Today, we’re going to put that good taste to a test and ask you to chose between two pinnacles of Malaise-o-Lux. Both are ’70 Cadillac Sevilles, but only one’s a Gucci Special Editon. you’d think the brown-with-gold trim Guccimobile would have it, but the competitor’s no slouch either. It’s Elegante…seriously, a “Seville Elegante”. Oh, and there’s the minor detail of the swapped-in Isuzu NPR turbo-diesel motor.
Up first, the Gucci. Arguably the most fitting and appropriate of Gucci’s various automotive exploits, the ’79 Seville Gucci features a double-G hood ornament and assorted Gucci-logo upholstery, including the vinyl top. Under the hood thrums an EFI-equipped Olds 350 (the factory non-diesel option that year), making a malaise-o-tastic 180hp. It wasn’t until recently that anyone bought a Cadillac expecting to go fast, it’s style and luxury you’re after, and this one offers it up by the ton. Per the seller:
Only 200 made and less then a hand full survive today.
Apx 40,000 original miles. Engine runs like a charm.
Brown with Gucci Trim.
Detailed in 24k Gold Gucci logos and the iconic Gucci Monogram vinyl fabric. All 24K Gold Gucci emblems intact!
Limited edition Cadillac customized for Gucci and featured on the cover of the 1979 Gucci Catalogue.
All leather re-upholstered 4 years ago while maintaining the original vintage Gucci Mammogram vinyl fabric details.
New set of Vouge White Wall Tires.
New CD player / iPod stereo system installed with Amp in trunk.
Super rare 1979 Gucci Cadillac Seville. Only 200 made and less then a hand full survive today.Apx 40,000 original miles. Engine runs like a charm.Brown with Gucci Trim.Detailed in 24k Gold Gucci logos and the iconic Gucci Monogram vinyl fabric. All 24K Gold Gucci emblems intact!Limited edition Cadillac customized for Gucci and featured on the cover of the 1979 Gucci Catalogue.All leather re-upholstered 4 years ago while maintaining the original vintage Gucci Mammogram vinyl fabric details.New set of Vouge White Wall Tires.New CD player / iPod stereo system installed with Amp in trunk.
It’s got just a few hours left, and hasn’t cleared reserve at just under $5,000.
1979 Gucci Cadillac Seville – eBay Motors
Now it’s time to get weird. The other engine option available for late-70s Caddys was the Olds 350 diesel, an engine arguably responsible for the downfall of diesel passenger cars in America. Luckily, our seller recognized that the problems with the Olds oil burner weren’t universal to all diesels and swapped in a 3.9L turbodiesel from an Isuzu box truck, complete with heavy-duty semiautomatic transmission. We’ll let the seller take it from here:
This is truly a one of a kind luxury vehicle. It is a 1979 Cadillac Seville 4-Door Elegante. This car came stock with the 5.7 diesel V-8. In 1990 it was retrofitted with a 3.9 Liter 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine (4BD1-T) from a 1990 Isuzu NPR Box truck with only 5,000 miles on it! The transmission is also the heavy duty Isuzu industrial, semi-automatic. I am a certified diesel mechanic and I can say with 100% certainty that this is a long lasting set up that is both efficient, low maintenance, and way over engineered for this car. By design the engine has gear to gear timing versus the standard timing chains or belts, the injection pump is a durable Bosch style inline pump. This pump style also means that it will easily run on Bio-diesel or vegetable oil.
The car has new tires and is driven daily. The Isu-Cad is complete with extra parts and only needs minor cosmetic attention. This would be the left rear plastic bumper filler. The conversion alone cost over $5,000 in 1990. It has a new vinyl top and new carpeting throughout. The windows and seat function well. The air conditioning, heater, and speedometer have yet to be connected. I will provide a working isuzu speedometer. The car runs great. The registration current to 12/2012 with Veteran tags. I am moving and that is the only reason that I’m selling the car.
Bidding starts at $4,000 with a buy it now of $7,000, 4 days left.
1979 Cadillac Seville Elegante – eBay Motors
Hat tip to our foxiest commenter, ltdscott!