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Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, Cadillac, Cadillac Fleetwood, Exterior, Coupe
Oct 19, 2006 (4:55 am)
if cars like that SeVille "Roadster" and the '81 Fleetwood "Roadster" were authorized by Cadillac, even though they were outside, aftermarket conversions? It's quite possible that Cadillac either manufactured the unique trim pieces or authorized an outside supplier to fabricate them using their logo.
I dunno, just taking some wild guesses here.
#8 of 26 Re: 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood coupe [travcad78]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 19, 2006 (6:27 am)
No it's a fake. The moonroof and padded vinyl roof was a real option but the rest is just owner or dealer fantasy at work. Don't know about the landau bars--the option list doesn't show them, but they are easy to stick on.
#9 of 26 I'm getting a visual...
Oct 24, 2006 (2:16 pm)
And it's not a good one.
All of that stuff is aftermarket and unless you happen to like that look, this will only detract from the desirability of that car.
There used to be a shop in Compton California that did things to Cadillacs and Lincolns that cost thousands of dollars.
And 1981 was the year of the infamous 4-6-8 engine!
Nov 08, 2006 (10:41 am)
To everyone I appreciate all the help and I have decided not to move on that car as I have also thought it was to goughti and would not be a good idea for resale so I have therefore decided against it. Personally I am more for the stock cadillacs without all the stupid unnecisarry crap on it. But again thanks for all the info it is truely appreciated.
#11 of 26 Re: Thanks [travcad78]
Nov 08, 2006 (10:44 am)
Too bad you couldn't get a picture of this thing. The image I'm getting in my mind isn't exactly a tasteful one, but I'm still kinda curious!
#12 of 26 Re: Thanks [andre1969]
Nov 08, 2006 (1:26 pm)
An unmolested Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham coupe is a drop-dead gorgeous car. I remember a used car dealer back in the mid-late '80s who sold a lot of these cars. Too bad they had such crappy engines in those years. I remember looking at a 1978 Sedan DeVille and a 1980 Sedan DeVille at his lot back in the day. One beautiful car that got away was a gorgeous white 1979 Sedan DeVille with only 37K miles on it.
#13 of 26 Re: Thanks [lemko]
Nov 08, 2006 (3:43 pm)
I agree, Lemko...I love the style of the 1980-85 Fleetwood coupe and Coupe DeVille. Unfortunately, the only "good" year to get is the 1980, with the Caddy 368. Although I guess if you got an '81 with the V-8-6-4 and it was acting up, you could just disable the variable displacement thing. Supposedly it was add-on enough that it wa fairly simple to work around. But the '82-85 models had that dreadful 4.1, and the Olds Diesel 350 was available all years, so I'd imagine that the "good" ones are few and far between!
It's easier to find a '77-79 Coupe Deville or Fleetwood coupe, because they were made in larger numbers, and overwhelmingly they had the Caddy 425. I think the 1980 restyle really spruced these cars up though. Too bad you can't get the smoother '80-85 look with the 425.
Nov 25, 2006 (8:16 pm)
i have never had a caddy before and i need some info on them some one say something about them. thank you
#15 of 26 Re: want one [buickboy92]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 26, 2006 (8:23 am)
My Two Minute History of Cadillac, with the usual prejudices
1930s--Cadillac Golden Age
1940s -- quality but old-fashioned
1950s-- Cadillac renaissance to 1957
Early 1960s--cleaner lines, good quality cars
late 60s--still okay, starting to lose their market and vision.
1970s--years of struggle and corporate confusion and quality issues
1980s--best left forgotten, new signs of life near the end
1990s--crawling back up but quality control a nagging issue
2000s --on a comeback roll to credibility and respect
Cadillac in one sentence: the luxury car empire GM built, literally destroyed, and is now trying to rebuild again.
Nov 29, 2006 (3:14 pm)
i love the caddys!!!