Junkyard Find: 1975 Cadillac Coupe De Ville Custom

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

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.






Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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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.

  • Akear I just wish GM could produce a vehicle 80% as good as the crown.I sat in a Trax at a Chevrolet dealership this weekend and was shocked how cheap it felt. GM does not care.GM - what a disgrace!
  • Akear I like the grill treatment of all Mitsubishi products. It is an interesting and original design.
  • El scotto Some rambling thoughts; Elon is pulling billions in cash out of Tesla. Tesla will be around, Elon won't let them fail. Mitsubishi is an odd place, you can't sell vehicles if you don't have dealers. Out of all the "Automalls" near you, how many have a Mitsubishi dealership? The Agnellis owned Fiat, Fiat got sold to Stellantis. The Agnellis control Exor. How much of Stellantis does Exor own? I really should be drinking beer with Billy Ford and talking Big-10 trash with him. Ford and Lucid should work out a partnership. You want an electric Lincoln? Have Lucid build it and slap a Lincoln name plate on it. BTW, kick Farley's butt to the curb.
  • Akear US contentChevrolet Trax - 5%Honda Pilot - 52%What a disgrace!I glad Consumer Reports panned the Trax, and put it on its avoid list.
  • Akear This is similar to what lazy GM and Ford used to do.
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