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Original Paint and Interior: 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible

“There’s no smoking and no pets allowed in my Cadillac!” Those were two of the rules that the previous two owners (we’re told they were “elderly gentlemen”) had for anybody thinking of riding in this well-preserved 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible. Based on the photos, those two owners obviously took amazing care of this pampered Caddy and it’s now looking to go to a new owner and a good home. Currently residing in a garage in sunny Santa Monica, California, this stunning survivor is for sale here on eBay. As of this writing, 30 bids had pushed the top bid up to $16,310.

The 1960’s had been a very good decade for Cadillac, the undisputed “Standard of the World” in the luxury car arena. Cadillac built its three millionth car in 1964, and just five years later, it would build its four millionth car on June 19, 1969. Although a strike hurt its overall model year production, 223,267 Cadillacs were produced including 16,445 DeVille Convertibles. It was restyled from stem to stern and took its styling cues from the front-wheel drive Eldorado which had been introduced in 1967.  The seller says this is an “original unmolested example that runs, drives, and look phoenominal.” I agree. It’s still wearing the original Cotillion White paint it left the factory with and I can’t find any fault with its appearance. The paint, chrome, shiny stuff, glass, and lenses all look very good and there’s no sign of any rust. The only demerit is a “blemish” on the black convertible top that the seller discloses and is evident in the photos.

“Interiors are the most luxurious in Cadillac history, with opulent new fabric patterns and new ostrich-grain leather treatment interiors.” That’s how Cadillac described its luxurious interiors and of the nine color options available on the DeVille Convertible in 1969, this one was ordered in a tan color called Light Flax Leather. It appears to be in extremely well-preserved condition although the seller confesses there is a “blemish” on the driver’s headrest. The redesigned instrument panel and dash (which supposedly made dials and controls more convenient to the driver and gave front-seat passengers more leg room) look great as well. The seller states that the air conditioner and factory cruise control are both operational and new white side wall tires were installed two months ago.

Cadillac described the ’69 power plant in their sales literature this way: “the largest production V8 ever to power a passenger car – has been refined for even more impressive smoothness, dependability and quiet.” Under that completely restyled longer hood rests the original 472-cubic-inch. 375 horsepower V8 engine that’s paired to a Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. It looks “unmolested” as described and has only 79,788 documented original miles with service records. I really like this pampered ’69 California Caddy drop-top. It checks a lot of the boxes you’d like to have checked before investing in a 53-year-old classic convertible.

Comments

  1. 19sixty5 Member

    Nice Caddy! Needs the steer horns on the hood.

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  2. Cadmanls Member

    Nice car! From what the pictures show the car was well cared for.

    Like 10
  3. PaulG

    Personally I think that Cadillac styling peaked in 1970 with a few exceptions. We had several, mostly coupe DeVille’s from around 62 through 70. Fantastic road cars with limitless torque. Although I prefer a hardtop I’m keeping an eye on this one.

    Like 9
  4. Terrry

    I’m glad the classic car wasn’t molested. I hate car molesters.

    Like 21
  5. Engident

    I had a white ’70 Calais with the 472 / 4bbl, the same car but with black polyester-like upholstery and a hard top (and the tail lights were a little different.) Used to use it to tow my ’67 Airstream Overlander. But it was NEVER this nice. Sold it with 185k miles on it when I couldn’t store it anymore. One (maybe 2?) trans rebuild, engine never opened past valve cover gaskets and water pump. I am positive I could see the gas gauge needle move when I’d press the go pedal that last little bit to open up the other half of the carb.

    Like 3
  6. joenywf64

    If that front bumper is all 1 piece, imagine how it was stored/handled on the assembly line. & the logistics needed to manufacture it.

    Like 7
    • Bill

      It’s a five piece front bumper. Each corner had an end bullet and a top. They all bolted together. HTH

      Like 5
  7. normadesmond

    Though they probably didn’t offer it, the top would look beautiful if it were the color of the interior.

    My grandfather had this car, the odometer went around 3 times, I kid you not. It rocked back & forth like it was on water.

    Like 4
  8. David Harold

    This is the preferred ride of Jefferson Davis Hogg aka “Boss” Hogg.

    Like 1
  9. Bob Mck Member

    O keep saying I want a 69 Convertible. Maybe this is my chance to get one at a reasonable price.

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