AJ’s Car of the Day: 1968 Cadillac DeVille Convertible

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1968 Cadillac DeVille Convertible

Car: Cadillac DeVille Convertible

Year: 1968

What makes it special: Cadillac’s DeVille was originally a trim level and later a separate model. The first car to bear the name was the 1949 Coupe de Ville, a pillarless two-door hardtop body style with a prestige trim level above that of the Series 62 luxury coupe. The last model to be formally known as a DeVille was the 2005 Cadillac DeVille, a full-size sedan, the largest car in the Cadillac model range at the time. 

What made it famous: In 1968 grilles had an insert with finer mesh and step down outer section which held the rectangular parking lights just a little higher than before. Rear end styling was modestly altered with the deck lid having more of a rake. The most obvious change was an 8.5-inch-longer hood designed to accommodate recessed windshield wiper-washers, which now came with three speeds standard. Of 20 exterior paint color combinations, 14 were totally new. On the inside enriched appointments included molded inner door panels with illuminated reflectors and a selection of 147 upholstery combinations, 76 in cloth, 67 in leather and four in vinyl. New standard features included a Light Group, a Mirror Group, a trip odometer and an ignition key warning buzzer. The DeVille also gained a new 472 cu in V8 engine rated at 375 hp. 1968 was also the last year for the “stacked” dual headlights, which were replaced with side-by-side dual headlights in 1969. This was also the last year for vent windows. Side marker lights in the rear bumper as well as front fender were also added. Side mirror changed from a round to rectangular shape. Also of note front disc brakes were available starting in 1968.

Why I would want one: It’s one of the most gorgeous, prestigious land yachts ever to navigate the pavement.

Fun fact: A red, 1968 Cadillac DeVille Convertible was driven by actor Chazz Palminteri for his Mob boss character Sonny in the movie “A Bronx Tale.”

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