Here’s another spectacular survivor from the ’70s luxury car wars! I was minding my own business earlier this afternoon when my friend Jayson Coombes texted me the link to this ’75 SDV on ebay.
You all know I love these things. I particularly love this one because it’s the same color combination as the one featured in the 1975 Cadillac showroom brochure.
Back when I was 14 or so, a friend of my father’s brought over a huge box of brochures from the 70s and 80s. It had everything from Toronados and Volares to Saab 900s and K cars. And there was also a 75 Caddy brochure.
I loved all those colorful land yachts, but especially liked the Lido Green SDV with its huge flanks, fender skirts and opera windows. I remember drawing ’75 Sedan de Villes in class. I fell hard. It didn’t help that green is my favorite color.
Anyway, this one is the same color combo, but it has the Metamora plaid seats instead of the arguably wilder Maharajah fabric shown in the brochure. Say whatever you like of these mastodons, they definitely had plenty of color and fabric choices!
Per the auction: “This 1975 Cadillac DeVille Sedan is an original. The owner has had it for 1 year. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for car shows.”
“1 family owned, actual true 2062 miles, all original paint minus the taillight inserts. Recent gas tank cleaned out, carb rebuilt.”
“Plugs and all fluids flushed, car rides like it did in 1975, all panels have original paint, all original interior, original floor mats, original trunk material, original spare.”
“All 5 tires match, New wheel cylinders, New shoes,Original tags on original shocks, no rust.”
But, the buy it now price is…please sit down first…$38,000. Yep. As I texted Jayson: “Spectacular, but 38k? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!”
Now I love these, and this is apparently a true 2,062 mile car. But still. Come on man! You couldn’t really drive or enjoy it, with such low mileage. Every mile would depreciate it.
And these ARE getting hard to find in nice shape. There’s no point in restoring a rough one, and these really liked to rust. But still. My totally inaccurate guess is maybe, mmmaybe, 20-22k max, wild guess, to the right collector. If said collector didn’t care about value siphoning off if he drove and enjoyed the car, which is the whole point.
Though I suppose you could rent it out as a vacation home or guest house. “Comfortably sleeps 7!” Ha ha!