1975 Cadillac Seville: Not-Quite Classics

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Cadillac Seville

1975 Cadillac Seville: Classics

Cadillac Seville

With the news this that the last Cadillac STS off the line at the Hamtramck plant the DTS in the list of discarded model I thought it might be interesting to get the wayback machine to look at it started: the 1975 Seville.

The name had been used by Cadillac, as a model name for the in the ’50s and ’60s: the convertibles called Eldorado Biarritz and the Eldorado Seville.  While was used as a special package on the into the ’80s, Seville the chosen name for the new baby

After decades of having no competition, Cadillac was feeling heat in the early ’70s.  Not its traditional rivals Lincoln or Lincoln sold well but quite in the same league and Imperial brand had been demoted to more Buick-contender Cadillac was feeling it from like Mercedes and Jaguar, which were showing up in of the parking lots of fine and country clubs than the at General Motors liked.

Something had to be done.

The answer up in the corporate X-body that the Chevy Nova.  The size was the same as the W116 Mercedes at the time, but in a decision Cadillac later sadly forget the Cimarron, there was no way they going to slap a wreath and on a Nova and call it a Cadillac.  So work was done on the platform to it worthy of the name that it was the new designation K-body.

Cadillac Seville

The sheetmetal was also quite transformed from the plebeian The basic shape as handsome but on the Seville a more formal was added, necessitating a padded roof in the first years to the seams.  It also featured the rectangular headlamps, chiseled and a surprisingly delicate rear for a that was known for its flamboyant The interior was swaddled in leather and goodie that Cadillac throw in as befitting the then-astronomical of over $12,000; the only expensive Cadillac in the lineup year was the limousine.

The car was an instant hit for Cadillac. It was luxurious, recognizable as a Cadillac, but two and a half shorter than a deVille and got mileage.  In an era when there was a dealership in almost every it was a viable alternative to a Mercedes you might have to drive a distance for warranty service.

  It not have handles the Autobahn a 450SEL but it handled Park quite nicely and had amenities the couldn’t touch, such as climate control.

Seeing one on the streets today I am by how handsome a car it is.  It’s compared to Benz or Jag of the era with its top and chrome, especially in later when the d’Elegance option was or in some of the desert-community friendly, almond color combinations.  But easy to forget how popular and it was: cars until the featured some of its styling and it was light-years ahead of the competing from Lincoln or Chrysler.

Rumor has it that Cadillac is again working on a small car to the imports, in the form of the 2013 While I don’t suggest copy the 1975 Seville, could take a few notes on the of not compromising too much.

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