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1941 Cadillac Sedanet C/L MN $4,500


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Here's a link to a Craigslist ad for a '41 Cadillac Sedanet that's for sale in Lakeland, Minnesota, home to our very own Jeff Perkins. I wonder if he knows about it? '41 Cadillacs, no matter which series, are quite iconic in themselves. Beyond that, this one is a most desirable Sedanet style. It's not all that pretty at the moment, but valuable enough to be worth investing dollars and effort:

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/atq/d/lakeland-1941-cadilac/7181647424.html

 

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One of the many nice ones on "Google Images":

 

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   Every car has a story.......the person selling the car is the son of the (deceased) owner. He is also a car guy and a long time acquaintance of mine. Paul told me his father purchased this running car in the early 70’s and stashed it in the garage, eventually piling stuff on it (sound familiar?) and basically forgetting about it. About 10 years ago Dad uncovered it somewhat and removed the intake manifold. All parts are present. The car got covered up again until Paul cleaned out the garage recently. 
   The price is definitely not firm, the family wants the car to go away. They consider it a parts car so open to any offer. If anyone is interested contact me for  info or go through the Craigslist posting.
  

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Thanks, Jeff, for checking it out for us. They are such beautiful cars when restored that it would be very tempting. However, I turn 71 tomorrow and think that I'm through with "lifetime projects". For anyone who might have an interest, Lakeland, MN, is just off of interstate 94, on the far eastern side of St Paul, on the picturesque St Croix river that separates MN and WI.

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Due to its body style, a prime candidate for a hot rodder. I'd go $1000 tops on it. A nice cool Cadillac but it would cost at least $75,000 to restore.  And these are series 61s I think.  The other 2 door coupe bodystyle actually looks better on the 41 Cadillacs. This was an attempt by GM to spread tooling costs over many divisions for this new bodystyle. 

 

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I believe Cadillac simply made it a series 61. Visually it would only be trim. I believe the seats in series 62 coupes were broadcloth and leather. That coupe bodystyle was in its last year in 1941 - the style with the long trunk.  This body - the Sedanet - went on to become the standard bearer through 1949 for Cadillac as a series 62 or 61 replaced by the 2 door hardtop.  Still a great choice to restore because 1941 Cadillacs were mostly homogeneous.  You get everything in this car that you would in other Cadillacs except the before mentioned trim.  What I would have liked to do is get an example of BOTH 2 door bodystyles for 1941. 

 

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Thanks for the update.  It is fun and informative to follow the pricing.  May not always mean anything as all it takes is one buyer.  Even hot rodders have budgets.   To hot rod you still have to drag this beast home, pull it apart, toss the flathead and such and do your modifications.  Many silver haired hot rodders are just buying cars complete like most everyone else.  The days of garage work are more or less over.  

 

This seller will be lucky to get $1000.  My issues is he/she wants to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING  to improve the cars sale, such as replacing the tires with rollers, making sure all the wheels roll and the brakes aren't seized, that it steers, that sort of basic stuff.  It's not fun, but everyone is looking at the car and thinking how much work they have to put in just to get it to roll, and passing.  

 

Next gen estate sellers simply "want it gone." Like they can blink their eyes, see a wad of cash in their hand and someone else doing the heavy lifting.   Now that I think about it, if there is any kind of time deadline, this car could end up at the crusher yard.  We have a business down here in Iowa called Doug's 4 Wheelers - where the 36 Dodge Pick up is, and he is land locked and filled to the gills with these cars (He doesn't just do 4 wheelers, he has all kinds of similar cars - even saved a few rare late 30's 60S Cadillacs with Sunshine Turret tops - now crushed.  

 

I see Jeff knows the seller, but it's still a valid observation that even car guys are not interested in doing a better job with presentation.  

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10 hours ago, B Jake Moran said:

I see Jeff knows the seller, but it's still a valid observation that even car guys are not interested in doing a better job with presentation.  


BJM, yes, I did discuss presentation with the seller. They just want to clear everything out without any effort. I never went to look as I have no interest even though I am close. As I stated above, they are open to any offer.

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I have owned 2 1941 Cadillacs, they are wonderful cars, bridging the pre war Art Deco with Harley Earl's determination to move forward.  Having said that - I needed a rear fender for my series 63 and went to Wisconsin to get it and a couple of other parts and it was $150 in 1999 money.  I am sure a decent one now - especially from one of the parts houses specializing in 1941 Cadillacs - would be $500.  You can see where this car would add up. If however, a person wants to enjoy the restoration hobby then those are considerations not necessarily wrapped around money or cost, as we have discussed many times.  

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