Saturday, December 7, 2013

10k: Battleship: 1964 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

The Bill Mitchell designed 2nd generation Cadillac DeVille was sold in coupe, sedan or convertible version from 1961 through 1964.  The big beast was packed with all sorts of advanced features like power electric seats and auto dimming headlights at a time when Cadillac ruled the large luxury segment.  Find this 1964 Cadillac Sedan DeVille (4-window hardtop) for sale in St George, UT for $10,000 via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

That seems like a lot of car for the money and everyone agrees that big pillar-less sedans are awesome.  The chrome and bright work looks in great shape and that goes a long way in a big beast like this. The engine in this one needs detailing and the interior is ugly, but outward appearances are everything in a big cruiser and this one's got it in spades!

This DeVille is powered by Cadillac's 429 cubic inch (7 liter) V8 that puts out 340 SAE gross horsepower and about a bazillion foot lbs of torque.  This author used to own/drive a '67 Coupe DeVille and can tell you from personal experience that the big Caddy really scoots well from 20-60mph, but feels fairly sedate at other speeds. Unfortunately aftermarket support for this engine is non-existent and while you can find stock rebuild parts, don't expect to find off-the-shelf cams, intake or heads if  you desire a few more ponies.

Interior has some stains on the passenger's door and a missing passenger's side kickpanel. We can't tell for sure, but it looks like it may have the autronic eye for auto dimming the lights on the dash.

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  1. Unable to find a cooler floating dry dock, nope. The coupes are snazzy but the sedan makes quite the entrance, I bet.

  2. I wonder if it is radioactive? St George is famously the site of massive radiarion releases as a result of above ground nuclear testing in the fifties in Nevada. Many of the cast members of the Conquistador filmed there, then, Ward Bond, Susan Hayward and John Wayne all died of cancer that many thought a direct result of exposure to radiation while filming.

    I love this car but the water damage stains, the paint job and the work done on the engine all dictate a good ppi. A beautiful model and more fun that a human sitting on brocade should be allowed to have! And it glows in the dark!.

  3. I would rather have this 4 door caddy:


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