1966 Cadillac Deville Convertible
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 18.68 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 extra stuffed leather comfort. This example is in nice partially restored, all working condition.
The obsession with chrome had ended and now in the mid 1960's it was still used, but only in key points of the overall construction. This Chrystal Mist repaint is not without the chrome jewelry in that the massive bumpers, vertical tail lights, and brite work have a goodly amount of it, and it all presents in nice condition. The white convertible top also in good condition, operates smoothly and quickly, and when dropped, reveals a massive passenger compartment. Speaking of plenty of real estate, the hood, and trunk lids are not worth sneezing at. The trunk when popped aftermarket carpet covers a texture painted landscape, and a spare and jack resides there too. There is still room for mother in law's 13 bags she's bringing on her weeks stay at your house.
Beautiful green leather with plenty of padding split bench in front, and a full bench in the rear, major center flip up and down armrest, one is tempted to ask “where's the remote?” Talk about convenience options, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, power up and down convertible, climate control, and even a sentinel that senses the oncoming traffic and turns off the high beams for you. Also added an aftermarket AM/FM stereo residing in the glovebox, with remote hidden in the dedicated smoker's option above the glovebox…a hidden lighter, and dual ashtray convenience from a time when smoking was still safe.
Seated in what appears to be an original engine bay, the 429ci V8 attached to a 3-speed turbo Hydramatic transmission, shifts smoothly, and even saves gas, as if you care!
A resprayed exterior, nice chrome and brite work exterior, and original leather interior car with loads of convenience options, and a convertible, wrapping an original unrestored engine bay, and underside/undercarriage.