…the Fleetwood legend continues
“As the Standard of the World Turns”
The Spirited Seventies most masterful motorcars were from the “Standard of the World. The 1970 model year for Cadillac offered eleven models in three illustrious series. The model hierarchy was augmented by the Fleetwood series. These were the quintessential Flagships. The “Cadillac of Cadillacs” was the Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five. This regal sedan was available as a nine passenger sedan and formal limousine. The 1970 Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five maintained the poised dignity that was the hallmark of every Cadillac…..another superlative performance in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”
Preeminence in the luxury car arena was synonymous with Fleetwood. This was a limited edition series by virtue. The talented artisans with Fleetwood fashioned all Cadillac interiors….but with the formidable Fleetwood series….they crafted the entire car. There was nothing more gracious than a Fleetwood-bodied Cadillac except another Cadillac Fleetwood. This was the eminent series that no other automaker could compare….often imitated but never replicated….when “Fleetwood” nomenclature appeared….it was exclusive even in the special world of Cadillac. The signature Series Seventy-Five nine passenger sedan and formal limousine were the only limousines built in America specifically designed and built as limousines.
The Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five was all about presence. These meticulously crafted Fleetwood-bodied sedans were the epitome of Cadillac eloquence and opulence. The Series Seventy-Five formal limousine was equipped with a power glass partition and a leather upholstered chauffeur’s compartment. Both nine passenger sedan and limousine featured folding rear seats that accommodated three additional passengers. In luxury and dignity the Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five sedan offered splendor that was unequaled in all of motordom. No other motorcar was more luxuriously appointed for comfort, convenience, and privacy. The 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five was the most impressive of motorcars. It was the “Standard of the World” in elegant distinction.
Leather upholstered chauffeur’s compartment in formal Limousine
Open the hy-bridge doors that open into the roofline to enhance entry and exit, to enter the special world of Fleetwood. Two Automatic Climate Control systems were standard; one for the chauffeur and one for the passenger compartment. From the passenger control panel, rear controls allow the windows to be operated, turn on the reading lamps, activate the Automatic Climate Control system, tune the radio, and raise & lower the glass partition. Divan Cloth was available in three colors. Decordo Cloth and Dumbarton Cloth with leather made a total of five selections of upholstery trim combinations.
The interior was purposely and elegantly understated, impeccably tailored by Fleetwood. The rich look of oriental tamo wood was used throughout. The distinctiveness of its bearing, its solid riding comfort, and the respect and admiration it inspired earned world-wide esteem for the revered Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five for the 1970 model year. Both nine passenger sedan and limousine were truly distinguished motorcars with fine taste, meticulous craftsmanship, and refinements apparent everywhere. Motoring in the Spirited Seventies was no more majestic than this unique luxury sedan.
The Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five was powered by the Cadillac 7.7 litre 472 CID 16-valve OHV V8. The engine was equipped with a Rochester 4MV 4-bbl down-draft Quadrajet carburetor with equalized manifold, mechanical fuel pump, dry type air filter, improved automatic choke, and a controlled combustion system to reduce hydrocarbons in exhaust. The engine produced 375 hp @ 4,400 rpm with 712 Nm of peak torque @ 3,000 rpm. Performance was rated as 0-60 mph in 9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 25.8 seconds and had a top speed of 122 mph. It could do the ¼ mile @ 84 mph in 16.6 seconds. The engine was mated to GM’s Turbo Hydra-Matic THM 400 3-speed automatic transmission.
The 1970 Cadillacs were built as body on frame construction. They were built upon Cadillac’s fully boxed perimeter frame. The front suspension was the traditional upper and lower control arm, new integral steering knuckle for greater dependability and longer life, independent helical coil springs, rubber mounted strut rods and rubber bushings to absorb impact and isolate road noise. Both Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five nine passenger sedan and limousine rode on a commanding 149.7” wheelbase, had the luxury length of 245.3”, with the wide stance of 79.8”.
The rear suspension was a four-link drive, helical coil springs, and rubber bushings to improve ride quality. The 1970 model year received a new heavier and stronger rear axle and differential. Dual hydraulic power brakes were standard. A split hydraulic master cylinder provided independent operation of front and rear brake systems. Also standard was fixed-ratio power steering and Automatic Level Control to maintain poise with changing load and driving conditions.
Model code #70-697 697R Nine Passenger sedan was base priced at $11,039 and 876 were built. Model code #70-697 69733S Formal Limousine was base priced at $11,178 and 1,240 were built. The 1970 model year for Cadillac was the second banner year in a row producing a total of 238,745 vehicles. The 1969 & 1970 model years were very very popular for the “Standard of the World.”
Cadillac’s ultimate was the Fleetwood series. The Series Seventy-Five nine passenger sedan and formal limousine were the only limousines built in America specifically designed and built as limousines. These regal sedans for 1970 were the epitome of Cadillac Luxury and esteem. No other luxury make offered elegance and opulence as the revered Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five. The interiors were spacious and sumptuous….Cadillac-style.
No other cars were so lavishly appointed with the spirited performance of a 375 hp V8 engine. The ultimate in prestige was this “Cadillac of Cadillacs.” The 1970 Cadillacs incorporated a significant number of comfort and convenience items as standard equipment. There were many optional features and accessories to further personalize this highly bespoke Cadillac. The Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five maintained that poised dignity that was the hallmark of every Cadillac. The 1970 Fleetwood Series Seventy-Five nine passenger sedan and formal limousine were exemplary performances in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”
Fleetwood Series seventy-Five nine passenger sedan
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