1941 Cadillac Models and
All About the 1941
In 1941, Cadillac released groundbreaking
innovations in their line of model offerings. Nearly all available models
got a complete face lift, dramatically changing the way the cars looked.
Another change in this year was the manufacturers move back to offering only
luxury cars, which left at least one competitor, Packard, in the dust. With
the move back to their origins, Cadillac bolstered their sales and their
reputation for producing fine cars with incredible durability.
Models from 1941 include:
• The 61 Series
• Series 75
• Series 67
• Series 63
• The Sixty Special
• Series 62
This year saw the departure of the La Salle line; the revised Series 61 took
its place and boosted the manufacturer's profits considerably. Other
innovations in 1941 were the egg crate front grill that helped give the cars
a much more aggressive appearance and engine improvements. The egg crate
grill helped set industry standards for style that would be copied for years
The big mechanical news that year for Cadillac was the Hydra-Matic
transmission, offering shiftless performance that appealed to consumers
across the board. The transmission continued to be used for the rest of the
decade and was copied by most of the automotive world. This innovation
helped push Cadillac to all time production highs and improve their already
powerful reputation as an industry leader and producer of high quality
luxury cars in North America.
This year also saw the implementation of a more powerful V-8 engine, which
offered 150 horsepower. The new engine combined with new axle technology
allowed their vehicles to reach 100 miles per hour and 0-60 speeds in 14
seconds or under. That might not sound like much today, but for its time it
was fantastic. The improved performance and automatic transmission allowed
Cadillac to garner appeal from market segments that had previously not
considered the brand a good fit for them.
1941 was an excellent year for Cadillac and their profits reflected this.
While still selling slightly under some of their competitors, it must be
understood that their competitors offered a much broader range of vehicles
at considerably less cost than Cadillac did. Now on to