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    Hot New Collectable Car? 1970s Cadillac Sedan deVille Of Course

    The Wall Street Journal
    January 7, 2017

    That ’70s Glow
    Among cost-conscious collectors, huge, high-end cars from the ’Me’ Decade are making inroads



    LOOKING FOR a budget-friendly way to take your first steps into antique-car ownership? Consider the huge, limousine-like sedans that your grandfather or great uncle might have driven 45 years ago. While “land yachts” from the 1970s are building a loyal following— in part because they offer a ton of car (or more like 2½ tons) for not much money—these luxury monsters have yet to hit their stride in the collector’s market.
    When they first rolled off assembly lines, Me-Decade Cadillacs and Lincolns were marvels of technology and design, but they soon fell victim to obsolescence.

    “As gasoline prices climbed in the early ’70s, these cars became dinosaurs,” said Craig Jackson, president of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company in Scottsdale, Ariz. “You really couldn’t give them away because they were getting around 8 miles to the gallon.”
    Despite their woeful fuel economy, interest in big 1970s sedans is growing, said Mr. Jackson, and the bar to entry is low. You can find near mint examples for $10,000 to $15,000—a fraction of the price commanded by a collectible ’60s car.

    Cadillac Sedan de Ville

    Like its rival, the Lincoln Continental, this Caddy was enormous, even by the day’s standards, weighing more than 5,000 pounds. (Plus, its body is longer than a modern-day Cadillac Escalade.) Mr. Jackson of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co., which plans to put a 1972 de Ville up for auction later this month, said buyers are often surprised by the roominess of old sedans, many of which have front and rear bench seats that can each accommodate three or four people. These beasts are ideal for “restomods”—a term denoting cars restored with boosts from modern technology and, in some cases, cosmetic upgrades. “They give you a big palette,” Mr. Jackson said. You can find models for around $11,000.

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    Maybe I should buy out the lease on my 2014 Chevy Volt. 50 years from now...



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    Cadillac sold 99K Sedan's De Ville in 1972 (pictured above) alone.
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    Always wanted a 74-76 Sedan deVille. Hopefully prices don't skyrocket when I plan to buy or tank by then. At least it will save many from the demo derbies.
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    Re: Hot New Collectable Car? 1970s Cadillac Sedan deVille Of Course

    I had one of these when I was a kid. Bought it for $900.00. Gave it to my folks a couple years later.

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    My cousin just bought a 1975 Eldorado Convertible, that thing is huge!

    It is in great shape (considering the age) and the floorpans are intact with minimal rust, should be a nice ride when he gets done going through it.

    Forgot how big they were and the 500 CID engine is massive, amazing that they were FWD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SierraGS View Post
    My cousin just bought a 1975 Eldorado Convertible, that thing is huge!

    It is in great shape (considering the age) and the floorpans are intact with minimal rust, should be a nice ride when he gets done going through it.

    Forgot how big they were and the 500 CID engine is massive, amazing that they were FWD.
    A few years back when I was shopping LaCross Supers and Poncho GP GP, I ran across a cherry 1967 Toronado. IIRC they wanted about 25 grand for it. I always thought the first Toros were the cat's meow. I should have bought that instead of the GP.
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    I love '70s full size luxury, which is one reason I bought my LeSabre. Cheap, huge, luxurious, big block power. If it weren't for wanting a convertible I would have bought a Mark V or '71-73 Riviera
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    Re: Hot New Collectable Car? 1970s Cadillac Sedan deVille Of Course

    The next to last sentence in this ad shows just how far Cadillac has fallen: "ISN'T IT TIME YOU PUT YOURSELF BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE CAR OF CARS"?

    Although I suppose many could/would refer to the Escalade as the SUV of SUVs.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CadiDrvr View Post
    The next to last sentence in this ad shows just how far Cadillac has fallen: "ISN'T IT TIME YOU PUT YOURSELF BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE CAR OF CARS"?

    Although I suppose many could/would refer to the Escalade as the SUV of SUVs.....
    Good point

    Of course Cadillac would have to make a car that is worthy of being "The Car of Cars".

    Maybe if they would just put the 6.2L that is in the Escalade into the CT6 they might be on the right track???

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    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    I love '70s full size luxury, which is one reason I bought my LeSabre. Cheap, huge, luxurious, big block power.
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    Any new pics of your '74 Buick, by chance?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SierraGS View Post
    Good point

    Of course Cadillac would have to make a car that is worthy of being "The Car of Cars".

    Maybe if they would just put the 6.2L that is in the Escalade into the CT6 they might be on the right track???
    Perhaps.

    Haven't driven a CT6...yet. Requested one when I took my Escalade for its last service, but the person to whom it was loaned hadn't returned it, so they gave me choice of XT5, CTS, or XTS. Took the XT5 as it was "fresh off the truck" and the others had a few thousand miles on them. Wasn't impressed with the 3.6 in the XT5...AT.ALL. Conversely, I was very impressed with the 2.0T in my last CTS loaner...Go figure!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    A few years back when I was shopping LaCross Supers and Poncho GP GP, I ran across a cherry 1967 Toronado. IIRC they wanted about 25 grand for it. I always thought the first Toros were the cat's meow.
    Taking a road trip tomm to scout out a '66 Toro.

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    Re: Hot New Collectable Car? 1970s Cadillac Sedan deVille Of Course

    It's only matter of time until 70's and 80's cars become collectible. 60's and older are getting very expensive.
    They really started showing up in numbers at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale last year. The announcers seemed surprised by how many.

    But there are plenty of people that don't want to spend $30K+ for a car they don't drive that much. Myself, for one.
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    INDEED!Any new pics of your '74 Buick, by chance?
    Alas not really. Hasn't seen much action in the past few years since I've been going to college full time. Stored in a nice pole barn though. Trust me, I look forward to getting it back on the road.
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