Cadillac has made some terrific cars over the years. Each decade has a different look and style, and very different price points in the collector market. I love the look of the 30s and 40s cars, and some of the 50s, but they are already very well valued in the market. I am starting to narrow my consideration to a couple of models — the 1965/1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado (convertible), a 1967-1970 Cadillac DeVille Convertible, and a rough earlier Cadillac Convertible.
Cadillac also made a rear wheel drive convertible in 2004-2009, the XLR, but it has been eliminated from consideration by my Wife as ‘too modern’.
1965/1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado
The last of the rear-wheel drive Eldorados. Eldorado as a sub-brand meant the finest of the line since 1953. Fleetwood was a custom high-line body shop later acquired by GM. The Fleetwood Eldorados were to some less special than the earlier Eldorados, and too much like the rest of the Cadillac line for their year. But they were still the pinnacle of features and options.
My friend Tim Carroll of Carroll Custom Cadillac notes:
When it comes to design, 67′ 68′ 69′ have the right body lines to compliment a convertible, it may be just me but the 65′ and 66′ look best with the detailed hard top body lines, these years seem to lose their detail to box look when the top is down?
However, they are beautiful too! I certainly would not turn one away!
I prefer rear-wheel drive, and these are still in a good range for picking up and preserving a classic.
1967-1970 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
Full-body, rear-wheel drive, 472 cubic inches of reliable OHV V8. These are Cadillacs of the old school, with huge torque and hood lines.
The Cadillac 472 cubic inch V8 is very similar to the later / contemporary 500 cubic inch Cadillac engines, and they share a lot of speed / aftermarket part support. This makes them attractive for an ongoing project.
I would love to have and enjoy any of the earlier Cadillac Convertibles, but I believe most of them are already outside my budget unless we start with a really rough project Cadillac.
I love the look of the early cars though!
First Things First
My garage currently is occupied by my Duke SS100. My late Father had purchased this late in life, and we enjoyed sharing stories of getting it back on the road and enjoying driving it.
I will need to sell my Duke SS100 [info at link] before I have space for the classic Cadillac, so not quite in the market yet. But I know what I like…