A well-aged patina presentation of a rare fastback 1941 Cadillac
coupe...That's what first attracted you to this one. And to make it
a true rat rod kind of cool, they upgraded the V8 power, gave it a
five-speed, and updated all the right pieces to make it a great
The first impression is this coupe looks fresh from being found in
a long-lost garage or barn. And right now, there's nothing cooler
than showing up in a vehicle that looks worn-in not worn-out. By
the second glance, you realize that this car is quite exceptional.
After all, the sheetmetal is as straight as a six-figure classic.
The brightwork is a similar story. It's complete and intricate,
right down to the goddess hood ornament. But it also has the right
ageing to go with the worn-in paint. So while this whole car has
the level of completeness that some may see as a restoration
candidate, we all really know this look was work that was done on
purpose. So all it may even need is a clearcoat or matte top layer
if you really want to lock-in in this unique style.
The interior is pure rat rod cool with some secretly rewarding
upgrades. For example, the green carpeting and light green door
panels have an old-school style, but they are later updates that
feel rather fresh. Some cars of this genre love to replace the
front seats with whatever they can find (you may even see some with
lawn chairs!) This one upholds the mismatched tradition, but it
utilizes late-model GM buckets. So you actually get nice bolstering
and shoulder seat belts. The dash keeps the classic art deco look,
but upon closer inspection, you'll see the speedo and clock slots
in the dash now house a full Hanline readout package. And while the
classic Caddy steering wheel is fun, the factory never gave you a
floor shifter like that in '41.
When you look under the hood, the bright valve covers may say
Cadillac, but that's a bit of a lie. Instead, the powerhouse is
from another part of the GM family with a Chevy small block V8.
This 305 cubic-inch motor has nice features like a Holley
four-barrel carburetor and HEI ignition. Plus, this V8 is smaller
and lighter than the old Caddy flathead that was first in here. It
makes for a lower center of gravity and places most of the motor
behind the front axle. This is no supercar, but we bet you'll love
talking about those features with a big grin on your face when you
park next to one at Cars & Coffee. And this one was really meant to
be driven to your favorite places. The motor fires up nicely; the
independent front end was given a comprehensive rebuild; and the
five-speed manual transmission is a smooth shifter that gives you
This is one of those fun/amazing builds with a rare classic that
rarely cross over into hot rod and rat rod territory. So if you
want to get some honest attention, you need an honest caddy like
this. Call today!!!
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