1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe poster

1941 was a watershed year at Cadillac, when the La Salle brand was discontinued and its replacement, the Cadillac Series 62, was introduced. Production of the 16-cylinder engine also came to a halt, and all Cadillacs would now be powered by the same engine; a 346-cubic-inch, 150 hp V8. Another first for this mark was General Motors’ brand new fully-automatic transmission, Hydra-Matic. It was available only in a deluxe version, and retailed at $1,645.

 

GM design chief Harley Earl worked with Cadillac studio head Bill Mitchell, who would succeed Earl as vice-president of design at GM in 1958, (see Chevrolet Impala story HERE) to create the 1941 Cadillac series. This car would become recognised as one of the great automobiles of the twentieth century.

 

I saw this fabulous car at a street festival in Detroit, Michigan a few summers ago and could not resist taking a number of reference shots for the archive, and on which, eventually, to base this drawing. It was in absolutely mint condition and original in all aspects. For me this car is the quintessentially American automobile.

 

This detailed airbrush illustration represents a slight change in direction for my poster styles and one that I intend to maintain in the future. Please click on the images to enlarge. You can find more details of this poster HERE.

Detail from the final airbrush illustration.



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