: 1961 Fleetwood Black

07-24-07, 01:03 AM
i recently purechesed from an easte a 1961 fleetwood...there is only one emblem to show that this indeed a fleetwood ....but upon seaching the internet for similar cars i notice there is a diffret rear window style that suggests this is a deville and not a fleetwood

what were specific to fleetwoods and not to devills in this time period?

07-24-07, 04:56 PM
Search "1961 Deville" and "1961 Fleetwood" using google images. I just spent some time looking, and found lots of shots. It looks like the roof line can be different on the Devilles depending on if it is coupe or sedan. That might be the issue why yours looks like a deville. If you run the VIN, you can probably figure out what model it is. Post it here, and I am sure someone can tell you. There is likely a different digit in the VIN for Devilles and Fleets.:thumbsup:

07-24-07, 11:18 PM
My Coupe has the body name plate under the hood, on the drivers side up close to the firewall. My manual says it would be found "...attached to the top surface of the shroud at the left, under the hood, near the cowl." Maybe yours is the same. My style number is 69-68347, which means I have a 1969 Coupe DeVille. Yours might say 61-XXXXX. If it was a '69 Fleetwood Brougham, it would say 69-68169, for example, but I don't think the last five digits would be the same for your year. If you post up your numbers, maybe someone else can decode it for you. (The guy that I bought my Coupe DeVille from told me it was a Fleetwood. I think he thought it was a Fleetwood because of the tag on the door sill says "Interior by Fleetwood, Body by Fisher" He even gave me a handful of Fleetwood badges that he was gonna put on it, I guess.)

07-25-07, 12:30 AM
The easiest way to tell is that a 1961 Fleetwood is a pillared sedan (i.e., it has a "B" pillar) and is always a four-window car with a thicker "C" pillar than seen on a DeVille or Series 62 sedan. On the body plate, it should say 61-6039 for the body style, and the serial number should begin with 61M for a Fleetwood. Hope this helps. Congrats on you new purchase, and happy motoring!


07-25-07, 11:35 PM
There were two roof styles on the 59, 60, and 61 Caddies. One was a flat (pancake) style that had more of a vertical rear window.

The other was a slopped roof with a sloping rear window. All large GM products had similar roofs for those 3 years.

Hope this helps???