Surprise Brougham: 1996 Cadillac Deville Concours

cadillac_5
Suppose it’s Monday. Wait, it is Monday. Ugh. 
Anyway, when you get over the fact that the working week has started and brought a slush storm with it, and you go for groceries later in the day, an honestly weird car sighting is something that can really lift up your spirits. No, it wasn’t the Alfa or the Citroën that caught my eye, but this plush and smooth mid-’90s Cadillac.

cadillac
“IS A ROLLS-ROYCE”, proclaims the slightly tight-fitting number plate holder. Maybe he refers to his other car, not this gold-badged Deville Concours?
cadillac_3
The vinyl top makes the landwhale a gloriously strange sight, as ’90s Cadillacs aren’t really that common here to begin with, let alone a Floridamobile like this.
[Images: Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]

0 Comments

  1. They are plush. They are smooth. They look stupid with the Brougham roof, but a zillion old guys and gals from Massachusetts down to New Jersey *liked* them that way, and paid extra to get what they wanted.
    Not for nothing was the 80’s-90’s Brougham-y Mercury Cougar Bostonian edition (which sold HUGE all over the Northeast…) equipped with vinyl roof goodness.
    In the vinyl roof trade, there are full roofs, half roofs (at the B pillar, usually with some bright trim on the pillars and over the roof; the Bostonian is one such) and quarter-roofs out back of all the doors, looking like a little back-of-the-head toupee. Eleganté!

  2. I always thought that, viewed objectively -which is hard for me since I remember the glory days of Cadillac-.these were pretty decent cars. I don’t know about the quality and reliability since I have never known anyone who owned one… And I can’t imagine that there’s a Caddy dealer right down the street, but at a glance, this one seems to be doing OK.

  3. Antti, what is the dealer name on the back? I wanted to look them up. And that top? It’s called a “carriage top”. They look especially funny on a car with a glass moonroof.

  4. My grandfather had one of these in pearl white, but without the vinyl. That thing was a blast to drive. Unfortunately he eventually got too old to drive or maintain it and we had to sell it. Some good shocks and an engine rebuild and it would have been a pretty good car for someone. Interior was in mint condition.

  5. Antti, where were the amber rear indicators required in Europe on this one?
    Normally, it’s kinda obvious, but this one is cleverly hidden.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

The maximum upload file size: 64 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here