For Sale: 1940 LaSalle Convertible Sedan in Mesa, Arizona

Vehicle Description

Collectors know that the 1940 LaSalle is the final year for this short-run of Cadillac companions. So when a Series 52 convertible that's rare, premium, vintage, and uniquely done to be a driver comes available, you know you're looking at something extra special.


This LaSalle makes a lasting impression with a long, pointed hood and rounded trunk that represents this pre-war era nicely. Aerodynamics were making the cars sleeker every year, so the raked windshield and curvaceous fenders are as functional as they are handsome. The tall, narrow grille had become a LaSalle trademark by then, and the headlights were fared into the fenders, creating a very unique look. As beautiful as this is, few people could afford the high price as America was straddling The Great Depression and a supply run-up to WWII. So this Series 52 convertible is 1 of only 425. That kind of rarity deserves to be showcased. In fact, we have souvenirs that suggest this was a participant in Hemming's The Great Race tour (and likely why there's a competition number decal on the front fender.) And as you look over the full package, you're going to see a car that was made for real driving. So you'll love the vintage curves, whitewall tires, and classic blue paint. The correct hub cars and medallions were recently replaced. But the overall impression shows a car that loves to hit the road. And that means you are going to get some added respect from real car fans.


The white convertible top fits nicely against this restored classic, and we like the blue trim that coordinates well with the paint. But if you really want to show this special LaSalle off, then with the flip of a switch, let this roof power down to reveal the two-tone interior. The leather upholstery, door panels, and steering wheel all harmonize in white and blue. The full package is worn in from proper use but it remains attractive. It gives an overall feeling like this one is ready to do another timed rally. The Great Race 825 Electronic Speedometer is still supported by Timewise for servicing, and there are other additions like seatbelts, a fire extinguisher, and a handy oil temperature gauge. There's also a sizable trunk out back, to carry your luggage and supplies.


Under the hood is a very correct presentation of the V8. The 322 cubic-inch displacement is even correct for a LaSalle. It's smooth, torque-filled, and highly related to the Cadillac's hardy V8 (the ones that would power tanks in the upcoming war.) The engine looks correct dressed in olive green engine enamel and with its oil large bath air cleaner. But details like the 12-volt upgrades and electric pusher fan are part of what keeps this classic a real cruiser today. And the column-shifted three-speed manual transmission also features overdrive for those long highway cruises. The suspension is conventional, with a "knee-action" independent front end and a live axle on leaf springs out back. It provides a classic feeling that's also Cadillac-level plush.


We have some nice maintenance records that show this classic has received good care and updates over the last two decades. It makes for a rare drop-top that's fun to run. So if you want to be the center of attention - even at far away car shows - hurry up and call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1940 Lasalle Convertible Sedan
  • Listing ID: CC-1621301
  • Price: $33,995
  • Location:Mesa, Arizona
  • Year:1940
  • Make:LaSalle
  • Model:Convertible Sedan
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:White
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:85123
  • Stock Number:2710-PHX
  • VIN:4330919
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Phoenix
614 East Auto Center Drive Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85204

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