: Curb weight: 1968 vs. 1996

04-12-07, 09:26 PM
Been looking into getting a lift in the garage to store my cars. Bit of online research told me the following:

68 sedan de ville weighs 4700lbs
96 roadmaster weighs 4600lbs

This surprised me. Caddy is longer and wider, and all the steel and glass seems much thicker. Not to mention the big block 472.

How could this be only 100lbs? You guys think these figures are correct?

Old Fleetwood
04-12-07, 10:11 PM
We drove this road before on this board and had quite a tussle.
Before you believe the "published" figures and buy a lift, I strongly suggest you drive your vehicle(s) to a local weigh station and actually MEASURE them. I have been meaning to but still haven't done it and can't believe my 1995 FWB is under 4,500 lbs when I had a 1967 Plymouth Fury II with 383 4bbl which I weighed and it went closer to 4,800 on a city scale.

04-13-07, 08:08 AM
The Fleetwoods are listed as 4458 actually. Reasons for a difference between modern and classic cars... Electronics, sound proofing, safety features, difference in structure above the beltline, safety glass, etc. Additionally, with the last Fleetwoods and Roadmasters, he engine isn't a lightweight. That's a cast iron from top to bottom.

04-13-07, 10:32 AM
yeah i agree with Shadow. its probably because of all the "rich people features"

04-13-07, 02:22 PM
Yup, it's the little things that add up, like a few pounds per speaker, the ABS module, the electronic antenna mast, quickly become hundreds of pounds.

04-13-07, 03:36 PM
Definately find a scale (truck stop, recycling center, etc)

My '70 SDV weighs in around 5200#, IIRC. Can't see it being more than a few hundered from the weight of a '68.

04-13-07, 08:17 PM
I can't believe my (fairly) large '92 deVille weighs in at only 3591 lbs! That's nothing considering how large it is!