Big Beast: 1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille – SOLD!

by | Nov 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

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December 20, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

December 8, 2022 Update – One week after posting their listing, the seller decided to lower their asking price from their original request of $22,500 to the current $19,500.

1970 marked the sixth and final model year for Cadillac’s third-generation de Ville series. By this time, Cadillac’s trademark tailfins were canted downward to make them much subdued compared to the 1959 models produced just eleven years earlier.  The fourth generation model that replaced the 1970 models may have been wider. However, the fourth-generation Cadillacs remained very large automobiles with a 129.5-inch wheelbase and 472 cubic inch V8.

This black-over-red leather 1970 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, originally listed in November 2022 on Craigslist in Atlanta, Georgia, is a 49,810-mile survivor example featuring what appears to be a very well-preserved leather interior featuring air conditioning, cruise control, and an AM/FM radio. The De Ville was the mid-level trim model in 1970, falling between Cadillac’s entry-level Calais and the upscale 60-Special.

Last offered for $19,500 (the original ask was $22,500), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is above the $19,238 five-year rolling average for 1970 Cadillac De Villes of all body styles.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the De Ville featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $19,300.

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.

The Mid Century Cadillacs YouTube Channel features this 1970 Cadillac factory video describing the new-for-1970 mechanical features:

With just under 50K miles, this 1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille presents as a very clean survivor that can serve as either a comfortable touring car or simply to attend local Cars and Coffee.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“If you like Cadillacs, you will love this one! She’s not a trailer queen but a sharp black-on-black excellent body and just about perfect Red Leather Interior. This 472 cu. in. original engine still runs great and auto. trans. shifts like it should. I just drove 360 miles in the mountains and it did find, got some thumbs up. New tires and not 1000 miles on them. The car is registered in my name. I DO NOT TEXT. Call before 11 pm.

Show or go: What would you do with this 1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille survivor for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Mike g

    First thing I would do is put the correct wheel covers on it.

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