Cadillac or competing brand model ? Why ? Discussion, 1975 battle of the luxury compacts in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Seville $12,479 180 hp, 0-60 mph 11.5 Vs BMW 530i $9,187 176 hp, 0-60 mph 8.7 seconds. The start of ...
Automobile(s): 1995 ETC, 75 Deville, Cad500 powered 73 Apollo, 94 Mark VIII
Re: 1975 battle of the luxury compacts
Those were MUCH better than the bustleback of the early 80s. The Sevilles are hardly a compact, though I never expected a 5 series to be that tiny. I don't care if it cost less, my 75 Deville is more comfortable and rides nicer. Plus the extra 150ci over Sevilles 350 makes it .6 seconds faster as well.
That BMW was probably the better driving car, but the Seville looks alot classier. Its a toss-up there. Really depends what you want out of the car. Back then Cadillac was justified in its higher pricetag as well, one look and you can tell from a distance the Seville is the more luxurious ride. Take for example the wire wheels. Those werent the cheap Wire wheel COVERS that became commonplace on Caprice's and Cadillacs in the 80's, but rather genuine FULL wire wheels, and those wheels were NOT cheap to produce either. If I could find a Seville that still looked like that, Id snap it up in an instant, that car would get more attention than most of the ones Ive driven so far.
On length the Seville was 206 in long Vs 190 inches for the 5 series, also 4,300 lbs Vs 3,300 lbs for weight. Both rear drive so it's a better comparison than with the front drive bustleback.
I can't work out why the Seville was more expensive than the full size models? My choice would be Deville 1st, BMW 2nd and Seville 3rd. I figure if you want luxury you might as well go full size, for sport the 530i and you even get four on the floor. The Seville always struck me as an uneasy compromise.
Ha, ha, that's what cars looked like 30 years ago. Those were the days of the Mazda RX4 and Datsun B210.
I think Seville and 5 series were chosen by R&T in their 10 best cars of 1975. The original Seville being Nova based wasn't really big enough to be classed a true intermediate. Cadillac maybe went in the wrong direction with the bustleback because by the 90s they were targeting the Northstar Seville at BMW. If only they stuck with rear drive.