Cadillac DeVille Convertible
Throughout the 20th century and the turbulent 1960s in particular, Cadillac remained the undisputed leader of the American luxury car market. For 1965, Cadillac positioned itself for continued success with its completely restyled models. The dated tailfins were finally eliminated in favor of smart, blade-type rear fenders. Greater interior space was made possible with a new perimeter frame design, allowing the engine to be moved forward six inches and replacing the outdated X-member arrangement of the 1950s. The overall result was both an unqualified success and a design statement of pure, understated elegance “…laid out with an architect’s precision,” according to Motor Trend.
As the 1960s advanced, many new emissions and safety features ensured compliance with tightening government standards, while an all-new 472 cubic inch V8 engine appeared in 1968 and maintained Cadillac’s tradition of strong performance with its 375-horsepower output. A comprehensive restyling for 1969 bore the influence of the groundbreaking 1967 Eldorado, followed by detail refinements for 1970 including a revised grille with 13 vertical blades and a pair of narrow V-shaped taillights. Production totals approached 239,000 vehicles for the 1970 model year, an all-time divisional record for Cadillac.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
375 bhp, 472 cu. in. V8 engine, Rochester Quadra-Jet four-barrel carburetor, Turbo Hydra-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with four-link suspension and coil springs, and front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 129.5"
Source: RM Auctions
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