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When the first-generation Cadillac Seville debuted, the name was borrowed from the hardtop version of the 1956-60 Cadillac Eldorado, but the new car really didn’t have much in common with its forebears.

The car’s trim dimensions, upright stance, and lack of gratuitous adornment imparted a dignified appearance that appealed to the growing subset of the affluent for whom ostentation had become jejune in the post-Nixon world. Like today’s hybrid buyers, these were the very people who could afford huge gas-guzzlers. The Seville was a means to convey a social responsibility and refined taste in contrast to the “Superfly”-style Eldorado.

It’s not as if buyers were really giving up that much, apart from pointless bulk, to transition to the Seville. The 350- cubic-inch V-8 (supplied by Oldsmobile) provided performance comparable to an S-Class, and the Seville, although certainly expensive for a Cadillac, was bargain-priced compared with the big Benz.

The car is a pleasure to drive, with the V-8’s smooth power and the Turbo-Hydramatic’s barely perceptible shift points. The Seville floats along quite nicely, and there’s even a modicum of road feel. It doesn’t wallow like its larger badge-mates, and it mostly holds it own in corners, with enough lean to keep your attention. Understatement, in every sense, is the Seville’s calling card. At speed, it’s eerily quiet but the factory-provided eight-track tape, titled “Cadillac Presents the Music Master … Enoch Light and the Light Brigade,” breaks the silence, especially the last selection, “Sound Salute to Cadillac.”

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Side note: I've always liked the looks of this generation. Even through GM copied this look in cheaper cars (Cutlass Supreme, et al), the original still looks great. These are still affordable classics, but one wonders if they will stay that way, especially if Cadillac is successful in its turnaround.
 

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one of the most beautiful cars ever made and a personal favorite of mine. im hoping to find a clean 1979 elegante model with the wire wheels and 2 tone paint. my email starts with mrseville......thats the impact this car had on me when it came out. beautiful car........thanks for the post tone!!!
 

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I live in Iran and although one of our neighbors has a Toyota dealership, he drives one of these. It is so clen with just 40000 miles on it. Can u believe it? It is so quiet inside that is hard to believe, and the suspension is amazing too.
 

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Pimpmobile.
 

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I remember when these first came out...created a sensation! Such an elegant, timeless design! Vette61...that's my favorite, too!
 
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Gorgeous cars. Though I fell for and eventually purchased a 5th Gen Seville, the 1st Gen cars were always a special car to me.
 

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lot better than the bustleback garbage that came after it
 
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Cadillac really had something in the original Seville. It hit its intended market dead-on in design, engineering, performance, luxury, and refinement. It's a shame that its two succeeding generations squandered all of that. First with Broughamy baroque styling that looked to the past while M-B was creating the future. Then with the stretched Olds Calais known as the 1986-91 version.

But the original Seville was so perfectly right. You could get it with two-tone, extra chrome, designer packages, and a vinyl roof. Or you could get it clean, crisp, and unadorned. And either way, it looked sensational. The mere fact that popular, lesser cars imitated it for the next 15 years was a testament to the rightness of its design.

What a classic. If I ever win the lottery, I will have one in my car collection.
 

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I live in Iran and although one of our neighbors has a Toyota dealership, he drives one of these. It is so clen with just 40000 miles on it. Can u believe it? It is so quiet inside that is hard to believe, and the suspension is amazing too.
The first generation Seville was also built in Iran from 1978 to 1987 by "Iran General Motors"!
 

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I was fortunate enough to have owned one of these in my youth. I loved it. It was an immediate, nationwide hit and actually made in-roads against certain Mercedes models. All was lost, of course, with the 1980 model.
 
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