Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Jay's Crazy Car Ideas, Part ?

I seem to remember having done this a few times before (although it may have been the "stuff I don't get" series). Consider this another entry in the list of things I'd do if I hit the powerball.

I would *love* to find a late 1960s through early 1980s Cadillac Sedan de Ville, restore it, and use it as my "Sunday driving" car.

Seriously, wouldn't it be awesome to take off for the afternoon in this:

Or this:

Or even this:

There's just something about a car with a hood you could land a helicopter on, isn't there?

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I did actually own a 1983 Coupe de Ville. It was gray, with the peeling gray vinyl quarter landau roof, and it sat 6.


For dinner.

With everyone having their own ashtray and cigarette lighter.

For the coupe, I thought about restoring it, but with a large V8 engine (It had the ridiculously small 4.1L V8 under the hood; I wanted something that started with a "4" or larger, heh). Paint it black, with the black vinyl roof, red pinstriping, and get the nice wire basket rims. Toss in an understated dual exhaust with a low rumble, and have the sleeper-from-hell...

Yeah, me hitting the lottery is going to require a parking garage be built first...

That is all.


Bubblehead Les. said...

I wouldn't go past 1977. '78 was the year GM decided to "Downsize" their cars to help with the CAFE rules. And the Suckage Doubled.

But a little Trivia. My Dad owned a 1963 Caddy Coupe DeVille once upon a time. Did you know there was a Sensor on the Dash that you could set for Distance and it would AUTOMATICALLY Dim your High Beams so you didn't Blind the oncoming Drivers? And then it would turn them back on when they were past you?

Let's see, 2014 minus 1963 equals 51 years ago.

But try to find one of those sensors on Today's Cars. Sure would help, especially down Florida way.

Wilson said...

I had a 1969 Coupe de Ville. It was a great car but with its 472 cubic inch motor long drives in the country was not its forte. Even on the highway it couldn’t break 15 mpg. It demanded the high octane too!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, me hitting the lottery is going to require a parking garage be built first..

First you must buy a ticket, then build the garage, etc.

Does a 1974 Lincoln Town Car count?

zdogk9 said...

1972 Sedan De Ville, peeling vinyl roof, sucked for milage until I hit the highway then I got 18 mpg if I kept it under 75, I could hit the merge signal and watch Mercedes and BMWs lock up their brakes to let me in, loved that car. I still miss it.

Will said...

Dad had a '66 Caddy around '68. Very nice for cruising. Handled well, but mom's '60 Chrysler Crown Imperial was a more comfortable hyway cruiser.

Ed said...

"Imperial" and "cruiser"
brings something else to mind:


I do not know what mpg that thing gets.

Ken O said...

My late, Great Uncle scored a white on blue 1970 Eldorado convertible, with the 500 and only 50,000 miles on it. He made one road trip, from Wellsville, NY, to Brownsville, TX, before being stricken down and passing. The non-car people in the family sold it for a paltry 5K. The car was immaculate.