Deans List (Dean Kruse of Kruse Auctions

Started by Bill Hedge CLC 14424, February 11, 2007, 11:46:40 AM

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Bill Hedge CLC 14424

   Every year at about this time Dean Kruse of Kruse Auctions publishes a list of collectable cars that he feels are likely to appreciate the most in value in the next twelve months.  Number three on this year’s list is the 1941 Cadillac two door convertible.  From Sunday’s Chicago Tribune: “A great investment with broad buyer and collector appeal.  Caddy stopped building cars in 1942 because of the war.  Several collectors have stored the ‘41s and a small group is trying to snatch them all up.  Phil Maloof, who owns the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as well as the Sacramento Kings basketball team, has 35 or 40 and wants more.  The more trying to buy, the more it pushes prices up.  Two years ago a good restored one sold for $25,00.00 to $30,000.00.  Last year it was $35,000.00 to $40,000.00 and by the end of 2007 it will be $55,000 to $65,000.00.”

Rusty Shepherd CLC 6397

That gives the impression that Cadillac was the only car manufacturer to stop production in 1942.

Richard Sills - CLC #936

Based on what I have seen, a really good restored 41 convertible has been worth over $50,000 for some time now.

An interesting observation about 41 Cadillacs is the timelessness of their appeal.  Most collectors who are buying today are too young to have driven 41 Cadillacs in their youth, and yet the appeal of these cars remains undiminished.  There is something about the styling of this car, combined with its great driveability, that keeps drawing people to them.

Rusty Shepherd CLC 6397

I think the appeal of the 41s is that just about everything on the car seems right.  Theres not a bad angle or feature to be found anywhere on them.  Ive read that "Mistearl" said the best car designs had something to please and delight you on every side as you walked around it and the 41s certain fill that bill.  In my opinion, the one feature that could have been improved is the instrument panel.  Those in the 40s were both attractive and modern-looking, while the 41 with its combination of round and rectangular as well as instruments off-set just looks like a step or two backwards instead of forward to me.