In reply to the April 21, 2006 comments:
"The '70 de Ville is not considered a classic."
It most certainly is. And good examples are selling for well over $10,000.
"For the power, the enormous weight negates any benefit."
Even with the weight, the huge amount of low-end torque (525 lbs/ft @ 3,000 rpm) allows the '70 to easily burn rubber. Motor Trend tested a '69 CDV (very similar to a '70) and got from 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds, a 16.5 sec @ 83.8 mph 1/4 mile and 40-60 mph passing time of only 4.9 seconds. Not to mention a 120-mph top speed speed and 2nd gear good for well over 80 mph.
"Braking is a jerk and lurch forward out of your seat."
Braking in my Cadillacs is very smooth. I've been driving Cads for over 10 years, and have yet "lurch forward out of my seat." Maybe it's because I don't slam on the brakes!
"Handling? Felt like I was towing a trailer."
Those '69 and '70 Cads have a well-designed suspension. Thanks to the front anti-sway bar, there is little lean and corners can be taken faster than many people would expect for such a big car. I can go around curves posted at 35 mph at 45-50 mph in my Cads.
"Parking was like docking an aircraft."
No problem with a good driver. All four fenders are visible from the driver's seat. I've actually seen people have more trouble parking their compact cars than I have with my Cadillacs.
Yes it's true I love American muscle and I'm always looking for a deal. After spending countless hours searching to replace the 83 Mustang Convertible I just parted with due to comfort issues, I could not believe the prices of destroyed old American muscle. Cars needing total restorations for $7500 and up.
I was lucky enough to let myself think outside the box and purchased a 1970 Cadillac Deville. It has 472 cubic inches, 375 factory horse power, well over 400 ft. lbs. of torque. The best style, muscle, and luxury, combination GM ever put on the show room floors.
I will turn heads at every car show with this baby and be in total comfort at the same time. The police will respect me as I go by with my 400 horse power engine and not want to write me a fist full of tickets.
It has always been my policy to make a profit on the cars that pass through my hands, but always buy another car with the rest. Well with all that being said I paid a mere $1500 and will never lose a cent. There are still bargains out there to be found. I feel like a kid at Christmas.
As for the gas thing; why let them take everything away from us. I could see saving it for the future, but it's all going to be electric power. We would already have solar power cars if they could figure out a way to charge us for sun light. I still enjoy my life, bravo for me!!
Yes it is true, rock and roll will live forever :) Peace!
To the August 08, 2009 comment...
Oh yeah? My 1971 Lincoln Mark III would blow the paint off your Cadillac!!!
Just playing man, I loved your comment I had a 73 Coup DeVille Miss it every day.
Rock on man, Rock on!!
The president of the company that I worked for had a 1969 or 1970 gold Cadillac Fleetwood. I remember the very high seats. In the movie "Undercover Brother" there is a gold convertible. Beautiful car.
I have the itch for one of these, be it sedan or convertible. What differences were there between 69 and 70? Those high backed seats are a must, the higher the better. And the brocade fabric on the seats, wow. I guess you could put that brocade fabric in a convertible.
The first time that I saw Mr. Jersteads caddy, at that time in my life, it was the coolest car that I had ever seen in my life. He was about 6'6" and would go to Smugglers Inn for lunch to make deals. He had a big fitted secretary and a big office.
It was amazing. This car may have possibly been the most impressive Caddy ever made in some people's minds. What would you consider contenders? Certainly the 1976 Eldorado Convertible would be a serious contender.
I know a girl with a brown 1976 Eldorado with a tan top that stops traffic.
My uncle had a '71 sedan Deville - a beautiful car. Personally I love the look of the '67 Eldorado. I remember our neighbours having one - white with black roof - I would love to get one.
I bought my 1970 Cadillac convertible when it was 9 years old.
The original owner was told to "dump it" because it had 100,000 on the clock! I drove it another 150,000 miles trouble free before having the engine and transmission rebuilt, balanced and blue printed.
My car gets 16 MPG on the highway. It truly is the best driving car I have ever owned.
I do like the ability to see all four corners; makes for easy parking.
Having owned several 1969 and 70 Cadillacs, the Fleetwoods were the most comfortable; coil seat springs. Sedans appear to ride better than convertibles, only because they are very well soundproofed.
They are the epitome of power and luxury. Find a good one and keep it forever! I consider the 1969-70s to be sleepers. The value will only continue to rise.
The braking system is very well designed, and I have no complaints with the handling. Step on the gas pedal and drive.