1976 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
1976 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
The name "DeVille" is derived from the French de la ville or de ville meaning "of the town". In French coach building parlance, a coupé de ville, from the French couper (to cut) i.e. shorten or reduce, was a short four-wheeled closed carriage with an inside seat for two and an outside seat for the driver and this smaller vehicle was intended for use in the town or city (de ville).
They say everything is bigger in Texas, although this Caddy's presence in the Classic Auto Mall showroom, this writer would beg to differ. All 19.16 feet of this bundle of Detroit iron, can whisk you down the road so smoothly, you will not even know you are moving, all in pillowed velour comfort. This example with a mere 20,594 miles (thought to be original) presents in good condition.
Paint code 37 points to the exterior being Claret Metallic Red and appears to be a repaint. Steel throughout this car appears original to the car, and paint except for where noted is in very good condition. Passenger hood appears to have slight rippling, Small bubbling is seen on passenger upper door panel. The roof of the car is undamaged and appears unmarried. Near the center of the massive hood on the driver's side are 3 paint chips pencil eraser size are seen. Original hub caps are unmarried, lighting all intact and working. Viewing the underside of the car reveals typical surface rust, undercoating and over all very nice condition patina suspension and frame.
Cadillac Light Buckskin Velour cushion inserts and vinyl bolsters covers the interior seating, and for added plush, a touch of pillowing has been placed in the seat cushions for even more sinking into them. 20,594 miles are shown on the odometer, and typical mid-seventies square and variation thereof design motif is present with the gauge clusters, and driver controls. Floor carpeting appears in good condition and again not out of the ordinary for a low mileage, only driven on Sunday car. Power conveniences all operational, as well as electrics. Door panels present with faux veneer, and vinyl over a lower panel of carpeting that matches the flooring. Headliner is in very good condition and is dimpled pattern vinyl.
A 500ci V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor accelerates and moves this bunch of sculpted steel down the road. Engine compartment is very clean, with slight corrosion is seen on aluminum parts. A TH400 automatic transmission shifts smoothly and the car is suspended by double A arm front, and coil spring rear suspension. Tires are virtually new and have recently been updated.
This long and wide luxury was all the rage to show success in the pre-euro invasion era. The bigger the better, and gas mileage be damned, although emissions were taken seriously. GM went under the assumption that if you could afford the car, you can afford the gas to put into it. A closer personal inspection is needed to appreciate this Cadillac that is Dy-No-Myte!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 150 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. A 450 barn find collection is currently also on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.