Car Lust: 1976-1979 Cadillac Seville

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Cadillac Seville

1976-1979 Cadillac Seville

The new American car introduced in 1975 to have a bug that just go away. No, it wasn#39;t a reskinned Nova. nor did it share its body with any other car. vehicle was unique, a true by Cadillac, and conveyed yet another of the World.

It also set GM#39;s theme for at least a decade to and showed that ingenuity at Motors in the early 1970s was far ….

I#39;ve always sensibly-sized, four-door sporty Even the Ford Granada ESS my eye for a while back in the day, the reality set in that it was little than a trim package. sedans give better-than-average and performance, and you can pack one up and go cross-country in with friends if you wish.

This Seville seemed to everything I liked in a car at the time. in

Originally, the Seville was to begin as a modified Nova, and that#39;s those rumors began. But in development, the Cadillac design decided that the Seville#39;s passenger floor area about three more of legroom than a four-door body offered.

So new rear were crafted, the floorpan was and extensive structural modifications made. GM declared the Seville#39;s shell as the K-Body. though it did parts from the Nova#39;s and the Camaro/Firebird#39;s F-Body .

The first-year had an eggcrate grille, similar to the in all of the other Cadillacs that From the next year on, a upright grille with bars was fitted. That was before the customizers found car and, shall we kindly exagerrated it .

The buyers got every bell, light, convenience, and gadget Cadillac could muster.

And should have, since was one of the most expensive cars in at the time.

Shockingly priced in 1975) above the cost of a Cadillac (Around $5,000 for a ), the trim Seville gave you money#39;s worth. Until the was introduced, smaller meant but this car turned that around. Maybe this was the greatest contribution to the marketplace.

The Look was the term that GM for the Seville#39;s breakthrough design. It its meaning from the sheer of a cliff, as seen in the car#39;s drops over the fenders, and roof. And from ladies#39;

Also, if one steps back and at this car, you might its resemblance to other GM downsized including the 1977 Chevrolet some Chevy Malibu and the 1980s X-Cars. But this had sheer first.

The Seville#39;s was its own story. According to How Stuff A padded vinyl roof was however — and had to be.

This was Fisher Body took the portion of the X-car roof and simply welded on the Seville#39;s sail panels and vertical There was no easy way to hide the except to cover them, so what Fisher did.

assembly process sounds a cobbled-up to me, especially for such an car — but that#39;s how they did it. Fisher Body could not to press the roof in one piece. But in the second model year the panel was finally a stamping in its own and Cadillac could eliminate the coverings.

The unpadded, painted roof more European and less (less is more certainly here), and looked both and elegant.

Ford and Chrysler caught off-guard by the introduction of the and their unabashed copies appeared. Lincoln rushed out the and Chrysler introduced the 1979 New / Dodge St. Regis.

However, the was so properly engineered and built it never saw much sales from those hastily-conceived

Cadillac Seville

Upscale Seville trim would eventually include the d#39;Elegance, Elegante, and Gucci. and wheel cover options increased as time went on, but were no significant body or styling changes during first generation. I#39;m they left well-enough

There were a few valid of course. Even though the drove easily and quick, its was still below par of the European Many of them had rack-and-pinion the Seville did not.

Only one was offered, a 3-speed automatic. drum brakes were the first year. And its gauge was typical GM of the time. a speedometer, gauge, and … lights. no or other gauges, not even a clock.

To tell the time, you at the radio.

Just one gasoline was offered, the Oldsmobile Rocket It was modified for the Seville, and featured electronic fuel injection. a diesel option came and yes, this was the famed GM V-8 diesel that won few friends.

There are diesel fans, and are not. Diesel engines have their places, but I that the less smoke comes out of the tailpipe of a Cadillac, the

The Seville was totally redesigned for went to front wheel and was very mechanically-similar to the two-door Cadillac was soon to introduce its small four-door car. and the less said about one here, the better. But this Seville made its mark on the and was Cadillac#39;s last truly original car for a long time.

–That Car Guy (Chuck)

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