I am selling a 1974 Fleetwood that I believe is the Brougham Series 60 model. The car was willed to me by my grandfather, who was a Cadillac mechanic for his entire career after returning home from WWII. First the facts:
Car runs great, and starts on the second crank. That may be operator error more than anything since I don’t have a ton of experience with carbureted cars.
Approx 74,900 miles. Car has been garaged for all its life as far as I know. My grandfather would keep it garaged and on blocks in the winter as he lived in the snowbelt, and I’ve kept it garaged since receiving it in 2008 and take it out for the occasional weekend drive.
Tires have plenty of wear left and look to be in good shape. They were on the car when I got it, but look relatively recent.
Paint and body are in very good shape. There are a couple of scratches but no rust through, and you can still see your reflection in the paint. Vinyl top is in great shape. No tears or rips, and color is pretty consistent. Only notable body “problem area” is that the plastic above the rear bumper (pictured), which seems to have rotted and cracked.
Interior has all the power features and all work well (more than I thought would have been around in 1974), including: power locks, power driver seat, power windows, cruise, power antenna, rear defog, climate control, mirrors, etc. The AC does not seem to be working very well (blows but not very cold) although I’ve only tried using it once or twice. The clock inside also doesn’t work, although I don’t ever recall it working when my grandfather had the car. Upholstery and carpeting are in excellent shape. No tears or rips, and the dash and plastics are all intact and look great. Steering wheel has the fake wood “sticker” peeling off, but that’s about the only thing wrong inside.
A bit of history on the car:
As I mentioned, this was my grandfather’s “Special Occasion” car for as long as I can remember. When visiting them in Erie, PA, it was always a special treat when grandpa would take me out in “Big Blue.” They car would also come when my grandparents would visit us in the summer, making the 10 hour drive. I remember eagerly waiting to see “Big Blue” rounding the corner since we’d only see them once or twice a year and it was always a special occasion.
I remember him putting on one of his old mechanic’s shirts (the kind with your name printed on the shirt) and working on the car sometimes when we’d visit, or seeing some of the old Cadillac memorabilia he had in his garage.
When he passed, he left the car to me, and I’ve been able to enjoy the occasional Sunday drive with my own family. It’s too large to park at our house, so we had to get a special garage to store it in, and with two young kids born since I received the car, I’m just not using it. I’m posting it here in the hopes that a Caddy enthusiast can get “Big Blue” out and about, and enjoy the car rather than me keeping it locked up in a garage.
I’m happy to supply any information I can on the car, and it’s got a clean SC title that’s “in hand” and ready to transfer. I’m also happy to help you with logistics on transporting the car, and can turn the vehicle over to a transporter you arrange at a mutually convenient time, or meet you somewhere near Charlotte, NC to transfer the car. It’s road worthy and runs great so you can drive it away if you live in the area. Let me know if you have any questions, and pictures will be posted/linked shortly.