Stylish 1941 Cadillac Sedanette rivals design of pricey Bentley

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The Cadillac has been repainted in its original shade of Maroon

The Bentley Continental R Fastback is one of the most-spectacular car designs in the history of automobiles. There is just something about the lines of these cars that embodies perfection.

But it seems that everyone else in the world also thinks so, so the prices for these cars hover somewhere around $1 million.

Another car that pre-dates the Bentley and has quite similar lines that, and surprisingly comes from the United States, is the Pick of the Day, a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Sedanette.

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The sedanette is a handsome two-door fastback design

The Series 62 Cadillac as a model ran from 1940 all the way until 1964, with different bodies as design ideas changed. The golden age for these cars was the first and second series cars, built from 1940 through 1947.

The lines of these Caddies, especially the two-door Sedanette (which was officially known as the Club Coupe) were perfect, and one has to wonder whether they had an influence on the design of the Bentley.

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The body style has Art Deco flourishes

According to the seller advertising the Cadillac on ClassicCars.com, this car is very smooth running and drives well, powered by its original 346 cid flathead V8 engine and original 3-speed manual transmission. The car needs nothing mechanically, the seller adds.

Options on this car include a factory heater, dual spotlights, fender skirts, fog lights, and wide whitewall tires. It also still has its original spare tire, jack, clock and radio.

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The dashboard is nicely appointed in period style

The Sedanette is rust-free, solid and straight, the seller says, and one repaint in its original color many years ago, with all the chrome in excellent condition, as is the glass. The interior is clean and correct, the seller adds, with no rips or tears.

With an asking price of $44,495, it is a definite bargain in comparison with that Bentley.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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