1964 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
With all the talk about Hot Rods, Horsepower, Handling, and Speed, there is almost no room left for just plain old cruising. There is something to be said about hopping in a huge automobile, dropping the top, and going for a drive. Remember the Sunday drive? Whatever happened to that tradition? When gas was cheap, and big metal was plentiful, what better way to spend an afternoon?
Speaking of cruising here's a very appropriate quote from the consigner of this long gold rad Cad: “bought this beauty from Brownsville, Texas about 9 years ago and it's been an amazing ride. My first car memories were in a similar Caddie sitting on my grandfather's lap. This one has been on many a cruise with my own two boys...with seatbelts of course! Smooth ride, top down, great tunes and down the road we'd go! It's been in more than a few homecoming parades and has always been a head-turner. Power steering, power brakes, new radiator, retro-look yet modern stereo…as my boys have grown, we simply need the garage bay, so gotta part ways with my golden girl.”
A total respray in gallons of gold covers the massive steel panels of this car. Chrome and brite work seem clear and fairly shiny, with a few marks here and there. A virtually new white canvas top is seen and is so new it will need to be stretched a bit for it to totally close. A gold flying goddess hood ornament replaces the original.
According to the build plate, was originally done in red, so we can safely assume a newer interior was installed with the respray and changed to gold. A front and rear bench, gold carpet in fair condition, make up the passenger area. Matching door panels with power window toggles are noted. A very nice dash, matching an original configuration can be seen, which includes an AM/FM Cassette radio. This is fronted by a very nice steering wheel which is also original looking.
Cadillac didn't skimp on horsepower in the 1960s, either. The 429ci V8 with a Carter 4-barrel carburetor produces 340hp. While there were engines in the stable that may have generated more power, this one was designed to idle almost silently and to pull the heavy car along with the thrust of an electric motor and just a whisper from the tailpipe. Couple this with a smooth 3-speed automatic and you are in the cruising business.
Seen underneath are various areas of concern as to rust through. Including but not limited to bottom of inside front fenders as they join the rocker panel, areas in the floorpans that appear to possibly have been re-lined above, however original exposed area is visible. Surface rust on the frame, and a major area in the rear of the car where it is possible the new gas tank is literally holding up the trunk interior. It is advised that you do a careful inspection to see for yourself what you are up against.
A cruiser, convertible that is nice up top but may have some underlying issues that should be addressed. What better way to go down the blue highway on a sunny day, and have the wind whipping at your hair, and a cool breeze on your face.