Junkyard Find: 1975 Cadillac Coupe De Ville Custom

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1975 cadillac coupe de ville custom

My recent trip to Southern California resulted in a bonanza of Junkyard Finds, including the first-ever Junkyard Find Jensen Interceptor, this Maserati Biturbo Spyder, this hyper-rare Sterling 827 SLi fastback, this super-scary AM General ice cream truck, and this Corinthian Leather-equipped Chrysler Cordoba. Is that all? No, that is not all! Today we’re going to admire an amazingly luxurious customized Malaise Coupe de Ville.

The problem with the factory version of this car was the lack of privacy in the back seat. Say you’re above all the lights in those high-rolling hills— do you want your romantic Cadillac activities to be visible to everyone?

500 cubic inches, 210 horsepower. That’s just barely 25 horses per liter.

Not that you really need a lot of horsepower with a sled like this. Sadly, the custom vinyl isn’t looking so good when you get up close.

Scrap metal is just worth too much to keep a car like this away from The Crusher.

Here’s an ad that shows Cadillac’s push to be the least exclusive luxury marque. As we all know, that didn’t work out so well for The General.

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  • -Nate -Nate on Jan 30, 2014

    Well -I- like it just fine . Especially the whorehouse red interior . As mentioned these thirty beasts were wonderful open road cars and easy to park too . Sadly , it looks like my 1980 Fleetwood S & S Victoria Hearse may need to be sold this Spring . -Nate

  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on May 08, 2014

    I also appreciate that interior. When (if) I am able to start collecting and restoring cars (again), malaise era Big 3 luxury barges will be my auto of choice. Keep the body and interior original and then upgrade the other components. Parallel parking these as others have mentioned was not that hard. Fairly good visibility and one finger steering. I took my driver's exam in a '73 Lincoln, with no problems. The examiner was so impressed with the car that he basically gave me a 'pass' from the start but still made me parallel park.

  • Chuck Norton And guys are having wide spread issues with the 10 speed transmission with the HP numbers out of the factory......
  • Zerofoo "Hyundais just got better and better during the 1990s, though, and memories of those shoddy Excels faded."Never. A friend had an early 90s Hyundai Excel as his college beater. One day he decided that the last tank of gas he bought was worth more than the car. He drove it to empty and then he and his fraternity brothers pushed it into the woods and left it there.
  • Kwik_Shift There are no new Renegades for sale within my geographic circle of up to 85 kms. Looks like the artificial shortage game. They bring one in, 10 buyers line up for it, $10,000 over MSRP. Yeah. Like with a lot of new cars.
  • Ribbedroof In Oklahoma, no less!
  • Ribbedroof Have one in the shop for minor front collision repairs right now,I've seen more of these in the comments than in the 30 years I've been in collision repair.