1970 Cadillac DeVille Convertible 472 ci of snarling fury... from North America
Best "looks per mile", fun, and mosquito killing quotient..
Nothing other than routine maintenance. Needed to rebuild the GM Rochester carb due to varnishing and to eliminate old, gummy fuel. Needed a front wheel alignment at about 75K miles.
Bought this car from the original owner where it had been in storage for over 22 years. Started right up and ran for 1000 miles to be delivered to my home.
Since owning the car it has run flawlessly. With the factory-installed sway bars the thing tracks very well in the corners at speed. The suspension is 'buttery smooth', gliding over virtually all bumps without much interruption to passenger comfort. The tranny is smooth as silk with the passengers barely noticing any shifting. Braking is tight, crisp and accurate - front disks help a lot.
So far, all accessories continue to work, the dash has no cracking, the seats look almost new. Had to replace the top - the stitching had rotted from age.
The goofy car is a real head turner and local favorite at the car shows. All seem to 'remember the days' when either their parents or friends of their parents had one of these things. Seems a nostalgic trip for most people.
Now, compared to today's cars, the thing is a boat, floating long the road. The passengers are completely isolated from the driving experience and the road. It's heavier than the Titanic, is about as nimble as a whale. It's fairly loud and definitely would qualify as an EPA superfund site with respect to the exhaust fumes it pumps out. Lap belts only and no air bags. And, of course, its not easy on the wallet if you're driving it a lot. But, despite this, today's cars don't allow for 8 of your closest friend, PLUS their luggage, PLUS the open air experience, PLUS the 'looks per mile' that this car brings. All of this outweighs any negative.
Is it a real classic? Probably not. But, who cares? Where else can you look out at the horizon reflected on a 6'+ hood, watching the miles tick by without ever feeling the road and its bumps? Great time, all around.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th November, 2009
13th Dec 2009, 21:54
"8 of your closest friend, PLUS their luggage", eh?
That's difficult to believe.
28th Feb 2010, 08:12
I could see up to eight people - four abreast in the front and back. It's wide enough. As for luggage, if you pack like Paris Hilton, probably not enough room for eight folks baggage. If you have one medium sized 'wheelie', you can easily put eight of these in the trunk.