By on March 9, 2010

Kudos to John Margherita for nailing the BMW 1800, and pdq. Today, we have a two-fer, for a special CC occasion. Tomorrow’s CC is in the front, but the car behind it was a previous CC. You get triple bonus points if you remember the general theme of that CC. And quadruple points if you know why that CC has historical significance (at TTAC). Rack those memory banks!

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21 Comments on “Curbside Classic Clue...”

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    A 1975 Cadillac Sedan de Ville?

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    I’m almost certain the car in front is a Mercedes – but I’m not 100% sure what kind. Closest thing I can find after a quick search for old Mercs online is the R107 SL.

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    1974 Caddy.

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    The car in the foreground is the 1971 Coupe de Ville, similar to one Paul caught a ride in while hitchhiking along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the same year. It was a CC one year ago Wednesday.

    The car in front of the Caddy looks to me like an early-80s Japanese import, maybe a Toyota or Nissan. (The taillights appear too shallow to be a ‘Benz.)

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    Steven Lang

    The car in front should be a 1976 – 1978 Mercedes. More than likely an American version.

    The one with the hood should be a POS Caddy or some other underengineered snoremobile from the mid to late 1970’s. Beats the living daylights out of the POS Accord that was given all the adulating adjectives not too long ago.

    By the way, when are you going to be honoring man’s most beautiful creation of the last thirty years… the minivan? I’m still waiting when this column starts honoring cars that came out during the best administration in the history of mankind.

    Am I going to have to do it for you? Read my lips…

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    The 71 Caddy is the first CC.

    The other car is a 1979ish Toyota Corolla Liftback.

    The theme seems to revolve around economics……….

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    The car in front–a post-74 Toyota/Datsun–I say a 78-79 Datsun 810. (maybe a 76-77 Mazda Cosmo or 78 Corolla Liftback)

    The hood belongs to a 73 Cadillac DeVille.

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    1981 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. Probably with the 8-6-4 engine

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    I agree with two others on here by claiming the tattered vinyl top-adorned car to be a 1971 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. I believe the CC about the aforementioned vehicle included a historical perspective on standard of living, a brief lesson on economics, and an overarching theme based on father’s frugality.

    The car in front looks like a 1970s vintage Toyota Corolla. I’m not so sure though, because my heart is with good ol’ Dee-troit iron and I couldn’t be less interested in foreign cars.

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    The car in front is of course a late 70s Honda Accord coupe.

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    The hood is that of an early 1970’s Cadillac, either Coupe deVille or Sedan deVille. The other car is a late 1970’s Toyota Corolla Liftback.

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    The back end of the car in front is the Honda Accord sedan you featured as the most influential modern car and the back one looks to be a 73 Cadillac coupe or sedan deVille,or one of the generation ruined by the 5 mph bumper regs.

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    I’m also thinking Cadillace Coupe or Sedan de Ville. However, it might be as early as a ’69, when they flipped the headlight stack from vertical to horizontal, IIRC.

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    I agree with the others…an early- to mid-70s Cadillac C-body (Calais, de Ville or Fleetwood).

    The monitors on the tops of the fenders are a dead giveaway. Prior to computerized “driver information centers,” these used fiber-optic cables that ran from the monitors to the tail, brake and turn indicator lamp. The driver knew if a bulb failed when one of the monitors’ lenses failed to glow.

    GM was once a big fan of this “high-tech” (for the time) feature. My brother-in-law’s ’71 Vette had these in the center console, and my Dad had an ’84 Cadillac with two inside of the car, just above the rear window. In that car you monitored the tail and rear turn indicators by viewing the indicators through the rearview mirror!

    It was kind of startling to drive Dad’s car on a dark night if you were unfamiliar with this feature…applying the brakes caused the appearance of two red lights coming from behind you.

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    it’s a ’77 to ’92 C-body Fleetwood. My friends and I took one apart for a parts car for a 500 swap into his ’78 Impala. Not exactly a drop-in but not too difficult either.

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    It’s the 1971 Coupe de Ville from last year. And, after looking at the angle this pic was shot, it makes sense because as the 70’s progressed, the fronts of the standard Caddies (de Ville and Fleetwoods) became even more squared off, and this one rounds off ever so slightly.

    And I’m thinking that the car in the front is a late 70’s Corolla Liftback.

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    Austin Greene

    1976 model year Cadillac Seville. It was the first year of this game changer for Cadillac. All of the first ones came with a full vinyl roof as there was an initial concern with the roof panel and it had to be hidden until it was worked out.

    The car itself was based on the X body Nova, and the platform was modified to the point where it was given its own designation as a K body.

    The 1976 Seville was significant in that it was the first time that Cadillac tried to compete with it’s competition, not by building a larger car but, by building a smaller car. It had a electronic fuel injected version of the Oldsmobile 350 and while it was the smallest vehicle in the Cadillac line, it was the most expensive.

    Notwithstanding what people will say here, it was an unparalleled sales success. The 1976 Seville debuted the “sheer style” and was the first car downsized by GM. The next model year the downsized B and C bodies appeared, followed in 1978 by the downsized A bodies.

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    Here’s your answer

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