Posts Tagged ‘fleetwood’

Never This Nice – 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine

June 11, 2016

In the context of the entirety of Cadillac’s 114-year history, Cadillac’s compact, front-wheel-drive C-body cars will likely not get much respect among car enthusiasts. Riding on a front-wheel-drive platform, this “Cadillac of the future”, as it was described in period advertising, must have only been for the short-term future, because Cadillac reverted to rear-wheel-drive after the demise of the Seville. Among many of the right-sized American cars of the 1980s, only a few were honored by factory limousine conversions – Cadillac’s Fleetwood and Chrysler’s LeBaron being the most prominent (and perhaps only) ones. Check out this 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine for sale for $3995 in Monterey Park, CA.

1986 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 right front

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The Whale Series – Cadillac Couple

July 17, 2009

In the last few years (maybe with increasing wisdom age) I’ve started to see the appeal in pre-70s Cadillacs. They seem to have been built before a time where the accountants held the reins at GM, before the badge-engineering phase, and when Cadillacs were something you aspired to instead of laughed at from the wheel of your Euro-mobile. In the last few years they’ve regained some of their appeal, but to find a rusty-but-trusty candidate you really have to reach back into the sixties. Which, as I found, is pretty hard to do since anything that’s not just a project is at the higher end of the price range of cars I like to feature. Both the cars featured today are late 60s cars, a design period which is often overshadowed by the more garish Cadillacs of the 50s and early 60s, but these have their own sort of understated, simpler elegance.

First in this two-fer is this 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham in St. Petersburg, FL. I normally stay away from eastern cars just because the likelihood of rust is that much greater, and sure enough, this one has a few spots here and there. But on this car you still get the elegant stacked headlights and pillarless bodystyle. It does need a bit of work to revive it, as it’s been stored for 6 years, but the seller implies through his comments on the brakes that the car is driveable. Clearly, you’d want to look into the quality of his restoration, but since he did it himself he should be able to comment on the work done. For a Cadillac of the period, these have minimal chrome and a really tidy design.

1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

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