In French coach building parlance, a coupé de ville, from the French word couper (to cut) i.e. shorten, was a short four-wheeled closed carriage with an inside seat for two and an outside seat for the driver and this smaller vehicle was intended for use in the town or city (de ville). An (unshortened) limousine or (in the United States) town car has a division between the passenger and driver compartments and if the driver’s seat is outside it may be called a sedanca de ville or town car.
This example has the 1969 De Ville restyling in the Eldorado image. The Eldorado-like front fender treatment was evolved and helped to emphasize a stronger horizontal design line. Rear quarters were extended to give the car a longer look. An all new grille with dual horizontal headlamps were also positioned in the outboard step down areas of the grille, the hood was again extended and the roofline was squarer and the rear deck and bumper more sculptured. One of the most important modifications of this year was the updated ventilation system which eliminated the need for vent windows, which provided a longer sleeker look and improved visibility.
What we have on offer here today is one of the first Cadillac Fleetwood Coupe de Villes that was restyled in the Eldorado image, and it is a fine example indeed. Finished in Palmetto Green with contrasting green interior it is surely a head turner and with only 56,292 recorded miles, at no reserve, it will truly be interesting to see where it lands.