Nine Months Gone: 1982 Cadillac Coupe DeVille V6 26K Mile Original Owner – Sold!

Apr 2020 | Malaise Monday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

April 13th Update:  a second Malaise Monday car we originally featured in July of last year remains for sale by the original owner.  If you don’t recall this Cadillac, the original owner first had their ’82 26K original mile Coupe DeVille listed for $15,995.  In late summer we found he lowered the price about $4,000 to $11,995. Then last fall, apparently after no action, he lowered the price another $3,300 to a much more realistic $8,695.  Fast forward another six months and we find a fresh listing with a slightly higher price back to $8,695.  We believe two things hold this Cadillac back.  First is the Buick V6 the original owner originally equipped this car with.  While in hindsight it was a very smart decision over the then new HT4100 V8, it’s just not Caddy with V6.  Second, the original bumper fillers need to be replaced which if you’ve followed the video of our ’84 Eldorado, you already know what a job that can be. 

October 28th Update:  the original owner still has not sold his 26K mile 1982 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, and he’s lowered his price another $3,200 to $8,695.

August 26th Update: we originally featured this stunning 26K mile survivor on July 22nd as a Malaise Monday car.  At the time the original owner had it listed for $15,995 which was about $300 higher than Hangerty’s #1 “Concours” level.  He now has it listed for a much more realistic $11,895, so we’ve updated the new link and pricing estimate accordingly.

You can find this 26K mile, Bar Harbor Blue Metallic over blue leather, 1982 Cadillac Coupe DeVille originally listed in July 2019 on Craigslist in Dix Hills, New York (Long Island) where the original owner recently lowered his expectations from nearly $16K to a more realistic $8,995.  Following the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide for this car indicates the original owner now has his Coupe DeVille priced the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $10,800 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $5,400.

By 1982, Cadillac’s full-size fifth generation DeVille line was now in its sixth model year following downsizing in 1977.  The biggest news for Cadillac in 1982 was the introduction of a new aluminum-block 249-cubic-inch 4.1-liter HT series V8 engine to replace the highly unreliable 368 cubic inch V8-6-4. The new power plant featured a closed-loop digital fuel injection system, free-standing cast-iron cylinders within a cast-aluminum block, and was coupled with a 4-speed automatic-overdrive transmission. With loyal buyers still reeling from the V8-6-4 debacle but needing better fuel economy, many (such as the original owner here) opted for the tried-and-true Buick “Even Fire” V6 rather than deal with the unproven new 4100 or the troublesome Oldsmobile V8 diesel offered as an option.

The original owner of this Cadillac is clearly proud of his DeVille as he states it is “like brand new in and out and he is able to provide every piece of documentation from day 1.”  Candidly, the only flaw presented is a cracked drivers side rear filler panel the seller provided a picture of.  This is a relatively easy blemish to repair if desired. 

This is a rare opportunity to purchase what appears to be a well cared for luxurious time capsule from the original owner.  These rear wheel drive land yachts are a joy to ride in that will likely never be replicated again, particularly in the two coupe form.  We hope the next caretaker of this Caddy will cherish and care for it as much as the original owner has.  Good luck with the purchase!


Here’s the seller’s description:

“This truck has a new 350 motor and a 700 R4 Trans with only two thousand miles . Total original miles are 48,000.
Has southern rods heat and Air Conditioning. New power steering and power brakes. Has updated interior, dash, seat, radio, gauges,headers and dual exhaust, plus many more new parts.
Have new carpet and sound deadening that needs to be installed. Current carpet is fine though.
Automatic on the floor.
This truck runs great and looks great. Over 20 k invested.
Have too many vehicles and this one has to go.

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