1970 Cadillac DeVille 7.7 from North America
Rides nice, well built and reliable
Rust, especially in the lower front fenders.
Seat lock mechanisms not functioning.
Vent runs air when in off (blower motor stays on).
Suspension in the front is loose in areas.
Driver's door won't stay locked.
I like the car, I've always loved the 70s Cadillacs because they were all new when I was a kid, and I remember how impressive they were, and how a guy's Cadillac trunk lid opened up by itself one day out in front of the house... "MAGIC" I thought.
This car was owned for many years by a rancher in central Montana, so most of its miles were driven on gravel country roads. It runs like a dream and still drives very nice, but it will need work, and the inside is very dirty (but improving). I will end up putting a lot of money into the restoration, but when it's done it will bring smiles every time I take it out.
The interior needs re-done, dash needs cleaned up, but it won't be too hard to get it right again.
It's hard to find fenders without all the damn rust though (bad design).
The car is absolutely loaded with all options in 1970 (another reason to fix it back up). Comes with cruise control (not working), which I didn't think was a big deal until I realized that 80% of all the '69 and '70 models I've seen in junk yards or for sale on the Internet do NOT have cruise control. Overall, a nice riding car still, and powerful. Many options.
This car will be a beauty again some day, but for right now, I keep it hidden. Takes a lot of money to get these back, so... till that day.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th March, 2015
20th Mar 2015, 12:52
The blower motor running when "off" is not a "fault" -- all GM products in the early '70s were designed that way, supposedly to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide inside the car.
Try reading your owner's manual, it's a beautiful thing.
22nd Mar 2015, 03:05
Good point about the blower motor running after the ignition is switched off. The thing is, I thought GM started that in 1972-1973. Might be an electrical malfunction.