Collector's know that the 1940 LaSalle is the final year for this short-run of Cadillac companions. So when a Series 52 convertible that's rare, premium, and unmistakably vintage has also been restored to this high-degree, you know you're looking at something extra special.
This LaSalle makes a lasting impression with a long, pointed hood and rounded trunk that represents this pre-war era nicely. Aerodynamics were making the cars sleeker every year, so the raked windshield and curvaceous fenders are as functional as they are handsome. The tall, narrow grille had become a LaSalle trademark by then, and the headlights were fared into the fenders, creating a very unique look. As beautiful as this is, there were few people who could afford the high price as America was straddling The Great Depression and a supply run-up to WWII. So this Series 52 convertible is 1 of only 425. That kind of rarity is why it has been treated with respect. In fact, this car is believed to have a near six-figure restoration within the last decade. That's why the French Blue paint highlights all curves of the sheetmetal, and the brightwork is complete from the fine front horizontal accent grilles to the LaSalle etching in the rear bumper. The doors close with the authority of a well-respected classic, and you have all the best details, right down to the driver's spotlight and correct hubcaps and iconic whitewalls.
The tan convertible top fits nicely against this restored classic, and it looks terrific against the blue paint. But if you really want to show this special LaSalle off, then with the flip of a switch, let this roof power down to reveal the restored interior. The crisp tan leather seats, matching door panels, and plush carpeting all look great against the exterior blue – and the color matched dash proves it! Even the artful steering wheel is beautifully finished to showcase this color combination. And you get to gaze over a crisp and bright art deco masterpiece that is the very symmetrical dash. There's also a sizable trunk out back, so don't be afraid to take home some awards.
Under the hood is a very correct presentation of the V8. The 322 cubic-inch displacement is even correct for a LaSalle. It's smooth, torquey, and highly related to the Cadillac's hardy V8 (the ones that would power tanks in the upcoming war.) The engine looks just as correct as the rest of the car dressed in olive green engine enamel and with its oil large bath air cleaner. It's backed by a column-shifted three-speed manual transmission that is always a fun way to connect to a bygone era. The suspension is conventional, with a "knee-action" independent front end and a live axle on leaf springs out back. It provides a classic feeling that's also Cadillac-level plush. Plus, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes are quite good at keeping this both authentic and fun to drive.
This is the rare classic convertible that looks great and runs smooth. So if you want to be the center of attention, hurry up and call today!