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Pick of the Day: A classic Caddy highway cruiser

1968 Coupe De Ville is a four-figure in price, but still a 5-figure vehicle on its odometer

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(Editors note: This being the traditional deadline week for filing federal income taxes — yes, we realize that deadline has been extended this year because of the pandemic — nonetheless were focusing the Pick of the Day selections to vehicles being advertised for sale for four figures. The thought is that you might be getting enough of a refund to buy one of these cars, or after paying Uncle Sam, you might have enough left over to consider one of our suggestions.)

It was another era in the history of the automobile. In the late 1960s, cars were cars, not faux station wagons called crossovers, and cars were large, so large they were like big boats cruising down the highways.

Such a car is our Pick of the Day, a 1968 Cadillac Coupe De Ville being advertised on ClassicCars.com by its private owner located in Washington Township, just north of the Detroit metropolitan area.

A classic Caddy (Cadillac) highway cruiser
A classic Caddy (Cadillac) highway cruiser

“Original Coupe De Ville,” the seller reports, “great daily driver, always garage kept last 20+ years, 472 motor and trans runs like a top, mechanically sound, all electrical works (lights, wipers, blower motor, etc).

“Tan leather seats and brown interior is in great shape, no cracks rips or tears. 

“Exterior chrome and trim in excellent shape — needs new paint and some minor body work on the rockers and top under vinyl has some rust bubbling under the top. It’s a solid all original car with 72,500 original miles and a great cruiser.”

The seller reports that the master cylinder, brake pads, muffler, spark plugs and points and tires have been replaced, but the air conditioning “needs to be hooked up (and) may need new compressor.”

Still, for the asking price of $9,500 you get a blast from the past with power brakes, steering, windows and seats.

A classic Caddy (Cadillac) highway cruiser
A classic Caddy (Cadillac) highway cruiser

Cadillacs got a styling update for the 1967 model year that made them look even longer, and with a redone coupe roofline that provided more privacy for those sitting in the back seat. There also was a new grille and tail treatment, and some mechanical updates as well.

The De Ville rode on a wheelbase that stretched to 129.5 inches and the car was 224 inches long overall. Interesting to note that the current Cadillac Escalade has a wheelbase that’s only 120.9 inches in length and the SUV is only 211 inches long. 

Back in the day, Cadillac’s 472cid V8 was rated at 375 horsepower and was fed by a Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor. 

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

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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.

8 COMMENTS

  1. This is totally awesome..and soooo afordable. 74k miles?? A dream come true. It is a total time machine. Many of you youngsters don’t have any idea how a auto w/that much mass (weight) rides. “Like floating on a cloud.” TOTAL black Color is spot on. I have slept 😉 in the back seat more than once – not by myself- it is BIG.

    NOTE: BUICK 225 was named that because. It was 225 inches long! How long is this one?

    Babes? They will be BEGGING to get in this pimp mobile & it will hold quite a few.

  2. This is true luxury. The a/c compressor is an A-6, much more reliable than the R-4 that was standard on later GM vehicles.

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