Heavy Metal: 1977 Cadillac Coupé de Ville

I love the deep copper colour on this Cadillac. I love the faux wire wheel trims on it, and the matching vinyl roof. Most of all, I love the very heavy-looking bumper and the ton of chrome on the front of this 1977 Coupe de Ville: it looks like it accounts for a quarter of the vehicle’s weight.
I shot this Caddy on the same lot as one of the first cars I photographed for this site, the Buick Roadmaster. The presence of both cars is pretty spot on.

Wide, wide nose. At least you knew where the corners are.
I didn’t get to smell the interior, but it must be… ambient in there. The personal luxury car here was imported from the States last year, and it’s only done 70 000 miles.
For me, this represents some of the most “right” looking classic American metal. It’s probably not perfect, but it’s perfectly classy as it is. And the brown helps.
[Images: Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]

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  1. JayP Avatar

    Try to take it for a drive. You’ll get a kick out of it for sure.

  2. Borkwagen Avatar

    This is the Donald Trump of cars: an embarrassing combination of old American cliches that most of us are trying to move away from, but still manages to get laughs and jeers from the peanut gallery worldwide.

    1. mve Avatar

      I’m a big fan of this car, actually. I’d drive a brown Caddy every day.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Yes and no. It’s what people still laugh about, but it’s also a weirdly attractive demonstration of power, excess and timely incompetence (6-7 liter engines that should shred tarmac to sand…and not save gas).

  3. mve Avatar

    We had one in white, with a maroon padded vinyl top when I was a kid. I’d drive this.

    1. papamarc Avatar

      We had the white ’78 and a ’83 emerald green one with green interior. CAE had a ’82 HT4100 also.

  4. Alff Avatar

    Old school Caddy drivers complained about the downsizing of this generation but I’ve always liked these much better than their predecessors. Despite the chrome and padding, the lines are very clean. Would drive.

    1. mve Avatar

      Not to mention they had more room, a bigger trunk, and were more efficient. They got smaller, but they got bigger.

      1. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

        But not better.
        /had a’ 73 Coupe DeVille
        I’ll take the 8 MPG (US) that 472 CID motor managed, regardless of terrain/use, any day, thanks.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    I had an eerily similar VISIT (VISIP?) yesterday:
    This 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe is about 6m long, has a 7.5 litre engine producing only 212hp. It also only weighs about 1400kg. But the proportions just throw you off, if this kind of car is nothing you’d usually see. There was a sign saying “75000NOK (8800$), low mileage”, lying on the floor of it, which is impossible to say if it was a good price – valuations seem all over the place.
    Imho, the Cadillac above has a more balanced design.

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