1972 Cadillac Coupe Deville
1972 was a very BIG year for Cadillac, as well as for US workers.
And in a number of ways, things haven't been quite the same for any
of us since. When this 1972 Coupe DeVille first rolled off the
assembly line, it was the biggest ever, a full nineteen feet long
and almost seven feet wide. And this generation remains the
high-water mark for American cars, in size. The '72 Caddy was the
quintessential land barge; it floated along serenely and
optimistically across America on the fresh and un-crowded
interstate system, its 7.7-liter V8 slurping a gallon of 39-cent
gas every twelve blissfully-isolated miles. (Thanks to Paul
Niedermeyer at Curbside Classics!)
For consignment this record holder for the largest car of this era
the 1972 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. All steel, all large, all nicely
preserved on the interior and exterior. An overall expensive
appearing patina on most surfaces.
With plenty of metal to cover, gallons of Cotillion White have now
enveloped this car. The paint is nice, and all chrome trimmings are
shiny and not pitted or rusted. The V shaped front grille with the
hood atop of it emulating that V takes your eye forever until you
reach the windshield. The rear trunk lid is much the same, weighing
in with square footage much the same as a NY apartment! A fairly
clean white vinyl covered hardtop shows no rust underneath and all
glass is clear and clean. Rear fender skirts and those large
vertical taillights melting into the bumper on the back are iconic
Cadillac design cues. Standard Caddy wheel covers are wrapped in
thin white sidewalls which note very little usage on the rubber
Dark Blue is the interior color, and all surfaces show a nicely
aged patina. The driver's door panel houses all the controls for
the windows and drivers mirror, as well as a handy door mounted
wiper/washer box within ergonomic reach...something not seen every
day. Turning our attention to the interior seating arrangements, we
note dual large overstuffed leather covered and buttoned buckets
with a fold down central armrest. The seats are powered to get it
just right baby bear. The leather is showing some light folding
creases, but it reminds me of a nicely used favorite leather chair
you might have at home. A large couch like rear bench in matching
blue leather, also sports a central arm rest, and this bench also
has arms on either side which harbor the essential ashtrays and
window toggles. Upfront the long wide dash is in padded blue vinyl
and has some wood applique running through the center of it. All
gauges are clean and clear plastic coverings are looking good. An
aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette radio is now replacing the original GM
radio. Slightly faded blue carpet floods the large floor plan, and
a deep shiny blue headliner is hanging in there tightly above this
luxurious passenger compartment.
The big mill which is a 472ci V8, is original to this car and sits
within a nicely preserved engine bay. A single 4-barrel carburetor
liberally feeds this engine, and it puts power rearward to a TH400
3-speed automatic transmission, and a 2.93 rear axle.
Structurally sound with just 2 areas of concern which are on either
side just in front of the rear wheel wells where some invasive rust
is seen on the inside rockers. This has not seemed to affect the
exterior on these areas. Floorpans and remainder of the
undercarriage are solid. Power disc brakes are up front and power
drums for the rear. Lots more aged patina surfaces under here.
Upon getting in I felt a bit like I needed to put my yacht
captains' hat on so I could successfully navigate our test track.
She cranked right to life and idled with nary a sound. I took off
and it did so with ease, propelling me forward with ease. She
corners nicely, and the brakes brought me to an abrupt halt.
Stepping hard on the gas offers up nice acceleration as well as a
hiss from the exhaust as I moved quickly up to cruising speed. And
what a smooth ride to boot!
Well preserved and nicely aged would best sum up this luxurious
piece of Detroit iron. Plenty of interior space to romp around in,
and the leather is soft and supple. Surrounded by many conveniences
you and your passengers can whisk down the highways and byways
while you watch the gas gauge needle take a dive towards the E. But
hey it's a Caddy...who cares?
47-2 Door Hardtop
E-Linden, NJ Assy Plant
366097-Sequential Unit Number
ST 72 68447-1972 Coupe Deville
BDY E7945-Linden Body #
TR 366 A65-Dark Blue Leather Split Bench
PNT 11L-Cotillion White, White Vinyl Top
01B-2nd Week January 1972 Build
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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
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