Ever had a post you meant to write up, and it keeps getting displaced by other subjects? Happens to me all the time. There was one in particular I wrote for the old site, where I really, truly meant to write it up the very same weekend that I photographed it. But then other car shows intervened, more and more photos were taken, and further bright, shiny rolling stock distracted your author. That car finally was written up, approximately a year and a half later. But, it DID get written! And so shall today’s subject, perhaps the Broughamiest Brougham that ever Broughamed. The 1974-76 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman. Today’s subject is a ’76 in Georgian Silver with matching top and Light Antique Blue velour interior. Maximum Cadillac. Maximum Brougham. Maximum Awesome!
I have had a serious jones for the 1971-76 Cadillac Fleetwood since I was a kid. A navy blue metallic, 1/64 scale toy Fleetwood Brougham by Pocket Cars had a lot (correction: everything) to do with it.
I loved that little model Fleetwood, and its compadre, a Pocket Cars Continental Mark IV in the same blue with an off-white top. Explains why I do so many Cadillac and Lincoln posts, doesn’t it?
So, as I have previously posited, 1976 was, in my opinion, Peak Brougham. And over at Cadillac, the sky was the limit in Broughamtastic Broughams. Coupe de Ville, Sedan de Ville, Eldorado, Eldorado Biarritz (a mid-year arrival), d’Elegance packages, the Fleetwood Brougham, the Fleetwood 75 limousine and sedan…and the Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance. And the creme de la creme, the total excess Cadillac, the Fleetwood Talisman.
1976 was the last year for the truly large, truly opulent full-size Cadillacs, though the Eldorado would continue in embiggened form through model year ’78. And ’76 was the last year for the Talisman.
The Fleetwood Talisman originally appeared in 1974. It combined the Fleetwood Brougham body with velour. Velour, everywhere. And the 1974 Talisman was the most opulent, Broughamtastic four-seat luxury automobile you could buy that year.
Yes, the 1974 Talisman was an excessively luxurious, velour-bomb of epic proportions. Of course, I love them. Many a driver accidentally fell asleep due to the cosseting plushness, leading to few Talismans surviving today…I kid. I kid. But with their yuuuge center consoles front and rear, long wheelbase, and options on top of options, the ’74 Talisman was a special car. Either you got it, or you didn’t. Those who didn’t, probably found a 47-hp MB 240D a status symbol. As for me, I’ll take the Caddy. Now where was I?
The four-seater Talisman lasted for 1974 only. In ’75, the front velour-clad buckets and console remained, but the rear seat console went away, leaving room for one additional lucky passenger. All the usual refinements, other than that back-seat console, remained as before. Talisman production was 1,898 in inaugural ’74 and 1,238 were built in 1975.
The 1976 Fleetwood Talisman was introduced with all the other 1976 Cadillacs on September 12, 1975. In its final year, 1,200 Talismans were built. And our subject car, photographed by my friend Jayson Coombes last autumn at the Gilmore Museum, is one of them. She appears to be a lovingly preserved example, and the silver over blue combination is just plain excellent. Special thanks to Jayson for taking these most excellent pictures of this most excellent Cadillac!