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 dynasty broadcloth and glittering like
gold comfort . This green with envy oldie is an example that needs
some TLC but still in very working condition. Plus it's a 2 door,
big chrome all around, and the original engine. and yes success is
measured by the inch!
The obsession with chrome had ended in the mid 1960's. It was still
used, but only in key points of the overall construction. This
green respray named Bayberry Metallic and is much like avocado
green, is not without that chrome jewelry in that the massive
bumpers, horizontal dual headlights, and front V shaped grille. A
solid steel roof wrapped in cream vinyl covers the passenger
compartment. Steel panels are straight, however on either side of
the front quarters just behind them wheel wells there is an area
that has invasive rust right through the inner panels of the
undercarriage. A small trim spear, which begins just above the
wrap-around front ribbed signal and running lighting, runs the
length of the car to the triangular pointed tail lights that stick
out above on the rear quarters. Not a fin, but certainly prevalent
and framing the NYC 3 bedroom apartment size trunk on either side.
The long hood is impressive as well and not to be outdone by the
trunk is even longer in its run from the grille to the front
windscreen. Chromed wire spoked wheel coverings are wrapped by
tasteful thin whitewall rubber on all 4 corners.
Inside makes use of gold molded vinyl door panels, with a
horizontal area of gold suede. A brushed stainless panel in the
armrest houses the power windows, locks and mirror joystick. With
plenty of padding and wrapped in medium gold dynasty broadcloth 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?" Bolsters are in gold leather and are smooth with some
piping on the edging, and uppers have 3 buttons. Talk about
convenience options, power steering, power brakes, power windows,
power seats, and climate control, all at the touch of a button.
Also the factory AM/FM stereo residing within the dash, and just
below is a CB unit and an early car phone. Seen also is more of the
nicely stained tiger maple added in as accenting for the gauge dash
front panel covering. Beautiful thick pile antique gold carpeting
is on all floors and is pretty clean and unfaded. The above
headliner is also lighter gold, and is nice and tight.
Seated in what appears to be an unrestored engine bay, the a 472ci
V8 with a 4 barrel carburetor, and attached to a 3-speed
TH400automatic transmission, shifts smoothly, and even saves
gas.... as if you care! On the back is a 12 bolt 2.93 rear axle.
Some rust is open the valve coverings and the entire engine bay has
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 on the inner rockers is noted. Power disc
braking is on front, and power drum brakes are on back. The exhaust
is stock and has heavy surface rust on pipes, and some has been
sprayed with a silver rattle can.
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 showed the AC is not blowing cold, the
clock is not working and the radio is stuck on seek. Also getting
in and out, the respray does not cover the door jambs or thresholds
which are the original green paint from the factory.
A resprayed exterior that is iridescent, nice chrome and brite work
exterior, and original broadcloth damask and leather interior car
with loads of convenience options, vinyl hard topper, straight
steel with some invasive rust, 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 it deserves
a serious look if you want to roll large and in charge.
148294-Sequential Unit Number
ST 70 68347-1970 Coupe DeVille
BDY FWD12288-Lansing Body #
TR 344-Medium Gold Dynasty Cloth & Leather
PNT 59M-Bayberry Metallic, Beige Top
10C-3rd Week October Build
EY-Soft Ray Glass
S-Dual Comfort Seats
L-Auto Level ControlM-Power Locks
I-Rim Blow Horn
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 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.