1940 CADILLAC MODEL 75-29 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
This convertible, one of 45 built in 1940, was originally purchased by Alta Rockefeller Prentice, daughter of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., for $3,945. Amazingly, this 1940 car has 34,000 original miles with the original engine and upholstery – new paint is the original color of Beaver Brown. Mrs. Prentice and her family rode in their chauffeur-driven car until 1963 when it became a part of the Winthrop Collection in Arkansas.
Additionally, this four-door, five-passenger convertible sedan was a First Prize winner of the CCCA (Classic Car Club of America).
The description of this vehicle – Series 75, Model 7529, V-8 L-head, 346 c.i.d., 140 hp, body by Fleetwood, Stromberg AAV-26 carburetor, 26 ½ gallon fuel tank, privacy window, running boards, and a 141” wheelbase – 1940 was the last year for the side-mounted dual spare wheels. You could order your convertible sedan in a choice of 15 colors and multiple two-tone combinations.
Options were fender skirts ($17.50/pair) - radio ($69.50) - heater ($26) - seat covers ($8.25/seat), - spotlight ($18.50) - battery filler ($7.50) - flexible steering wheel ($15) - fog lights ($4.50/pair) - windshield washer ($6.50 - wheel discs ($4), and trim ring $1.50 each). For just over $200 you could own every option..
Cadillac’s 1940 convertible sedan was distinguished by its front clip and tail-light combination – the fender-mounted tail-light design was a unique one where the tail-lights protruded from the rear body side, half-way between belt-line and bumper.