Sweet Spot: 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille 21K Survivor – SOLD!

by | Jul 2023 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

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August 20, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “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.

August 1, 2023 Update – We confirmed the seller of this 21K original mile Cadillac just lowered their original asking price from $19,000 to $15,000.

Suppose your heart is set on buying a classic, body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive, Malaise-Era (1972-1984) Cadillac.  However, you realize you don’t have the garage depth for the full-size 1972-1976 models. Additionally, you’re scared by all of the horror stories you find online about Cadillac’s infamous V8-6-4 engine, followed by the anemic and troublesome 125-horsepower HT4100 of the early 1980s.  What’s a classic Cadillac enthusiast to do?

This light blue, 21K-original mile, 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille for sale, last spotted on Craigslist in July 2023 in Mattituck, New York (Long Island), fills the sweet spot between the two extremes mentioned above. Its overall length of 221.2 inches (18.4 feet) will fit into most modern garages. Not only is the 425 cubic inch (7.0L) V8 a true Cadillac engine that is among the most reliable made, but it also responds well to mild modifications.  Add a subtle true-dual exhaust, install a dual-plane intake manifold, and swap out the rear end’s 2.24:1 rear axle gears, and you’ll find yourself owning a comfortable traditional Cadillac that can really scoot.

Last offered for $15,000 (the original ask was $19,000), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is right in line with this guide’s recent auction sales results.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for in the past rolling twelve months:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $12,900 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $21,000.

The 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille was a luxurious and elegant full-size two-door coupe produced by the Cadillac division of General Motors. As part of the DeVille series, this model was known for its combination of classic Cadillac styling, opulent features, and a comfortable ride, making it a popular choice among luxury car enthusiasts of its time.

The exterior design of the 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille was quintessentially Cadillac, with its long, sleek lines and imposing presence. It featured a distinctive front grille with the iconic Cadillac crest, flanked by quad headlamps and chrome accents. The hood was long and slightly slanted, contributing to its aerodynamic appearance. The overall styling exuded a sense of elegance and status.

The Coupe DeVille had body-on-frame construction, with a length of around 221 inches (over 18 feet), making it a truly massive vehicle. It had a width of approximately 76 inches and a height of about 54 inches. The wheelbase measured around 121.5 inches, providing ample space for passengers and a smooth ride.

Under the hood, the 1979 Coupe DeVille was typically equipped with a powerful V8 engine. The standard engine was a 7.0-liter (425 cubic inches) V8, capable of producing around 180 to 195 horsepower. While these figures might not seem impressive by today’s standards, the engine’s torque and smooth power delivery provided effortless acceleration and a refined driving experience. The car was known for its quietness on the road, as Cadillac put significant effort into sound insulation and vibration reduction.

The interior of the 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille was where the car truly shined. It featured a spacious cabin with plush seating, upholstered in premium materials like leather or velour, depending on the trim level. Wood paneling and chrome accents adorned the dashboard and door panels, adding to the luxury ambiance.

The Coupe DeVille was equipped with many amenities, including power windows, seats, door locks, and air conditioning. It had an array of gauges and indicators to keep the driver informed about various aspects of the vehicle’s performance. The trunk space was generous, providing ample room for luggage and belongings.

Regarding safety, the 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille boasted features like power-assisted front disc brakes and power-assisted steering to enhance control and stopping power. Seatbelts were standard for all occupants, and the car’s robust body structure provided a level of protection in the event of a collision.

The 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille represented the epitome of American luxury cars during the late 1970s. Its combination of comfort, opulence, and classic styling appealed to a broad range of buyers, cementing its status as a symbol of prestige and success. Today, well-maintained examples of the 1979 Coupe DeVille are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts who appreciate its vintage charm and nostalgic appeal.

The What It’s Like YouTube Channel provides a modern look back on the 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille:

With just under 21K miles on the clock, this survivor-quality 1979 Cadillac Coupe Deville for sale represents an over-looked classic car that harkens back to the classic Cadillac luxury cars of the past in a more modest size. While its no secret we prefer originality, the modifications we suggested early are so subtle and not easily detectable that no one will fault you for making them.

If you are serious about buying this DeVille survivor, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Malaise Era Cadillac featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Cadillac Coupe DeVille for sale.
Mint interior and exterior, light blue.
Very low mileage 21K original miles. Year 1979.
This Cadillac has been garaged its entire life, and meticulously maintained.
Ashtrays have never been used.
Sure to please a Cadillac collector.
Serious buyers only, thank you.
No delivery.
Meet in person.

Keep stock or modify slightly: What would you do with this 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!


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