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Dave Smith’s 1961 Sedan de Ville was the color of money

It’s hard to believe now, but when the 1961 Cadillacs first appeared in autumn 1960, they were considered a bit… subdued. Well, for the appropriate context you can consider the all-time wild and crazy 1959 model, the year GM took Cadillac and cranked it up to 11. Wild, crazy, luxurious, huge, heavily chromed and all-American. With fins you could see from space.


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In 1980 I found a 61 6 window sedan like the one in this article parked 4 Sale on the local K-Mart parking lot. Several phone calls to seller resulted in no answer. Over the weeks the price fell from $600 to $400. I decided it was time to get a hold of the seller anyway I could. One lucky day he answered the phone and the story behind the car was strange. He worked at the local Lincoln dealer. The Caddy was a trade-in he purchased. There were no whell covers on the car but the tires were near new radial white walls. In the glove box were the keys AND the title. (CA) I started the car and it ran horribly. In the trunk were the four original hub caps. I offered $300 an drove it away. I cleaned the sparkplugs, fitted the wheel covers and found the vacuum line to the transmission control unit was not connected. A thorough cleaning and some spot lacquer to the side panels and I had a very nice car. I drove it for two years and traded it for a 58 Chevy step side pickup owned by the Cadillac dealer's son. Only drawback was no A/C in So Cal. Would definitely buy another one.

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The 1961 DeVille landed in upstate NY and is turning heads after it’s winter storage. It has been detailed from “stem-to-stern”, it will remain a survivor and is living a pampered life as it should!