Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Hard to go wrong with almost 19 feet of Cadillac convertible, in a slick black tuxedo no less! If you want to get noticed, be the center of attention at parades, and pretty much look like you have the world at your beck and call, nothing delivers the message better than a vintage Cadillac ragtop like this 1970 DeVille.
Looking at the price, you can be forgiven for thinking this is some worn-out driver, but you'd be incorrect in your assumption. The sinister black paint isn't the original shade, but it certainly looks great and if you're looking to make a grand entrance in Vegas, this is your ride. The finish is deep and shiny enough to make your eyes water, and all-black isn't a bad choice on a vintage Cadillac convertible if you want to stand out from the norm, because they were, at heart, flamboyant cars mostly. Calming that reputation down a bit by covering those huge panels in black finish was a great decision in our opinion, as this droptop now looks serious and sophisticated. Finish quality is good, with a few signs of age and use and a little orange peel here and there, but nobody will notice any of that as you cruise by, a one-car parade. Cadillacs are known for fins and chrome, and this one has both, from the pontoon-shaped front bumpers that are in great shape to the pointed taillights out back that leave no question as to what kind of car this is. It has just the right look to suggest a casual lifestyle that embraces the good things without sweating the details.
Black and white houndstooth is a fantastic choice with the black paint work, and thanks to new seat covers, it looks extremely fresh. Matching black carpets with correct heel pad, freshened door panels that retain the original woodgrained inserts, and the black dash pad with wood applique accents all look quite good, giving this car a grown-up feel. Of course, almost everything was standard in your 1970 Cadillac convertible, from power windows and locks to A/C to a six-way front bench seat. The 1970 Cadillacs also had a very cool wrap-around instrument panel that pretty much gave the driver exclusive use of all the controls, and it's all easy to reach, and triple set of auxiliary gauges were added below the dash to provide the driver with a bit more information on the engine's vitals. The stock AM/FM radio is still in the dash and a white power convertible top makes it look right and includes a crystal clear rear window that eliminates the worry of hazy plastic curtains. Out back, the cavernous trunk is pretty clean thanks to black carpets and it houses a full-size spare and factory jack set.
Cadillac's 472 cubic inch V8 make locomotive-like torque, easily propelling the big DeVille with authority. They're also indestructible low-RPM engines that never feel like they're working very hard, and thanks to good maintenance throughout its life, this one runs quite well indeed. With a 4-barrel carburetor on top, it gets off the line easily, but where it's really at home is interstate cruising, where there's no better way to travel. The engine bay is well-kept if not detailed, and service access is surprisingly good compared to the Eldorado convertible that would follow. A TH400 3-speed automatic spins a heavy-duty rear end that looks like it belongs under a giant truck rather than a luxury car, and the suspension is in good order so that incomparable '70s Cadillac ride is part of the package. Stock wheels with proper Cadillac hubcaps give it the right look and carry 235/75/15 whitewall radials.
Big and flashy, this Cadillac delivers an A-list celebrity experience at a bargain price. With lots of new work, an attractive color combination, and that luxurious ride, this is a huge bang for the buck luxury driver. Call today!
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