Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1972 Cadillac Coupe Deville
The Cadillac Deville was always a popular model and 1972 was no exception. A modest frontal revision placed more emphasis on horizontal grille blades. The parking lamps were moved from the bumper to between the square bezel headlamps, which were now set wider apart. V-shaped emblems made a return on hood and deck lid. New standard features included a bumper impact system, automatic parking brake release, passenger assist straps and flow through ventilation system. New DeVille signature script was affixed to the sides of the rear roof panels. Sales reached a record 194,811.
Our mantra here is "you never know what's going to come through the door next". This holds true on so many levels, from flawless antiques to modern day muscle. Today we squeezed in all 227.4" of Cadillac length to offer up for you. Not only is it a looker but it has had tons of maintenance done. All parts under the hood have either been rebuilt or replaced, including the A/C and all power accessories are functioning as designed. For consignment, a record setter in not only sales but size, all steel, all white, large, in charge, and coming your way via our hallowed halls here at the Classic Auto Mall.
Clean white paint covers the miles of square footage that is this car. The paint is nice, and all chrome trimmings are shiny and not pitted or rusted. The V shaped front grille with the hood atop of it emulating that V takes your eye forever until you reach the windshield. The rear trunk lid is much the same and can accept the contents of a small New York apartment with ease. A tight and clean black vinyl covered hardtop shows no rust underneath and all glass is clear and clean. Rear fender skirts and those large vertical taillights melting into the bumper on the back are iconic Cadillac design cues. Turbine outer style Cadillac wheel covers have thin blackwall rubber all around them and the tires are like new.
White and black are the interior color, and all surfaces show cleanly. The driver's door panel houses all the controls for the windows and drivers mirror, as well as a handy door mounted wiper/washer box within ergonomic reach. Turning our attention to the interior seating arrangements, we note dual large overstuffed leather covered and buttoned buckets with a fold down central armrest. The seats are powered to get it just right baby bear. The leather looks almost new when compared to the rear bench seat, quite obviously having been recovered. A large couch-like rear bench in matching white leather, which shows cracking and soiling, also sports a central arm rest, and this bench also has arms on either side which harbor the essential ashtrays and window toggles. Upfront the long wide dash is in padded black vinyl and has some wood appliqu running through the center of it. All gauges are clean and clear plastic coverings are looking good. An AM/FM/Cassette radio sits within the driver's reach. Beautiful like new carpet floods the large floor plan, and a white, slightly stained and wrinkled headliner above.
The big mill, which is a 472ci V8, is original to this car and sits in this well cared for engine bay. Our consignor states that all parts in the engine bay have either been rebuilt or replaced plus the engine was repainted along the way. A single 4-barrel carburetor liberally feeds this engine, and it puts power rearward to a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission, and a 10-bolt axle weighing in with a 2.93 ratio.
All is structurally sound with the frame, suspension and floors showing a mixture of surface rust and black paint/undercoating. Power disc brakes are up front and power drums for the rear. Plenty of aged patina surfaces under here but all is strong and solid.
There's nothing in the world that compares to being behind the wheel of an early 70's American luxury car, it's akin to driving your couch around town. With a twist of the key I was off in the living room like bliss that is Cadillac. The car handled our test track with ease. Good cornering, excellent braking and torque laden acceleration. It was a smooth ride with a ton of power accessories to enjoy and fondle. All of the functions worked swimmingly including the AC which has been R134a converted, and the only thing missing from my couch on wheels was my TV remote and my favorite comfy slippers.
Nicely preserved and well cared for sums up this record setting piece of Detroit luxury. With all the nuances tended to by our consignor this car is ready and your pals to load up and explore the forgotten paths of our nation. All the while the only gauge you'll need to monitor is the fuel, but who cares about fuel economy when you're in a Cadillac?
47-2 Door Hardtop Coupe
R-472ci V8 4bbl 220hp
E-Linden, NJ Assy Pl
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