It was a long, winding road that led me to this car. It started last year when I thought of selling my 2005 Silverado and buying a new Nissan cube. I rented a cube for a week last June and it was all over, I was getting one. After a few months I started making plans and buying upgrade and accessory parts for the cube. This past June I decided it was time and took the truck in to see what I could get on trade. It wasn't enough to say the least, so I took it to CarMax who offered me a decent amount. I then took it to another buyer that offered more still so I sold it to them and took my equity to the Nissan dealer. Long story short, my disability income isn't enough to buy a $17K car with $5K down.
Now I was stuck and needed a car to replace my Silverado. The search led me to a '95 9C1 Caprice with only 130,000 miles located in North Carolina. I made the trip up there with cash in hand and the car was in much worse condition than implied by the photos and description. There went $850 in travel expenses on a car I didn't buy. When I got home I started looking at local cars only, but nothing I looked at seemed worth the money, so I expanded my search to include the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. It was in Dallas that I found a nice Janesville-built '99 Suburban K1500 LT. I also found a '96 DeVille and another Janesville-built '99 Suburban, a C1500 LS. I called to make sure all were still available and set off friday to look at them. I received a call from the dealer with the 4x4 Suburban about 3/4 of the way there informing me that the truck had sold on eBay, but I was welcome to look at it in case the buyer flaked out, so I continued to Dallas in hopes that one of these cars would be worth the trip. I looked at the first Suburban and the eBay buyer got a hell of a deal on a great truck. I then looked at the Cadillac and worked out a price, $4K drive-out, but I still wanted to look at the other Suburban. Long story short, I drove the Cadillac home.
She's a 1996 DeVille with 149,000 miles (as of now, after the trip home) in Idon'tknowtheCadillacname Blue over Dark Montana Blue leather. She spent the first 8,000 miles of her life as a National rental car and was then sold to Doug & Mildred Livingston of Fort Worth by Frank Kent Cadillac. I know the Livingstons owned the car at least until 2005, but the history is unknown after that. She's not perfect, there are a few dings and scratches here and there, the outer front seat trim plastic needs replacement on both sides, the seats look to have never been conditioned but aren't torn or ripped, the dash has the typical warping, there are no remotes for the keyless entry, the gold keys got lost along the way and only the passenger's front speakers work properly. Other than that the paint shines nicely, the interior and trunk are clean and she drives pretty well, although there's a lot of float and bit of harsh crashing on larger bumps.
Now for the photos:
Tow Package Wiring