Bonhams | 2018-10-08 | Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | Venue : Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Lot No. : 114
Year : 1941
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #6343134
Estimate : US$ 30,000 - 45,000
US$ 38,080
Cadillac Series Sixty Special Sedan Sold


346ci L-Head V8 Engine
Single Twin-Choke Carburetor
150bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Offered from the renowned George C. Makris Estate Collection
*Multiple CCCA and CCCA Award Winner
*Elegant and exclusive Art Deco styling
*In current ownership for more than half a century
The 1940s were a somewhat magical decade for Cadillac. Nearly every car they produced from 1940 through 1949 was in some way a standout. Every year's styling was handsome, and these cars remain greatly sought after. Cadillacs of this era were performance leaders among American cars. The 1940-42 design successfully translated 1930s-era classic Cadillac design cues into a more modern context. Cadillacs from this era truly lived up to their motto The Standard of the World. The first Series Sixty Specials of 1938 were bodied by Fleetwood; the 1939 and 1940 models, which used essentially the same design with updated front-end sheet metal and headlights, were built to the Fleetwood design by Fisher Body, and they were no less well-appointed and elegant.
This luxurious Cadillac Series Sixty was purchased by renowned Upper Brookville, New York-based collector George C. Makris in 1962 and was a treasured part of the late Mr. Makris' phenomenal and pioneering collection of fine motorcars. The Cadillac is said to have had just one prior owner to Mr. Makris. This spectacular piece of Americana features an elegant black exterior and luxurious interior, which seem quite appropriate in conveying the overwhelming elegance that this model represented in period. Adding to the fashionable appearance are wide whitewall tires with full factory hubcaps and bumper over-riders. The Art Deco inspired dash, like the car itself, uses a carefully measured amount of chrome and brightwork to set off its design, and a classic large-diameter steering wheel instantly transports one to an age in which high tech did not dictate design. This car remains solid and eminently useable; and by being recognized as a Full Classicâ„¢ by the Classic Car Club of America, this icon of General Motors design would be a perfect tour car, especially for CCCA CARavans, where this most modern and drivable of Classics has long been a preferred favorite. Both CCCA and AACA First Prize Awards have been given to this spectacular motorcar, which has been considered by Cadillac aficionados to be among the best examples of the model extant.

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