers
Rear axle: live semi-floating type
Differential: hypoid 3.77:1
Wheels: 5.5 x 15 inch steel discs
Tires: 7 x 15 4-ply
Options: GM Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission, running boards, Air Conditioning, fresh-air hot-water heater, two-toned leather interior, Day-Nite mirror, outside rear view mirror, Cadillac spotlight, fender skirts, bumper guards, seat covers, scuff pads, Cool Cushion, Motor robes, automatic battery filler, Automatic Heating System with under-seat heaters and defrosters, dual spotlights, fog lights, back-up light, rear-wheel shields, wheel covers, wheel trim rings, whitewall radial tires, license frame, pushbutton-operated AM radio with vacuum operated power antenna, rear compartment radio, windshield washer, Cadillac NoRol system (holds the car on an upward incline)
– Cadillac was formed from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company when Henry Ford departed along with several of his key partners and the company was dissolved. With the intent of liquidating the firm’s assets, Ford’s financial backers, William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen called in engineer Henry M. Leland to appraise the plant and equipment prior to selling them. Instead, Leland persuaded them to continue the automobile business using Leland’s proven 1-cylinder engine. Henry Ford’s departure required a new name, and on August 22, 1902, the company reformed as the Cadillac Automobile Company.
– The Cadillac automobile was named after the 17th century French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1701.
– Cadillac was purchased by the General Motors conglomerate in 1909. Cadillac became General Motors’ prestige division, devoted to the production of large luxury vehicles. In the United States, the name became a synonym for "high quality", used in such phrases as "the Cadillac of watches," referring to a Rolex. In English usage outside North America, other brands are used in such phrases – usually Rolls-Royce.
– The Cadillac line was also GM’s default marque for "commercial chassis" institutional vehicles, such as limousines, ambulances, hearses, and funeral home flower cars. The latter three of which were custom built by aftermarket manufacturers: Cadillac does not produce any such vehicles in factory.
– It has been said that, in aesthetic terms, sleek "torpedo" style and low streamlined runningboardless Cadillac, designed by Harley Earl, was to 1941 what Cord was to 1936, what Duesenberg was to 1929 and what LaSalle was to 1927.
– Besides the integrated “torpedo”style body, the 1941 model was the first to use the famous Cadillac egg-crate grille, the “coffin” style hood with the new “Flying Lady” mascot, Air Conditioning (optional) and the shiftless GM Hydro-Matic four-speed automatic transmission (optional).
– The ’41 Series Sixty-Two was available as this 2-door Convertible Coupé, as 2-door 6227 Coupé (1,985 units built), as 2-door 6227D Coupé DeLuxe (1,900 units built), as 4-door 6229D Convertible Sedan (400 units built), as 4-door 6219 Sedan (8,012 units built) and as 4-door 6219D Sedan DeLuxe (7,754 units built).
– This first generation Series 62 (1940-1941) was assembled at the Detroit Assembly, Detroit (Michigan) and at the South Gate Assembly, South Gate (California).
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