1966 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
Cadillac has been the preferred auto brand of celebrated people for
more than a century. And its latest models, including the ATS, the
CT6, and the Escalade, are intended to keep it that way. Some
notables include Al Capone, Liberace, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley
Temple, and Fats Domino.
You don't have to be a celebrity to own a classic Caddy, and the
proof in in the pudding right here in the halls of Classic Auto
Mall, and on the red carpet this 1966 Coupe DeVille (meaning car of
the town). This big old Caddy-skate with its large Detroit iron
sides, luxury appointments and dripping with mid 60's elegance is
sure to not be on stage here too long because these have become
desirable stars in their own right.
Photographers will be burning up flashbulbs clamoring to get a
glimpse of this long and strong '66, (at least ours was!). And the
images he captured will show every aspect of this celebrity draped
in Strathmore White, large straight steel all minding their gaps
nicely. Upfront we see a specimen in gleaming rust and dimple free
chrome bumper framing an egg crate grille. Dual stacked headlights
flanking a large and long hood with a cloisonne Caddy crown and the
V Chevron badge below in excellent condition leads the way. We make
our way back and window surround trimmings are good. On the rear
window surround we note some rust in the seam between the surround
the filler panel, but without taking the surrounding trim off we do
not know the extent of it. The rear, with its gleaming vertical
taillights within the bumper on either side frame a large trunk
which could bring at least $2,600/month on the NYC apartment rental
page. Standard Cadillac dish style wheels are on all 4 corners.
The talk of the town on awards night is always who and what is she
wearing? Well with a swing of the doors I'll tell you...numerous
tactile surfaces abound on the door panels in the form of
broadcloth diamond pattern stitching with some metal thread thrown
in, all in shades of black. Faux padded leather panels are broken
up by lots of chrome trimmings and power toggles for windows and
locks, and a sole crank for the vent window. Turning out attention
to the big benches, split in front and solid in the rear, we see
more of the same shades of black diamond pattern broadcloth
surrounded by smooth black leather on the bolsters, and armrest in
the center. Power switches allow for full range of adjustment on
the front bench. It's pure unadulterated GM design up front on the
dash with a mixture of black padded vinyl broken up on the front by
chromed bezels, aluminum strips, and a heater/defroster controller
complete with full cigarette station hanging below the dash. Up top
is a pristine black headliner, and bottom is nice black stain free
carpet. Not to be overlooked is the sentinel sensor which will
automatically dim the headlights when an oncoming car
Simply driven (literally!) to become famous, a big 429ci numbers
matching V8 sits comfortably in a nicely aged unrestored engine
bay. It is topped by a 4-barrel Carter AFB carb, and has a TH400
3-speed automatic transmission on the back.
A light coating of surface rust is seen on some frame parts and
peppers the usual suspects. Overall though, it is structurally
sound, floorpans are very nice, and suspension is fairly clean.
Rockers and body hangers are strong, and coil springs are seen on
all 4 corners and these work in conjunction with independent front
suspension and 4 link rear. Power drum brakes for all corners.
All in working order and surprisingly ordered without A/C, I
floated down the red carpet, or in my case specifically the blue
highways with ease, in this smooth runner, nice handler, and easy
Definitely an Oscar winner on the exterior, interior and
drivetrain. Fit and finish remain good, and this car has led a
charmed life. With its great performance, it will rise to a
standing ovation and its accolades are certainly not an act!
257801-Sequential Unit Number
05D-4th Week May 1966
ST 66 68357-1966 Coupe Deville
BDY FWD39787-Fleetwood Body #
TR 311-Black Desmond Cloth, Black Leather
PNT 12-Strathmore White
EY-Soft Ray Glass, Power Front Seat
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.