1974 Cadillac DeVille Sedan de Ville 500 CID 8.2 litre from Australia and New Zealand
20 feet of heaven
Air conditioning needs attention.
A couple of the interior lights on the doors don't work.
Vacuum-operated foot brake occasionally will not self-release when you shift from Park.
Rebuilt the carburettor, and the rubber vacuum lines were re-fabricated from steel.
I bought this car off an Upland, CA dealer who advertised it on eBay on 17/12/2007. It had obviously sat for some considerable time as the original owner (a Mrs. Warnecke) died in May 2007 and the car's registration tags expired in May 2002. The driver's registration card which I still have expired in May 1997. As a result, a few things needed to be rebuilt or replaced due to its extended lack of use, not through any real fault of the car. It had gone to 2 car "donation" outfits and 2 dealers before I got it.
The car when I first got it, it had its factory-installed tyres, shocks, brakes, spark plugs, wires and drive belts! Outside of regular maintenance, this car has needed no real attention. All electronics work perfectly (even the 8 track), the interior is as-new, and that 500 CID monster has a smooth, muted roar that I can't help but love. Near-as-dammit to $200 to fill, but once you get comfy in that gorgeous leather seat, you just don't care...
A slight run-in with the California DMV meant I ended up with the Certificate of Title sent back to me here in New Zealand with my NZ address on it!! It now lives in a picture frame with the original blue-and-yellow CA plate beside it :-)
The car can be seen here - http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3020129
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th July, 2008