1940 LaSalle Convertible Sedan
Cadillac saved the best for last, and few would have guessed from
the 1940 models that LaSalle was near the end of its road.
Wheelbase was now lengthened to 123 inches, and horsepower edged up
to 130, thanks to a larger carburetor. Styling, an evolution of
1939, was hard to fault, and there were now two model groups for
the first time. The lower-priced Series 50 wore conventional lines,
again on the corporate B-body shared with Buick and other
divisions. The new Series 52 Special proved more popular by far
despite a $120 price premium. One factor was undoubtedly the
smoother, lower appearance of its new torpedo-inspired GM C-body.
Each series offered coupe, four-door sedan, and convertible coupe
and sedan. The last two saw very low production: just 599 and 125,
respectively, in Series 50 trim, a mere 425 and 75 of the 52s
(which weren't available until mid-season). The Series 50 also
included a two-door sedan, which was Cadillac's least expensive
1940 offering at $1240. At the other end of the scale, the Series
52 listed at just $81 higher than a comparable Buick Roadmaster,
thus representing excellent value in a big, high-fashion
automobile. Model year sales perked up to a little more than 24,000
units, the make's second best single-season total.
You don't run across many 1940 LaSalle Convertible Sedans as this
is one of just 75 built in 1940. So, when you do, you should
realize how quick you should own this one. While this example is
not perfect by any means, it's all there and will make some lucky
person very happy. This car has the reliable 322ci flat head
V8...the same engine that was used in the Cadillac, which
manufactured LaSalle's. This engine sports 130hp and is backed by a
3-speed transmission with a column shifter. Like most convertibles
this car has leather covered seats in dark blue which accent the
light blue paint and white top. It does have incorrect Cadillac
wheels on it. The lines of this car, all the chrome trim and that
beautiful grille are just jaw dropping. Look closer at this one,
its ready for restoration. The engine turns over, but has not been
started in a number of years. It is being sold on a Bill of Sale
only with no title.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 100 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. A 450 barn find
collection is currently on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.