The 1941 Cadillac models, a design triumph from the Harley Earl/Bill Mitchell era at GM Styling, introduced a new era of styling for the brand. Departing from the past, they featured a bold horizontal “egg-crate” grille, a signature Cadillac element that endures to this day.
Designed by Art Ross and brought to Earl’s attention by Bill Mitchell, the models also showcased fender-mounted headlamps, a favored design cue of Mitchell’s. With their wide and sleek appearance, they exuded both speed and elegance, boasting a cohesive design that set them apart.
Under the hood, Cadillac embraced a single-engine philosophy, utilizing the proven L-head V-8 engine displacing 346 cubic inches. With increased compression, it produced 150 horsepower and achieved remarkable 100-mph performance.
Known for its refined and nearly silent operation, the Cadillac V-8 offered a superior driving experience. The models featured independent front underpinnings, delivering excellent ride and handling qualities, which still impress collectors and enthusiasts today.
The 1941 Cadillac range encompassed six distinct lines, including the Series 61, Series 62, Sixty Special, Series 63 four-door Sedan, Series 67 long-wheelbase, and Fleetwood-bodied Series 75. Among them, the Series 61 stood out, embodying Cadillac’s future direction with its youthful and forward-looking presence, as well as its versatility. These models marked a significant shift in Cadillac’s design and engineering, leaving a lasting legacy in the automotive world.