The de Ville was originally a trim level and later a model of General Motors’ Cadillac marquee. The first car to bear the name was the 1949 Coupe de Ville, a prestige trim level of the Series 62 luxury coupe.
From 1977 which was Cadillac’s 75th anniversary, the De Ville was downsized. These new cars featured a higher roofline, resulting in a vehicle that was over nine inches shorter, four inches narrower and staggering ½ ton lighter than the previous year. It also benefited from having a larger trunk and more headroom and legroom. These were also the first De Ville’s ever to be marketed without fender skirts over the rear wheels.
Many examples for this model year came with a 368in V8-6-4 engine developed by the Eaton Corporation. They used design elements that had been tested for over 500,000 miles, which allowed various engine computers to decide how many cylinders were needed to power the car for optimal fuel economy. The theory was 8 cylinders from a complete standstill, 6 cylinders during usual driving and just four cylinders at cruising speed. The changes in cylinder operation were seamless and more drivers did not detect any difference in operation.
Previously registered in New York in 2006, this beautifully preserved Cadillac Coupe De Ville, finished in Victoria Plum Firemist with what appears to be its original beige interior in good overall condition. It is not only made exceptional by having 22,250 recorded miles, which is believed to be accurate, but also as it was a personalised order that came with a special edition wheel kit that is attached to the rear bumper and boot lid.