1975 Cadillac Coupe Deville De Elegance
If you attended that Cadillac Club's national meet last summer, you probably saw cars just like this all-original 1975 Coupe DeVille drawing crowds all week. Why? Originality rocks. You can restore originality into a car, so more and more hobbyists are discovering the joys of a clean, original machine. Don't understand what we're talking about? Come drive this fantastically authentic Cadillac and it'll all be clear. First off, this is a really BIG car, and after 1976, there would never again be a Coupe DeVille this massive. But that doesn't mean it's clumsy, and thanks to tidy proportions it looks great even today. The original Cotillion White paint is in remarkable condition, which isn't a surprise since it has only 41,391 original miles. There's a soft shine that only vintage paint can capture, and nobody will second-guess you when you tell them that it's all original. There's obviously no rust thanks to a lifetime someplace warm, and although the doors are massive, they fit well and don't sag. And yes, Cadillacs have always been about chrome, and there's a lot of it here, including massive bumpers, bright rocker panel moldings, and trim around the windows. Another cool feature are those pods on the front fenders, which house fiber-optic lenses indicating the status of the headlights, parking lights, and hi-beams. Inside, this Coupe DeVille feels like a living room on wheels, and the pillow-tufted velour seats are in remarkably good condition. The burgundy fabric remains in good shape with no splits or tears, quite remarkable for production-grade materials that are approaching 45 years old. Power accessories were expected at this level, and include a power front bench, power windows and locks, and automatic climate control (1975 was the first year A/C was standard on a Cadillac, by the way). There's no question the mileage is authentic and it certainly looks like the back seat has never been used. The original AM/FM radio still works, as does the power antenna, which pokes itself up six inches when you turn on the radio, with a manual override just to the left of the radio dials. The massive trunk is fully upholstered with the factory-issued rubber mat, and that may even be the original spare under the cover, along with a full jack assembly. Cadillac's claim to fame in the '70s was the world's largest production V8, a 500 cubic inch monster that provided effortless torque to move these big land yachts with ease. They're also remarkably durable and reliable machines, with a Rochester 4-barrel carburetor up top and an HEI ignition system to light it up. This one wears its original Cadillac Blue paint, factory air cleaner, and all the original accessories are fully functional. It's backed by a TH400 3-speed automatic spinning 2.73 gears out back, so highway cruising is smooth and silent, just as it should be. The single exhaust system has a muted hum that sounds right and the floors are obviously in excellent condition with no significant issues beyond some road grime. Newer 235/75/15 whitewall radials have been fitted to the original wheels, so it rides like a hovercraft and the factory hubcaps are clean and simple, a contrast to the rest of the car. Big luxury cruisers like this are finding traction in the market, and a fantastic original car like this is sure to attract attention anywhere it goes. Call today!