I just read your post all the way and noticed that you sold your Cadillac fleetwood?
Do you know who purchased it?
The last time I saw my limo it was in Dover De purchased by a restaurant owner for $10,000. I am sure documentation on any cars history adds value.
We just purchased a 1970 Cad Fleetwood Limo at the Charlotte NC car show, 50,000 orig miles, black, perfect shape, we payed 6,500 for it. Do you think we got a good buy.
Sounds exactly like my limo I had. It would be curious to know what these sold for new. My documentation meaunt everything at the time. Many years later what I miss is the classic lines this model has.
Your Caddy having been used by the Attorney General, it may have been involved in one of the most important events in American history. Documentaries about Richard Nixon or the Watergate scandal often show a video clip of Attorney General Elliot Richardson riding in a similar Cadillac limousine around the time when he resigned, during the events surrounding the October 1973 Saturday Night Massacre.
If I recall correctly, the limo had a vinyl formal roof. Look for this scene and see whether the car was the same as yours - you may be pleasantly surprised. If the car appears to be the same, please post your finding in a reply here. I would love to track down the car and see whether I can buy it from the current owner.
I hadn't looked at my post for a very long time. My black Fleetwood limousine did not have a vinyl top. Or the ugly landau irons on the side roof line. It was plain painted black. I despise vinyl roofs on any car and likely would have passed. As far as its appearance... no vinyl top. Which means it was sold prior to the dates mentioned, or it was totally removed and repainted black. Or there was another limo.
At any rate, it was a very sharp vehicle in mint condition. It went into funeral service and most likely had its very easy life and was stored indoors. I had zero issues with it during the brief time I owned it. It was well maintained. It is not a driver's car with the seating position, as no doubt the chauffeur wasn't the consideration; it was all about the rear passengers.
A very interesting car that I had a lot of fun with! Another "free" car as I call it, as it was a positive sell. What a buy! The best of all.
I always felt that cars from the 60s and 70s looked very good with vinyl tops. Even some from the 80s and early 90s. But anything manufactured in the last 20 years just looks ridiculous with a conversion "convertible" canvas top. The main reason is that the roof lines of the older cars were a lot more formal and linear, and just lent themselves to those applications. Modern cars just look silly with their rounded coupe-like roof lines, and the aftermarket roofs tend to be pretty bulky in appearance, and just look like they were plastered on as an afterthought (which they were). The most ridiculous car I saw with an aftermarket convertible top was a late model Toyota Camry in a retirement community in Florida. Talk about ugly (they aren't very pretty cars to begin with). This is definitely a design element that needs to be let go so we can fondly remember it on the huge land yachts that it was so perfectly paired with. Kind of like the great two-tone paint schemes of the 50s. Unfortunately I don't think we will ever see American cars with that kind of distinction again.
The only vinyl roof I liked was a Triple Black Chevelle. I think the vinyl tops break up the body lines too much. In fact I own convertibles and even I only like them with the tops down. Which they stay down year round in my garage.
Never liked vinyl tops, white walls or all the other dubious accessories that passed for taste back then, naturally evolving into opera lamps, carriage roofs, crushed velour seats, or if you preferred, "rich Corinthian leather".
I don't know where all that bad taste came from, but at least European functionality has resulted in huge strides in taste and engineering.
I bought a 2012 Focus ST last year, and it was staggering how some German engineering can turn the old Focus turdmobile into a fast, well designed compact.
I guess the vinyl top thing was a reaction to potential government regulations of the era, which would have banned convertibles entirely, not to mention that air conditioning was becoming a common feature on cars.
Want to see a true factory pimpmobile? Check out the 1979 Lincoln Mark V diamond jubilee edition. Available in light blue or gold with a matching landau roof, oval opera windows with a small diamond in the middle. The Lincoln was equipped with every available comfort and convenience feature that Lincoln could dream up.
Interesting comment on the convertibles. I have had a # of Corvettes. Back then the convertible was less than T Tops. Went I went to the C5, I had to pay 5000.00 more. Times changed.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what you may consider bad taste, someone else may think is classy.
Personally I would prefer almost any car from the 60s and 70s, and even many from the 80s and 90s over today's modern cars. Sure, Detroit is turning out cars that are a lot more efficient and reliable than they were 20 or 30 years ago, but in the process they somehow abandoned the American car. Now they are striving to become ever more like the European and Japanese car manufacturers, and in many cases build cars designed in other countries.
It is nice that our cars save us money today compared to the older models, but why on earth do all cars have to look like turtles and ride like sports models with cramped dimensions?? If a European or Japanese car is what you want, buy a BMW or Honda. Sadly those of us that still want a Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, etc. that looks and rides like those cars are supposed to, no longer can get one (at least new).
My next car will most likely be used, even though I could afford a new car, simply because there is nothing new on the market that I feel is worth spending $300+ per month on. And I highly doubt I am the only one that feels this way.
There are some luxurious crossovers out that I like today. I have had the gamut; muscle cars, sports cars (there is a difference), luxury imports and domestics.
I like the look of an original older model with modern upgrades such as power disc brakes, suspension upgrades, and better steering, that are all reversible bolt on upgrades that can return to stock.
Styling on many new cars is downright deplorable, but many look better lately. I like the new Cadillacs with performance in mind. For a very long time we had limited choices. I can easily afford many new models as well. I hit the new auto shows in the larger cities like Philadelphia, and usually buy something shortly thereafter. The technology and new amenities are more amazing every year!