For Sale: 1950 Cadillac Series 61 in Atlanta, Georgia

Vehicle Description

Motorcar Studio is pleased to offer this 1950 Cadillac Series 61 Coupe export model, originally delivered to Munich, Germany and ordered with a rare three-speed manual transmission (and a speedometer marked in kilometers). Ordered by Mr. W. T. Crowell, we do not know much about this car's original owner - but he was clearly a gentleman of wealth, excellent taste and an appetite for speed.

The Series 61 short wheelbase coupe was among the lightest Cadillacs produced, and with a 160 horsepower overhead valve V8, it was also among the most powerful American cars of the era - but the vast majority were equipped with automatic transmissions. Only a handful were ordered with manual transmissions, most notably a pair of 1950 Cadillac coupes campaigned by Briggs Cunningham in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans.

We do not know when this Cadillac made its way stateside, but we believe it was still in Europe in the 1980s due to a dated repair tag on the original radiator from a shop in England. The present enthusiast owner acquired this car out of Texas 10 years ago; he opted to leave the body and interior, which have considerable patina, "as is" but undertook a comprehensive mechanical refresh to turn it into a reliable vintage rally and touring car.

The original 331 cubic inch V8 engine was completely rebuilt, but upgraded with 1955 Cadillac heads, crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and camshaft with a four-barrel intake and carburetor. We estimate the output to be around 250 horsepower (well up from 160 hp in stock form). The car also got a new clutch, new wiring harness, exhaust, aluminum radiator, fuel tank and lines, overhauled brake system and rebuilt front suspension. It's running modern radial tires for improved handling, but a set of bias ply whitewalls are included, along with the original heads, intake and radiator. The present owner estimates he has put around 5,000 miles on this car during his 10-year ownership, including several 500+ mile vintage rallies where it has always performed flawlessly.

About half of the paint, all of the trim and most of the interior is believed original. While there is plenty of patina and minor surface rust here and there, the car is free of major structural corrosion and also shows no evidence of major accident damage. It's mechanically sorted, runs and drives quite well, and is ready for immediate touring or rally use. A 1950 Cadillac shop manual, a copy of the original invoice confirming the manual transmission, Euro instrumentation and German delivery, plus service records from present ownership accompany the sale. For more information about this rare 1950 Cadillac Series 61 manual transmission coupe for sale at Motorcar Studio in Atlanta, please call 404-692-5250.

Vehicle Details

  • 1950 Cadillac Series 61
  • Listing ID: CC-1689274
  • Price: $28,900
  • Location:Atlanta, Georgia
  • Year:1950
  • Make:Cadillac
  • Model:Series 61
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:115578
  • Stock Number:1511AC
  • VIN:506110836
Listed By:
Motorcar Studio
504 Fair St.
Savannah, GA 31415

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