1971 Cadillac Coupe De Ville

Love or hate cars from the seventies, they certainly had a look that made them stand out. If you are going to get a car from this era then you might as well have one that gets you noticed. This 1971 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in the original color, a very striking Zodiac Blue paint will certainly do the job.

Cadillac were completely restyled for the 1971 model year. Not only that but the convertible and Sedan de Ville 4-door were now gone from the de Ville line-up. There was still a sedan available but it was a Hardtop Sedan (without the B-pillar).

1971 Cadillac Coupe de Ville - side view

Side view

The wheelbase was a relatively long 130" with an overall car length of 225.8" - that's just under 19 feet!

At the rear, the taillamps were quite similar to the previous year, albeit without the chrome dividing bar. Backup lamps were once again mounted horizontally in the bumper.

1971 Cadillac deVille Rear

Taillamps were similar to last year

The exterior is matched inside with a superb Dubar cloth interior in Medium Aqua - one of 5 colors available. Also available for 1971 were 3 colors of Debonaire cloth with leather and 12 different colored Sierra grain leathers were available at extra cost. This is a seventies lounge interior at its best!

1971 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Interior

Blue patterned cloth seats

Exclusive to the DeVille series were new, Florentine-textured metal, door and instrument panel inserts.

1971 Cadillac DeVille Florentine Metal Inserts

Florentine metal inserts

Power comes from a 472 cubic inch V8 (that's 7.7 liters!) producing 375 horsepower. It was one of the biggest that Cadillac produced. The engine was perfectly suited for running on leaded fuel or the "new" no lead gasoline. It is paired with a Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission. It was a great combination giving a very smooth ride and they are very durable.

Competition would have come from cars like the Chrysler Imperial and Lincoln Continental - although both were a little more expensive than the Cadillac.

Cadillac produced 66,081 Coupe de Ville cars for the 1971 model year at a base price of $6,264. This car is also equipped with the following options: Automatic Climate Control air conditioning ($537), 6-way power seat ($92), AM/FM radio ($188), power door locks ($71) and vinyl roof ($156) and it was built in the Detroit, MI assembly plant.

Important to note that while Cadillac experienced relatively low sales this year, a nationwide United Auto Workers dispute lasting 67 days is a major contributor to the reduced production.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

The Cadillac Story: The Postwar Years

The Cadillac Story: The Postwar Years by Thomas Bonsall

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