1964 Cadillac Hardtop Sedan deVille

As the fin dwindles…….

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The last year  for the iconic Cadillac tail fin (Fleetwood shown)

ImageCadillac hardtop Sedan deVille, America’s favorite luxury car

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The “Standard of the World” for 1964

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Equipped with a 429 CID 16-valve OHV V8 producing 340 hp @ 4,600 rpm with 651 Nm of peak torque @ 3,000 rpm. It went from 0-60 in just 8.7 seconds. It was 223.5″ long, rode on a 129.5″ wheelbase, and was 79.7″ wide. This was another big ole’ floatin’ Barco lounger that you could drive forever and never get tired, there was room inside to stretch. I am 6’2″ tall and these were ideal. Today’s cars require amputation in order to get comfortable inside and God forbid you have a passenger that must ride in the trunk. It’s a shame we had to give up a luxury-length automobile because of sheer avarice…..

Once upon a time there was a land called America. This land was filled with luxury cars, North, South, East, and West. They were a city block long and half a city block wide. These cars were not only big……but powerful as well. It was like driving your summer home around with you all the time. Americans became spoiled…..Cadillac was the car. They blew up to HUMONGOUS proportions, spoiling Americans further…..then along came the mean ole’ nasty EPA….huffed & puffed & blew the house down (with us in it too!) Gee thanks EPA. Oh, by the way, it t’was OPEC we should really thank the most, why, thanks to their greed and avarice Americans now were forced to drive death traps and puddle jumpers!  THE END

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1964 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty-Special

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This was a farewell to the iconic Cadillac tail fin

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The 1959 Cadillac had the tallest tail fins in the industry…

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1964 Cadillac Series 6300 hardtop Sedan deVille

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  3. J. Gallant Says:

    I owned one of these; a black, tailfinned beauty with a full red leather interior, (my dear old “Wendy”,) from about January of 1981 until early 1983. It was the realization of a long held childhood dream; my Dad purchased one of these new in 1964 when I was five years old! Dad’s car was desert tan over a bone-white interior; virtually IDENTICAL to the car pictured at the very top of this page. Following a moderate on-frame restoration and electrical re-hab, I registered Wendy with the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, and enjoyed every minute I owned her. I made the AGGREGIOUS mistake of eventually selling her at a greatly discounted price, to a co-worker “friend” who claimed to want to do a full “top-shelf” restoration on her. He LIED; he immediately flipped the car for an enormous profit…..(LESSON FOREVER LEARNED!!!) It was the final time I would ever “voluntarilly” speak to him again. As the old “bad penny” rule would explain, our paths would eventually cross once more – years later, while arguing with his father two days before Christmas, he rammed my beautiful 1966 Fleetwood Brougham in a local parking lot, damaging the frame beyond repair. Under the legal farce imposed under the “No-Fault” auto insurance rules in Massachusetts at that time, I was forced to take a crippling financial loss on the Fleetwood. It goes to show that my father was right: “No good deed EVER goes unpunished”!

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