Cadillac boasted its world standard of excellence in motoring on all its eleven distinct offerings for the year of the first moon landing. However, 54 years later, one rare Sedan DeVilles sits in a salvage yard in Fort Worth, Texas.
A lot can be said about a ’69 Caddy; somehow, I doubt anyone will think of it as “green,” primarily because of that 472 cubic-inch megalodon. But this forgotten veteran is an exceptional Cadillac, and it’s green to the core. By core, I imply “interior upholstery,” which is so vividly green that it makes the white headliner shine in the same hue.
The switches, hydraulic cylinders, and solenoids are still inside (not in the neatest shapes or in strict working order). Still, the car had it rough, and it shows it. At one point in its street-crawling afterlife, the DeVille received a new coat – a striking shade that would make a leprechaun green(er) with envy.
It wasn’t the greatest of paint jobs, as the color appears to have washed away on the doors, hood, trunk lid, and roof. Cadillac offered many options for 1969 – including 21 colors, with 19 being new for the model year. It was claimed as the most personalizable luxury car in its field; one of this car’s previous owners wanted even stronger segregation from the Cadillac crowd.
The late sixties were the age of aircraft-carrier-sized hoods, and the Sedan DeVille didn’t shy away from this trend – but it was all for a grand purpose. The 472-CID (7.7-liter V8) was, at the time, the largest in any production passenger car and necessitated a lot of metal real estate for accommodation.
The mighty V8 was fueled through a Rochester four-barrel downdraft carb (this one is long gone, judging by the rust and debris on the intake manifold inlets) to fire 375 gross hp and 525 lb-ft of torque (380 PS / 712 Nm).
It probably wasn’t the car’s most compelling feature – creature comfort was the main goal here, and Cadillac was in no shortage of spoils (if the buyer was in no shortage of cash). Automatic climate control was a $516 option, while automatic level control was a mere $80. The low-riding former owner wasn’t fond of this, seeing how low the opulence-symbol Sedan DeVille ended (PUN intended).
This desecrated piece of Cadillac greatness is now $2,299, which is – in absolute numerical value – less than half its original 1969 sticker price of $5,954. That’s $49,215.89 (or thereabouts) in 2023 coinage. Whether this fallen king will get a new chance for life or end up as a parts donor is a question of pure luck, as comments mostly view the asking price as too high to be worth it.
But one never knows; countless cases of classic automobiles got another life of motoring action after spending ages in abandonment. And this Cadillac isn’t in that bad shape to not draw someone’s attention to itself.