1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
The name "DeVille" is derived from the French de la ville or de
ville meaning "of the town". In French coach building parlance, a
coupe de ville, from the French couper (to cut) i.e. shorten or
reduce, was a short four-wheeled closed carriage with an inside
seat for two and an outside seat for the driver and this smaller
vehicle was intended for use in the town or city (de ville).
They say everything is bigger in Texas, although this Caddy's
presence in the Classic Auto Mall showroom, this writer would beg
to differ. All 18.75 feet of this bundle of Detroit iron can whisk
you down the road so smoothly you will not even know you are
moving, all in extra stuffed leather comfort. This golden oldie is
a nicely preserved example all in working condition. Plus, it's a 2
door with black vinyl top and big chrome all around. It does not
get any better than this.
The obsession with chrome had ended and now in the mid 1960's. It
was still used, but only in key points of the overall construction.
This year makes use of it mostly for the bumpers. This gold
iridescent repaint is not without the chrome jewelry in that the
massive bumpers, horizontal dual headlights and vertical tail
lights on the ends of the rear quarters, and it all presents in
nice condition. The black vinyl top is also in good condition as
are all window trimmings. Some metal on the trunk deck just around
the top is seen with the beginnings of bubbling. The trunk when
popped shows the lining in the throws of some dry rot, and
consigner states there are small holes in the floor. Never fear
though, there is still room for the mother in law's 13 bags she's
bringing on her 6 weeks stay at your house.
Inside makes use of avocado molded vinyl door panels, with a
horizontal area of higher maple wood applique. A brushed stainless
panel in the armrest houses the power windows, locks and mirror
toggle. With plenty of padding and wrapped in medium gold leather
we see a split bench in front, and a full bench in the rear, major
center flip up and down armrest, one is tempted to ask "wheres the
damn remote?" Talk about convenience options, power steering, power
brakes, power windows, power seats, and climate control. All at the
touch of a button. Also added an aftermarket AM/FM/CD/Satellite
capable stereo residing below the dash and just above it in the
dedicated smoker's option above the center dash. A hidden lighter,
and dual ashtray convenience from a time when smoking was still
safe. Seen also is more of the nicely stained tiger maple added in
as accenting. Beautiful thick pile antique gold carpeting is on all
floors and is pretty clean and unfaded. The above headliner shows a
bit of smudging and slight wear.
Seated in what appears to be an unrestored engine bay, an 8.2 liter
Eldorado 500ci V8 topped with a 4-barrel carburetor, and attached
to a 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic transmission, shifts smoothly, and
even saves gas.... as if you care! On the back is a 10-bolt 2.93
The smooth ride courtesy the independent coil spring front
suspension, and 4 link with coil springs on the rear is nicely
presented with road dirt patina and a smattering of surface and
some invasive rust noted. Power disc brakes for the front and power
drums for the rear and a like new exhaust system is seen snaking
its way rearward on this large and in-charge undercarriage.
She fired right up and after a nice warmup it gave me a nice slow
boil on the test track...meaning nice acceleration, good handling
for a large vehicle, and ultra-smooth ride. Braking is top notch,
and comfort and conveniences are all in working order.
A resprayed exterior that is iridescent, nice chrome and brite work
exterior, and original leather interior car with loads of
convenience options, vinyl hard topper, wrapping an original
unrestored engine bay, and underside/undercarriage. That about sums
it up, except for its very special in its design, size and overall
condition and deserves a serious look.
218211-Sequential Unit Number
ST 70 68347-1970 Coupe DeVille
BDY FWD34739-Fleetwood Body #
TR 384-Medium Gold Leather
PNT 59-Bayberry Metallic
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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.