Special Edition: 1979 Cadillac Phaeton Coupe 10K Mile Time Capsule – SOLD!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

September 14th Update We’re busy updating our database accurately reflect the status of every car we’ve featured since starting GuysWithRides.com.  This ’79 Cadillac Phaeton Edition we first featured in April 2020 has since sold.

All of the maintenance and extra cost of a quality canvas convertible top without the benefits of being able to fold it on a beautiful day.  That’s what luxury cars of the late seventies such as this 1979 Cadillac Phaeton Coupe originally listed in April 2020 on Craigslist in Deer Park, New York (Long Island) offered buyers in special edition form.  A stunning, Concours-quality example with just over 10K original miles, the third owner since Halloween 1998 currently offers their Phaeton for a staggering $28,500. Unfortunately for the seller, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the current asking price is $8,700 more than the current #1 “Concours” appraisal. Worse yet, the asking price is way beyond the NADA Classic Car Online Valuation Tool’s “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $2,282, $5,335, $8,910, respectively.  This car is clearly among the best of the less than two thousand produced, has been maintained at a very detailed, flawless level, and that’s what prevents us from giving the seller our “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way”) Award.  If you can only have the best and are willing to pay for it, you can start the negotiations by calling Neil at (718) 753-0633 and when you do, please remember to mention you first saw his post here on GuysWithRides.com.

After a very successful launch of the radically downsized Coupe and Sedan DeVilles for 1977, in 1978 Cadillac introduced an optional “Phaeton” package. Available on both coupe and sedan, the $1,929 Phaeton package featured a simulated convertible-top, special pinstriping, wire wheel discs, and “Phaeton” nameplates in place of the usual “Coupe de Ville” or “Sedan de Ville” ornament on the rear fenders. Inside were leather upholstered seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel matching the exterior color. The package was available in “Cotillion White” (with Dark Blue roof), “Platinum Silver” (with a Black roof), or “Arizona Beige” (with a Dark Brown roof) such as the example featured here.  1979 quietly marked the last year for Cadillac’s 425 cubic inch (7.0 liter V8).

One of the pictures attached provides an interesting story of how the current caretaker became the third owner of this gorgeous car.  If you’ve been following GuysWithRides.com for a while and have wondered what we consider to be a #1 Condition “Concours” level car, this Cadillac is a rare example.  The only thing we don’t like about this car is the current asking price. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Selling a 1979 original survivor Cadillac Coupe Deville Special Phaeton Edition in mint condition. 1 of 2400 ever made. This car has only 10026 original miles. The car was stored most of it’s life; since then garage kept. Asking $28,500, this car is a true time capsule

Do you have a Phaeton story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Anonymous

    My name is Louie I am interested in th 1979 Cadillac please call me.

    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Louie, thank you for checking out GuysWithRides.com and this cool, low mileage Cadillac. Apologies for the confusion: we first featured this car in April and never updated the post once the private seller deleted their Craigslist ad several weeks later. As the popularity of our website continues to grow, we’ve realized we need to update old posts like these to minimize future confusion. Than you for your patience as we plan to complete all of the updates before the end of September.

  2. Anonymous

    Hello, what did this 1979 Phaeton end up selling for? I have one identical to it. Thanks

    • Guys with Rides

      Hi, unfortunately, we’ve never been able to confirm what the seller received for their extremely low mileage Phaeton. However, we believe if it did sell it was for much less than the $28,500 asking price.


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