One of the most beloved cars in the hobby is the 1941 Cadillac. With more than 450 examples among 32 different styles owned by Cadillac & LaSalle Club members alone, it competes with only the ubiquitous 1959 Cadillac for the club’s “Miss Popularity” title. So beloved is the 1941 Cadillac that it’s also the most popular year and make of car among all of the Full Classics recognized by the Classic Car Club of America. In layman’s terms, it’s the ’57 Chevy of prewar cars.
When put into perspective, it’s clear why the 1941 Cadillac was and is so popular. The United States’ was well on its way to complete economic recovery from the Great Depression, so there was once again money for luxury cars. The 1941 Cadillac was stylish and innovative, and it offered cars in a wide range of styles and prices. There were six Cadillac series in 1941, and most of those series offered a choice of body style and/or interior configuration.
However, this variety wasn’t quite enough for a handful of buyers with the financial means and the desire to own a personalized new Cadillac. These buyers turned to custom coachbuilders or General Motors itself in order to have built for them uniquely styled or outfitted 1941 Cadillacs. While 1941 Cadillacs aren’t rare on the show field, the unique, custom-built versions were very rare and hardly, if ever, seen — then or now. Photographs exist of some of these custom creations, so to display the rarely seen side of such a popular car, we have assembled this selection of custom, coachbuilt 1941 Cadillac images. If you can provide additional details or additions, please contact the Old Cars staff.
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