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1951 Cadillac Series 61

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1951 Cadillac Series 61 Sedan

Originally sold in arid Nevada and spent most of its life there
Previous owner drove the car for three years and used it regularly
Won Car of the Year honors at Cars and Coffee Austin Texas in 2016
Original Exeter Green exterior color that was wetsanded and polished
New green and tan vinyl interior that looks stunning
331 CID V8 engine that runs very well
Rebuilt Hydramatic automatic transmission


While its not light red, many of the qualities in Bruce Springsteens song, Pink Cadillac, can be found in this model. MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to present this 1951 Cadillac Series 61 Sedan from Nevada/Texas.

Finished in Exeter Green, the cars original color, this example has been refinished in its original shade. The paint has been wetsanded and polished to a bright sheen. The trim is solid but does have some minor blemishes and evident patina, the bumpers shine brilliantly. The car has a new windshield and the other glass panels are clear and crackfree. Similarly, the Cadillacs lights are clear and in great shape, including the optional foglights tucked into the chrome grill and above the Dagmar front bumper. The foglights do double duty as the front turn signals. This Detroit classic rides on new Coker Classic radials with wide whitewalls and factory wheel covers and are in very good order. All body panels are solid and straight and look vaultlike. The engine bay is very tidy, highly presentable as is the trunks interior.

Inside, the cars seats look excellent, as the green and tan upholstery is new. The lightcolored headliner and tan carpet are also new. Included is a set of carpeted floormats that match the carpet. The green instrument panel is in very good condition, the dash clock still ticks and the dashboard courtesy lights obediently illuminate when the drivers door opens The original twospoke steering wheel is decked out in calfskin to match the rest of the interior and in very good condition. The inner door panels show some wear but are in overall good shape but the car has new door and trunk rubber seals. Lap safety belts have been added for safety. Completing the interior is the original Delco Selector AM radio, which is inoperable.

The previous owner detailed the work he had performed on the car while he owned it:

New valve lifters and pushrods
Rebuilt mechanical fuel pump with added electrical fuel pump to prevent vaporlock
New shock absorbers at all four corners
Rebuilt alternator
Changed starter brushes
Flushed cooling system
Rebuilt carburetor
Rebuilt brake master and slave cylinders
Repaired instrument cluster
Replaced brake light switch and flashers
Repaired selfcancelling mechanism on directional signals
Repaired vacuumdriven windshield wipers
Installed sealedbeam headlights
Repaired fog lights, which double as front turn signals

Beneath that great green hood is the Cadillacs famous 331 CID V8 engine, its first new engine design after World War II. Its mated to a rebuilt Hydramatic automatic transmission. The 331 engine featured a "dry" (coolant exited through an assembly attached directly to the cylinder heads), open runner (requiring the use of a tappet valve cover) intake manifold, rearmounted distributor and shaftmounted rockers. The rear bearing carries crankshaft end play. It has the lighter 'skirtless' block where the oil pan flange does not descend appreciably below the crankshaft centerline and a partial integral cast iron clutch housing that compares to the early Chrysler Hemi V8 design. This engine features an oiling system which uses a central castin passage between the lifter galleries feeding oil to the cam and crank by grooves machined into the cam bores. A single drilled passage per bearing saddle feeds both cam and crank journals. The lifters are supplied oil through small 'bleeds' instead of placing the lifters directly into the right and left side oil supply galleries.

A minor facelift and small trim variations were the main Cadillac styling news in 1951. Miniature eggcrate grilles were set into the outboard grille extension panels below the headlights. Larger, bullet shaped style bumper guards were used. The features list included handbrake, warning lamp; key start ignition; steering column cover; DelcoRemy generator; kneeaction front suspension; directionals; mechanical fuel pump; dual downdraft carburetor; slippertype pistons; rubber engine mountings; oversize brakes; Super Cushion tires; onepiece windshield; intake silencer; oil bath air cleaner; equalized manifolding; automatic choke and luxury appointments. On the dashboard "idiot lights" were used to monitor oil pressure and electrical charge rate instead of gauges. The smaller body was once again used on the 61s and again identified by the lack of chrome underscores. However, a new medallion appeared on the rear roof pillar of the Series 61, above the upper beltline molding.

Competition to this Cadillac in 1951 included Hudsons Hornet H145, Chryslers Saratoga, Jaguars V 3.5L Saloon and Mercurys Sport Sedan with TouchOMatic.

This example won Car of the Year honors at Cars and Coffee Austin in 2016 https://www.facebook.com/CarsAndCoffeeAustin/photos/a.233070390180501.1073741829.137201569767384/760891770731691/?type=3&theater

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 92,373 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, exempt mileage Texas title. GET OUT AND DRIVE


VIN: 516100110

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This 1951 Cadillac Series 61 was listed for sale on 10-7-17 07:41:12. The vehicle color is Exeter Green and VIN is not available . Kindly check ad for seller's location. Seller`s stock ID is motoe170129. There are other Cadillac cars currently listed for sale on our website. You may desire to see what other Cadillac cars are selling for by visiting our Sales Data page.


  • Transmission: Automatic
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  • Exterior: Exeter Green

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