Same As It Ever Was: 1970 Cadillac Sedan DeVille 33K Mile Survivor – Sold!
March 13th Update: Early followers of GuysWithRides may recall us first featuring this stunning 1970 Cadillac Sedan Deville Four-Door Hardtop 30K original mile survivor in late July of last year for $19,500. Then in October, we came across the same car for sale by the same owner at Fall Carlisle with the same asking price of $19,500. Fast forward another five months later and just yesterday we came across another Craigslist post by the same caretaker in Phillipsburg, New Jersey for the same asking price of $19,500. We love the car as it’s been stunningly preserved and will likely make you an AACA winner whenever you enter the car in the Preservation, Original Features (“PPOF”) class. While the seller’s consistent asking price falls between the Hagerty Insurance #1 “Concours” and #2 “Excellent” price estimates, we believe what’s holding this car back is its gold exterior combined with the gold cloth interior. A popular color combination in 1970, it remains a hard sell today and we believe the seller needs to reduce his price a bit to reflect that. Having been the caretaker for the past ten years, we’re pretty confident the seller likely bought his Cadillac for much less so it seems silly to continue holding out for a few thousand dollars.
October 6 Update: As we walked into the Fall Carlisle event, we recognized this 1970 Cadillac Sedan DeVille we originally featured last July for sale in the car corral. We can’t find a revised online listing, but here’s a picture of the contact information. This is a stunning survivor car with very few cosmetic flaws that look fantastic in person.
We noticed this 1970 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Four-Door Hardtop is for sale in nearby Phillipsburg, New Jersey where the caretaker of the past ten years now has it listed for a lower $19,500. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Guide, the private seller has his Caddy currently priced only $3,100 less than the #1 Concours value of $24,600. The pictures provided of the interior, underside, and engine do hint at an example of Concours-quality, unfortunately, the period Byzantine Gold over Gold Dynasty Cloth is a polarizing color that we believe the seller has tried to account for. We’d like to know whether this Cadillac has won any show awards as that will help him justify the asking price.
Cadillac’s third-generation DeVille entered production in 1965 and the 1970 model year was the last before GM introduced even wider full-size models for 1971. For 1970 Cadillac redesigned the front grille with 13 vertical blades set against a delicately cross-hatched rectangular opening. Worth noting are the winger crest front fender tip emblems. The example presented here also features the then-new body-color border around the edge of the vinyl top covering, when this option was ordered.
Color aside, nothing about this time capsule appears to disappoint. The owner reports that the car spent its entire life in Knoxville, Tennessee before he purchased it ten years ago. He also states that every item and option on his DeVille works as intended and the car comes with a full history with all documents.
While the Gold Dynasty Cloth could be right at home in your Grandmother’s living room, you have to respect the cleanliness and originality of how this interior looks.
It’s a shame that car shows do not have a lift to show off the detailed chassis of this Cadillac. This example looks virtually brand new underneath.
Similarly, the massive 472 Cubic Inch V8 presents virtually as when new.
We hope the current caretaker finds a buyer who appreciates his time machine just as much as he does. Hopefully, there’s a Cadillac collector who would like to add this survivor to his collection. Good luck with the purchase!