1979 Cadillac Seville Designed by Gucci 5.7 litre Fuel Injection

Summary:

Very fast handbag on wheels

Faults:

Motor Overhaul, but caused by previous owner of 17 years driving it 2 km daily.

Engine Control Unit replaced.

A poor Right Hand Drive steering conversion necessitated reconverting the steering system. Not a reliability issue, however.

All these were done immediately after buying the car.

General Comments:

The Cadillac Seville Designed by Gucci is an incredible fashion statement, combining the best of automotive and fashion worlds.

A little (totally) over the top, with its Gucci 'GG' patterned headlining and vinyl roof, 24ct gold plated Gucci badge work and Gucci green/red/green pin striping, but a great woman's car.

We bought this from a 78 year old man (now deceased) who drove it to his bowling club and home again for 17 years, hence the poor condition of the motor. It looked like the oil & water hadn't been changed in 17 years.

Once the motor was overhauled & the computer replaced, this car has been no trouble at all.

Boasting the 350 cubic inch Oldsmobile motor, this car is very fast, handles like a rocket sled on rails and has all the Cadillac options one would expect for the most expensive Caddy of the era.

My wife insists that it will be the last car she ever buys - no others come close in comfort and style.

While not as large inside as a full-size Cadillac, it is still very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2002

3rd Mar 2004, 13:05

The Oldsmbile engine was a great change. My 1983 368 aluminum engine bit the dust, and I did the same thing.

29th Feb 2008, 19:18

The Oldsmobile engine saved Cadillac's reputation in the late 70's, & again in after the HT4100 almost put GM out of business.

Cadillac returned the favor with the Aurora, & that was a disaster. The only thing Cadillac engines have done was make you mad you didn't invest your life savings in bars stop leak!

If you don't believe me, lift the hood of your cadillac, notice the blue & white decal that says: due to the advanced design of this engine you must add GM coolant supplement or major engine damage could occur: it even gives you a part number. You ask for this at your dealer & you get bars stop leak in a different color package. It still goes on to this day; just a little information from the rocket man. Remember this Oldsmobile ain't dead: we launch in any weather!

22nd Dec 2014, 03:22

I also have a white 1979 Cadillac Seville by Gucci, 19,600 original miles!

22nd Dec 2014, 22:38

The 368 engine was iron, not aluminum. It was also the last Cadillac built engine that was any good.

23rd Dec 2014, 23:09

Never mind that -- how did 13:05 post that comment AFTER he or she "bit the dust"?

There must be web access everywhere now.

26th Dec 2014, 15:44

I tried to buy a one owner Model A years ago. The owner told me it's not for sale and he would own it even after he was dead! Technically that's actually true, as when my father died the car was still actively registered in his name. With almost 2 years left on the tag. I had to wait til the estate settled to get the car from his name to mine.