Last Hardtop: 1973 Cadillac Coupe DeVille 44K Mile Survivor – Sold!
Cadillac introduced the Coupe DeVille as a two-door pillar-less hardtop in 1949. Twenty-four years and four generations later, 1973 proved to be the last year of the true hardtop Coupe DeVille and this 44K original mile Renaissance Gold over Gold Morrokide listed recently on Craigslist in Colonia, New Jersey with only a stated 44,200 original miles is a great example of the clean rooflines. The current caretaker is asking $13,000, which a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the price falls between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,900 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $7,000.
As with all GM full-size lines, Cadillac launched the completely redesigned fourth-generation DeVille for the 1971 model year. The new GM full-size “C” bodies boasted 62.1 inches of front shoulder room and 64.0 inches rear shoulder room on a 130 inch long wheelbase. A three-month-long United Autoworkers (“UAW”) strike crippled GM just when the new models were introduced and new cars didn’t start reaching customers until early 1971. The even longer and lower styling than the prior generation car was well received by consumers once the cars became available in dealer showrooms following the strike’s end.
For 1973 all Cadillacs received new energy-absorbing bumpers along with a number of other styling refinements to DeVille. Stylists widened the front grille that now featured an intricate egg crate design. Larger vertical rectangles housed the parking lamps between wide-spaced headlamps which had square bezels but round lenses. Bumpers ran fully across the front and wrapped around each end. Vertical guards were spaced much further apart at a point outboard of the grille. The rear end had a bumper with a flatter upper section housing an angled license plate recess. Single horizontally mounted rectangular rear side marker lamps were placed over and under the rear tip of the thin beltline trim. Cadillac script was seen on the front fender sides below the belt molding behind the wheel opening. Inside, “soft-pillow” door panels with larger, sturdier pull-straps were new. The rear “lamp monitor” was repositioned from the rear seat shelf to the headliner just above the rear window. An Illuminated vanity mirror was an available option. This was the final year for hardtop Coupe de Villes, an irony since it was their introduction of the hardtop that made them such a sensation in 1949. Sales set a new record at 216,243, a figure that surpassed the four-door model for the first time in its history.
We came across this 1973 Cadillac Service Training film strip reviewing the emission control equipment that came standard that model year:
With its low mileage, freshly chromed bumpers, and new vinyl top, based on the pictures provided this Coupe DeVille presents in like-new condition. The private seller also states all of the optional equipment functions properly. With such low mileage we hope the seller can provide at least some of the original documentation and unfortunately he did not provide a picture of the 472 cubic inch V8’s engine compartment, so its unclear whether its detailed as well as the rest of the car. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1973 Cadillac Coupe Deville 44,200 original miles. Everything works like new. Car is equipped with power steering, brakes, windows, seats, trunk, AM-FM radio, eight track tape player, heating and air-conditioning. Paint job is in great condition. Bumpers were recently re-chromed. A new vinyl top was installed. Car is rust free and in excellent condition.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns or if you would like additional pictures you can reach me at (908)-230-0044.“
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