76 Cents A Pound: 1957 Cadillac DeVille

'57 Cadi left side rear

This is a big car and at the asking price it works out to cost about .76 cents a pound! This 1957 Cadillac Sedan DeVille is listed here on craigslist in St. Louis, Missouri, but parked in Harrison, AR. with an asking price of $3,500 OBO. There were just 23,813 of these produced in 1957, are you ready to restore this one?

'57 Cadi engine

This car, according to the owner, “ran well when it was parked“, but it’s been sitting for a long time. The radiator looks to be the only thing missing under the hood.

'57 Cadi int.

This is a factory A/C car that is, according to the seller, 95% complete. The windows are said to be a little smokey with a few bubbles. We don’t know exactly what the “bubble” reference means? Are there bubbles in the glass that were there from the factory?

'57 Cadi rear

All the script and emblems are in “near perfect” condition except for the front crest. The owner says “the metal is just fine, though“. There is one piece of chrome that is damaged also. How many of the 1957 Cadillac Sedan DeVilles that are left are as complete and priced at just $3,500 or less? There may not be many.

Motor-on,

Robert

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Comments

  1. 64 bonneville

    “bubbles” in the glass is delamination of the glass. looks like all the glass would need to be replaced. Missing parts could pose a problem, and an extra $35K needed to bring it up to local show standards. Basically the car needs everything.

    • Wayne Thomas

      Restomod candidate then. Swap in Northstar LS engine with a Caddy cover and mod this baby with modern parts.

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  2. Charles

    Is that an early factory ac unit or add on ac? The round compressor makes me think it is factory, however the under dash evaporator looks aftermarket.

    A friend of mine had a 57 Caddy limo with factory ac. It had a compressor like this one. It was a split system with two evaporators one mounted under the dash and the other in the trunk with clear duct work to route the cold air to the rear seating area.

    This would be a cool old car to own, however just as 64 Bonneville observed restoration costs will be high.

    • Al8apex

      That is factory air

      What you see under the dash is a radio speaker I believe

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      • Russ

        Speaker. Even a Pontiac of that era had AC vents in the dash like a modern car does now.

  3. Woodie Man

    disgraceful the way this was allowed to deteriorate.

  4. john

    How I wish I could save this car! Lovely old thing!

  5. Michael Jacobs

    Man shes kind of far gone..though..all that body patina could be left..plop a crate motor in here..clean up the inside..put modern discs on all fours…send it to those Monkey Garage guys..lol….

  6. Mark S Member

    Has anyone ever herd of derelicts, from my under standing you do the crate motor, steering,brakes etc. than you redo the interior and the chrome to like new condition. They actually look quit cool.

  7. Charles

    I would love to see her returned to original as delivered condition complete with OE wheel covers and wide white walls. I believe that considering that this car came equiped with factory ac, it has to be somewhat rare. Even those of you who want to rod it or who like the patina have to admit that she would be a head turner fully restored.

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