My friend and fellow Cadillac fanatic Jayson Coombes urgently texted me a link to this triple orange (technically Andes Copper) 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman the other day, the Broughamiest Brougham that ever Broughamed. Though no Brougham nomenclature was found on this Fleetwood special edition, available only in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
This one is currently being auctioned off on Hemmings, and has met its reserve of $20,000 already. A really remarkably nice example, judging from the photos.
I’ve always liked these, thanks to the Pocket Cars toy version I had in blue as a kid. I also had a mini-me Continental Mark IV and Mustang II Ghia. Explains a lot, doesn’t it?
At first I thought this was Terra Cotta Firemist, but the auction itself said it was Andes Copper, and reviewing my ’74 Cadillac colors, it appears they are correct. Though I do have a 1/24th scale 1974 Eldorado coupe in Terra Cotta. It’s similar, but unsurprisingly more orange.
And of course I love all the giant, unnecessarily large yet so compelling Cadillacs made from the Fifties through the late Seventies. And had I been around back then, this one would be a magnet drawing me into whatever Cadillac showroom held this particular example.
The ’74 is extra special as it has the distinction of being the largest, plushest four-seat Cadillac of 1974, as both the front and back seats hold large center consoles-also tailored in plush velour to match.
According to the seller, quoted on Hemmings: “I have owned the car since December 2010. I acquired it out of the estate of the original owner who took deliver at Delaware Cadillac in the fall of 1973 and kept the car until his passing in 2010. I then had the car restored in early 2011 and continually improved it every year.”
There’s still approximately eight days left on the auction, so if this trips your trigger, check it out. At any rate it will be interesting to see what the final selling price will be!