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1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance


If you’re nostalgic for the 1980s and looking for a way to reach back to another era, you might want to consider the Pick of the Day: this 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance.

The car is located in Woodland Hills, California, and is available for what the private seller calls a “firm” price of just $7,000.

[caption id="attachment_101086" align="alignright" width="390"] Big engine under the hood

Significant, according to the seller, is the fact that 1980 was the last year such a vehicle was available with a carbureted 6.0-liter big-block V8.

“If you collect classic cars you know what this means,” the seller states in the classified advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

If you don’t know what it means, the answer is provided:

“It means the car can sit for months, if not years, and start/run without mandatory fuel injection issues, not to mention sensor issues common to throttle body injections. The 6.0  and 5.7 Liter Fleetwoods are easily the best.  I prefer the 6.0 Liter because it is smoother, quieter, has a better transmission, and can last longer.”

This particular vehicle — in sandstone paint with desert-sand padded top and beige button-top leather interior — appears to have lasted very well and for a long time. Photos accompanying the text in the advertisement show an immaculate vehicle.

“All the super rare and expensive options: Factory CB, Astroroof, power driver and passenger recliner, automatic dimming, posi-traction, and genuine factory wire wheels,” are there, the seller said.

“The chrome trim is all flawless. As pictured, I have all the original parts in excellent condition if you want to original look back. This leads me to tell you this car wears all its original sheet metal and body pieces.  There is no bondo anywhere and most of the car is original paint.






“I replaced the plastic fillers with fiber glass and repainted them (new and expensive but long lasting), full tune up, headliner, sail panels, and visors. All of these must be done if you want a Fleetwood you can drive and use.  Period.  All of these pieces fail in moderate to warm climates regardless of exterior element or exposure.  They do not fail only by the sun.

“The car retains its factory original painted pin stripe in all places.  The wire wheels are actually balanced and hold air without tubes!  Of course they are in excellent original condition as pictured.  The elk grain top has all its stitching and the driver’s tufted seat doesn’t have the usual scuff marks yet from getting in and out in the back side that DeElegance models endure. The tires are Hankook  brand white walls, brand new with less than 60 miles, the battery is also brand new.

“Everything works on this car. Period.”

The seller adds that the car starts “every time,” idles smoothly and “happily loafs at 70 mph all day.”

Who’s up for a retro road trip?

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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