The Truth About Cars » Cadillac Deville http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:17:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Cadillac Deville http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Coupe de Ville GT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/junkyard-find-1988-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-gt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/junkyard-find-1988-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-gt/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475162 By the late 1980s, the Coupe de Ville had become a not-so-imposing front-wheel-drive machine, sharing the C-body platform used by the Buick Park Avenue and Olds 98. GM had squeezed much of the remaining value out of the Cadillac name by that point, and the average age of the World War II vets who aspired to Cadillac ownership had crept up to close to 70. We don’t really notice these cars today, though quite a few are still on the road, but this one caught my eye because it is a very rare GT version.

As we can see in the 1988 ad above, GM was desperate to woo some younger buyers to the marque. As the 1980s ground on, conspicuous greed became increasingly fashionable, so the marketers imagined that successful American 30-somethings would drive to the polo championship in shiny new Coupe de Villes instead of those damn German cars. Hey, if they want something European, there’s always the Allanté!
These things weren’t bad to drive, but they just didn’t radiate luxury the way their predecessors did. It took Cadillac a long time to come back from the dark days of, say, 1972 until the Escalade Era.
I didn’t see any Landau emblems, but the padded vinyl landau roof is in full effect.
Cadillac never made a factory Coupe de Ville GT, of course; this one boasts some enhancements added by what I assume was its final owner.
The pinstripe decals on the marker lights were likely applied by the same owner.
The HT4100 V8 engine gets a bad rap, but the half-dozen or so we’ve seen in 24 Hours of LeMons racing have been very reliable. Perhaps the problem with this engine on the street is the lack of cornering G forces to massage the engine oil properly.
I may have to go back and buy these crypto-opera interior lights for my van.
170,125 miles on the clock, which was pretty good for a late-80s GM product.

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Junkyard Find: 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville Convertible http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1970-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-convertible/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1970-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-convertible/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=425492 I must admit I’ve lost track of the variations on the DeVille name used by Cadillac over the decades; according to the 1970 sales brochure, this car— which I found at the same Denver yard that gave us the ’82 AM General Postal Jeep yesterday— was a “de Ville” (two words, first starting with lower-case letter). It’s pretty well used up, but you can still see the genuine pre-malaise luxury.
In my opinion, Cadillac (and, for that matter, GM) peaked in the early 1960s, and by 1970 the brand’s status had been watered down by diminished build quality and higher sales figures— this was still a well-built car, especially compared to its Malaise Era successors, but the Cadillac name was already beginning its long slide. The GTO taught The General that marketing was more important than product, and Cadillac was dragged along for the ride.
But let’s not dwell on the negative. Cadillac is building good stuff again, and the ’70 Coupe de Ville convertible was a helluva car. Check out this mighty 472-cubic-inch V8, with its staggering 525 foot-pounds of torque; not quite as impressive as the Eldorado’s 500-cubic-inch engine with its 550 foot-pounds, but… damn!
There’s rust. There’s Bondo.
Cruise control! Thermostat-controlled HVAC!
Why is there a rubber dolphin hanging from a shoelace tied to the rear-view mirror? Who can say?
The Denver Zephyrs were a triple-A baseball team that played at the future Mile High Stadium from 1985 through 1992. Always interesting to see such time-capsule stuff on junked cars.
I came close to buying the hardtop version of this car when I was 17; the sound of the Quadrajet-fed 472 was the biggest selling point. Instead, I went with a psychotic ’58 Beetle.

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