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The first Cadillac “Coupe de Ville” was shown during the 1949 Autorama and it quickly became an enduring favorite among Cadillac buyers and enthusiasts. for 1976, the grille saw a new and finer crosshatching pattern. Cornering lamps got new horizontal chrome trim while tail lamps gained a new bold look. Eight different color accent stripes were available. Vinyl tops were now integral padded Elk grain material. New trims included sporty plaids, plush velours, knits and 11 distinctive genuine leathers. Coupe de Villes had a new vinyl roof whose top molding served as a continuation of the door “belt” molding. A Controlled (limited-slip) Differential was included for extra traction. An optional illuminated entry and theft deterrence system was optional. A new Freedom battery never needed water. New turbine veined and wire wheel covers were offered. A new option locked the doors when the transmission lever was shifted to “Drive”. Cadillac also offered Track Master, a computerized skid prevention system that automatically pumped the back brakes in an emergency to shorten stopping distance. New options included a push-button Weather Band built into the AM/FM stereo signal-seeking radio, loose pillow style seats for d’Elegance packages, plus power passenger and manual driver seatback recliners for 50/50 front seats. Of the 15 standard and six optional Firemist body colors, 13 were new this year. New standard features included map light, Soft-Ray tinted glass, spare tire cover, washer fluid level indicator, and steel belted radial whitewall tires.
Ordered new at Cornell Chevrolet in Victoria B.C. by the most recent owner, this is the most original Cadillac Coupe DeVille we’ve seen. It is also the end of the “big car” era in the United States, culminating in the late 1970s where cars reached proportions not seen again, – which is 230.7” long. These big luxury cars are reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s, where the wealthy drove massive Packards, Cords and Duesenbergs.
It has been garage kept its entire life and rarely seen rain. The family had a number of collectable 1960s and 70s cars and used the sparingly, as apparent from the mileage on this Cadillac. You probably won’t find a more original car. We are told there were never any accidents, never any paintwork, and no issues with the running and driving of the car EVER. It is a time capsule. We like the unusual colour combination of black with red strip over a blue velour cloth interior. An appraisal was done a few years ago on the car for insurance purposes and it verifies the mileage and condition of the car. A value of 19,500 was set of insurance purposes. The appraiser noted that this Coupe DeVille d’Elegance was loaded with every option except moonroof and leather.
If you are looking for one of the iconic, late-1970s “big” luxury cars- this is certainly the best example we’ve seen around. One of our best customers once said he couldn’t afford cars like this when they were new, so why not buy a “like new” one now and enjoy it!