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This 1940 LaSalle 5019 Sedan is a superbly preserved vehicle.

"General Motors created the LaSalle to fill the price gap between Buick and Cadillac in its lineup," stated the owner's summary at the 2012 Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance. "The marquee was in production in Cadillac factories for model years 1927-40."

This beauty is a powerful 322ci flathead V-8 with 130hp, according to the summary.

"The 1940s were endowed with styling that marked a high point in the marquee's all-too-brief history," the owner's summary noted. "The longer wheelbase, torpedo-bodied cars had a sloped windshield, no belt molding, a smoother line down the rear over the trunk, more spacious interiors and larger windows.

"The distinctive grille arguably reached its pinnacle: slimmer than Cadillac's but artfully shaped and incorporating vertical bright work in the 'catwalk' areas between grille and headlamps and fully integrated with the fenders."

The owner (I don't identify owners and also blank out license-plate numbers) also said there were 24,130 LaSalles built in 1940.

"The price niche was crowded," the summary stated. "GM elected to drop LaSalle and replace it with an entry-level Cadillac for 1941.

"This example is equipped with an under-seat heater, vacuum antenna and fog lights."

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Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Cars
Subcategory Detail:Vintage
Keywords:1940 LaSalle, 1940 LaSalle 5019 Sedan, 1940 LaSalle Sedan, 1940 cars, 1940 sedans, 5019 Sedan, Cadillac, LaSalle