We are now rapidly approaching the end of summer. You know what that means: car shows are dwindling. And soon, will be gone altogether-until next April. And so it was that I attended the cruise night yesterday evening with a friend of mine. Sadly, no Broughams were in evidence. In fact, the show itself was kind of small.
Part of it was the heat-it was about 88 degrees out-but as we heard from fellow attendees, there had been a big show at Green Chevrolet that morning. Apparently most of the usual suspects went to that show instead, leaving North Park Mall in Davenport with relatively slim pickings, car-wise
But lo and behold, after I dropped Allen off, went home, and got online, I saw a simply FANTASTIC 1967 Cadillac Coupe de Ville that my friend Jayson Coombes spotted at a car show at Texas Speedway that same day.
Well, I am a sucker for vintage Cadillacs and Lincolns. So I decided that this car would get its ten minutes of fame here. It looks good in the pictures, but according to Jayson, it was even better in person. Essentially showroom new.
You may remember Jayson from my 1977 Seville and 1958 Fleetwood Sixty Special posts, as he provided the photos for those two writeups. I have even more Cadillacs from him from that show (the San Marcos, TX Cadillac-LaSalle club meet) and will be writing more of those up at some point. Top on that list is a 1953 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special in black with factory air conditioning. But I digress.
It’s Sunday, so this won’t be the typical in-depth Klockau post. For one, I think we’re going on a boat ride later this afternoon. For another, I have several other 1967 Cadillacs photographed, so there’s ample opportunity for a future full-fat, non-diet post at some future date!
But just look at this car! I’d have loved to check it out in person. In 1967 Cadillac could still be considered Standard of the World, at least when it came to huge luxury yachts with all the options.
Every model was beautiful, from Calais two-door to the new front wheel drive Fleetwood Eldorado coupe and the gigantic Fleetwood Seventy-Five limousine. But you couldn’t go wrong with a Coupe de Ville.
A Cadillac staple since 1949, the CDV was the sporty Cadillac, newly-arrived Eldorado notwithstanding.
The De Ville series in 1967 consisted of the Hardtop Sedan de Ville, the Sedan de Ville (with fixed B-pillar), convertible, and of course the Coupe.
The 1967 Cadillac was completely restyled, with somewhat more fulsome fenders and side sculpturing vis a vis the 1965-66 Cadillacs. All De Ville models were powered by a 340 horsepower 429 CID V8 and Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.
Base price for the Cadillac Coupe de Ville was $5,392. 52,905 were built in 1967 and all rode a 129.5 inch wheelbase. I found today’s subject car particularly fetching in Pinecrest Green. Well, green IS my favorite color.
Initially I thought it was Silverpine Green, but a friend pointed out that that was a 1968-only color. Well, I was only a year off, ha ha. Anyway, thanks to Jayson for messaging me these pics. It made for a fun and easy post to do this afternoon!
THANK YOU ! .
I remember these new and yes, they were “The Standard Of The World” in every way .
Especially the rag tops, the lines were *perfect* .
Very clean and original example-just the way that I like them. A ’67 Brougham in triple black is in first position on my bucket list.
This was an interesting time in terms of American luxury interiors. Luxury features like air conditioning, cruise control, and electric assists for windows, locks, and seats were being quickly added, but the stylists were a little bit up in the air. Wood and leather in the British way would have seemed old fashioned and lots of chrome was fading as well. Slightly analogous to the 90s where all decoration was considered superfluous. It would be a few more years before the stylists really got their brougham on.
Had a blue four door just like the pic above for many years until rust destroyed it.
Great car, outstanding engine and transmission (switch pitch THM 400 I believe).
One night driving across rural NY heading back to Mass, averaging a little over 80 mph, my son,
who was sleeping in the back seat woke up and asked why we were going so slow.
I miss the car but it did have a tendency to eat exhaust manifolds.
Peak Cadillac…but this was the first year for the interior decline. I’ve always felt that Cadillac, more so than Lincoln used the pending interior safety regulations as an excuse to cheapen the inside. Of, course, more padded vinyl and less bright metal, but chrome painted plastic all over? As impressive as the ’67-’68s are, they marked the beginning of the long decline of prestige for the most storied brand in our automotive history.
I totally agree. The 65-66 interior is so much more elegant and higher in quality, although the exterior on the 67 is the equal or better. The 67 steering wheel looks like a cheap plastic blob, although I’m sure it is safer than the 66 with its stainless steel trim and real metal Cadillac emblem on the hub.
What’s with the pic of the dealer nameplate on the 1971 Cutlass?
Even a drivable example of one of those would fetch in the high four-figures nowadays!
It was an outtake from the abbreviated car show mentioned in the post.
got anything on 57 + 58 Cadillac Eldorado Broughams? They didn’t make a lot. Less than 1000 I believe.
I never knew that the model ever existed.
A little late to the party. But that is so cool! That is our 1967 Cadillac! Really appreciate the kind words about the car it is our pride and joy!