Lot 1916


1975 Cadillac Coupe de Ville - 28,235 recorded miles
Reg. no. JBX 466N
Chassis no. Unknown
Engine no. Unknown
First applied to a Cadillac in 1959, by 1975 the Coupe de Ville nameplate was in its fourth generation. Vast cars, their extravagant exterior dimensions were matched by an interior that set a new American record for space, filled with velour or leather upholstered seats – no, sofas! As usual with Cadillacs, everything was power assisted, and air conditioning was standard. All this metal and luxury contributed to a weight of 2.4 tonnes. This called for a powerful engine – of the V8 variety, naturally, 7.7 or, from 1975, 8.2 litre engines were fitted, the latter providing 210 bhp. These were never intended to be sports cars, however; vigorous cornering would result in howls of protest from the tyres, as often heard in contemporary film and television appearances. Instead relaxed cruising was very much the order of the day, in which role the Cadillac performed to perfection. Fuel consumption was… well, it had a very large fuel tank, and a vast boot easily able to accommodate some petrol cans. In the mid 1970s though the oil crisis came to bite and such large cars were viewed as overly extravagant; as a result all the US manufacturers downsized their cars, Cadillac in 1977, and with this process, many felt that a uniquely American slice of car culture was lost.
This 1975 8.2 litre Coupe de Ville seems to have been on these shores all its life; the DVLA records it as having been first registered in June 1975. Ziebart rust protected from new, it is in very good condition and certainly a head-turner out on the road. The last MOT expired in 2015 and it has been in storage since then, so some minor re-commissioning may be advisable even though the engine seems to run very sweetly. The current logbook cannot be located and sadly no history has been found also, although based on the other cars in this collection, where most have an extensive file, it is hoped that this may change before the sale.

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