This was the last true Fleetwood-bodied Cadillac….
The 1975 & 1976 model years were the last of the breed….
The new look of Cadillac for 1975 was accented by rectangular headlamps, a beveled hood and lower front fenders. The styling was more dramatic with the elegant Fleetwood Brougham. This was the most luxurious owner-driven Cadillac sedan.
The Fleetwood Brougham augmented the Cadillac model hierarchy annually. With its individually longer wheelbase, body and interior by Fleetwood, it was the most majestic manner in which to drive the formidable “Standard of the World.” The Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special Brougham was the very essence of Cadillac luxury; it was the epitome of elegance and opulence.
With new technology and innovation, and the powerful 8.2 litre Eldorado V8 engine standard, the 1975 Cadillacs were among the most efficient in Cadillac’s history. Through a series of refinement Cadillac engineers scored gains in gas mileage for the 1975 model year.
Historically….this was the last true Fleetwood-bodied Cadillac. The 1975 Fleetwood Brougham carried on the tradition with a poised dignity that was the hallmark of every Cadillac…..and now we begin the next successful episode in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”
The 1975 Fleetwood Sixty-Special Brougham was one of the world’s most elegant sedans. It had touches of luxury such as the new European inspired shirred design of its sew style to the lounge seating. Whether it was upholstered in the new glove-soft leather, the lovely new Monticello Velour, or a rich knit fabric called Moselle, the effects of the shirring technique were evident.
Everywhere inside the 1975 Brougham had the emphasis on luxury. It was a true Cadillac Flagship in every respect. In spaciousness and stature the Brougham was without conjecture one of the world’s great sedans. There were thoughtful touches such as reading lamps for both driver and front passenger.
Cadillac’s signal seeking AM/FM radio with power antenna, power windows, power door locks, Automatic Level Control, Automatic Climate Control, rear seat reading lamps, rear seat carpeted foot rests, a fully padded Elk Grain vinyl roof with coach lamps, remote control left-side rear view mirror, tinted glass, and Dual Comfort front seat with driver’s six-way adjustment, were all standard equipment.
Cadillac offered more features as standard than any other luxury make. Model code #6B B69/P Fleetwood Sixty-Special Brougham had a base price of $10,414, a price increase to $10,427, and finally to $10,843 with 18,755 built.
Special limited edition option packages for the 1975 Fleetwood Brougham included the Fleetwood Talisman option, it escalated luxury to new heights in the grandest Cadillac manner. The sumptuous Fleetwood Talisman returned for its second model year with a full width rear seat shedding the center console as equipped for the 1974 model year. Front individual lounge seats remained with their Medici velour trimmed locking center console.
Medici velour trimmed the upholstery and upper door trim panels and was available in four colors. Signature features included a fully padded Elk Grain vinyl roof with “Fleetwood Talisman” script on the sail panels and the classic jewel-like stand-up laurel wreath and crest hood ornament. The Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman was the most eloquent manner in which to travel Cadillac style for the 1975 model year.
The Brougham d’Elegance option was so majestic it attracted admirers wherever it was driven. Exterior signature features included a fully padded Elk Grain vinyl roof with “Brougham d’Elegance” script, and a jewel-like stand-up laurel wreath and crest hood ornament. The interior had a choice of four luxury trim combinations that included the upper door trim panels and seatback storage pockets.
Supple Sierra Grain leather was available in nine color combinations. Medici crushed velour enhanced the Euro-shirring effect with four dramatic colors. Six-way power seat, deep pile carpeting, opera lamps, and special turbine vane wheel discs were also standard for this optional trim package. The Brougham d’Elegance was one’s own personal limousine.
The luxurious 1975 Cadillacs were powered by Cadillac’s 8.2 litre 500 CID 16-valve OHV V8 engine equipped with a Rochester 4-bbl down-draft Quadrajet carburetor and GM’s Turbo Hydra-Matic THM 400 3-speed automatic transmission. A new electric choke was added to improve fuel economy. Cadillac also introduced a new solid state HEI electronic high-energy ignition system that eliminated the rubbing block, points, and condenser. This provided quick starting. The engine produced 190 hp @ 3,600 rpm with 488 Nm of peak torque @ 2,000 rpm.
Performance was rated as 0-60 mph in 12.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 43.9 seconds, with a top speed of 114 mph. It did the ¼ mile @ 75 mph in 19.2 seconds. The engine was now equipped with advanced exhaust emission control systems including a catalytic converter. The combination of the HEI and catalytic converter with the use of unleaded fuel extended tune up requirements up to and including 22,500 miles. The transmission torque converter was refined making it tighter resulting in immediate positive responses with improved economy. The 1975 Cadillacs were as efficient and they were beautiful.
The 1975 Cadillacs were built as body on frame construction. They were built on Cadillac’s rigid perimeter frame with heavy gauge boxed side rails. The front suspension was the traditional upper and lower control arms with integral steering knuckle, independent helical coil springs, and rubber mounted strut rods with rubber bushings to absorb impact and isolate road noise. Shock absorbers with Teflon piston rings were fitted to the front and rear for consistent handling. The rear suspension had the self-leveling network, four-link drive, helical coil springs and large rubber bushings to improve ride quality.
Standard was Cadillac’s power braking system with dual hydraulic master cylinder providing independent front and rear operation, and was equipped with a large two-piston power booster. This sophisticated system provided smooth, straight, effortless braking under any driving condition.
The parking brake had an automatic release when transmission was placed into gear and could be used as a true auxiliary brake since it would not lock with the engine running and the car in gear. Cadillac Variable Ratio Power steering was also standard. It had a high-capacity pump which provided faster response. The 1975 Cadillacs were as rugged as they were rewarding.
The 1975 Cadillacs were the most technologically advanced in history. The highly efficient 8.2 litre 500 CID Eldorado powerplant was standard for all Cadillacs for the 1975 & 1976 model years. The engine was equipped with a Quadrajet carburetor with electric choke and a new catalytic converter reducing exhaust emissions, thus, creating improved fuel economy and cleaner air at the same time.
The 1975 Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special Brougham was not only the epitome of Cadillac luxury; it was the “Standard of the World” in technology and engineering excellence. The Fleetwood Brougham was another extremely successful endeavor in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns.”
The Classic 1955 Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special
Will there ever be another “Standard of the World?”