02-24-08, 03:48 PM
My name's Mark and I live in Leeds, UK.
I have a 1969 Cadillac Sedan Deville.
Car colour is Patina Silver with black vinyl roof and interior is Dark Mauve leather/Delphine cloth.
Have been reading your great forums for a while but thought I'd better register - not that many Caddy friends here in Northern England so need all the friends I can get!
I really enjoy driving my car but as I run it on leaded fuel (still available at very few places over here) I pay £1.50 per litre (around $13.50 per gallon ?!) it really is a weekend car......
Look forward to reading more on the forums.
Cheers - Mark
02-24-08, 03:56 PM
I was in Northern ireland recently and the gas prices are high but my understanding is the insurance is a bit high as well. Thought about moving out that way but figured I wouldn't be able to afford the insurance let alone the gas (CTS-V).
Great Forum and lots of good info.
02-24-08, 04:00 PM
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Welcome! Have any pictures of the Caddy?
02-24-08, 04:37 PM
Hope these pictures come out ok - tried to get them down to the allowed size !
Cheers - Mark
:welcome: Mark and thanks for signing up. That's a beautiful car you have! Thanks for sharing the pics. :cheers:
02-24-08, 05:27 PM
Welcome! sweet ride! That's what Cadillac is all about!
02-24-08, 06:07 PM
welcome to the forums! that is a NICE car, very nice!
02-24-08, 06:11 PM
beautiful car! and.......:welcome5:
Welcome the forum! Where did you find your SdeV? There must be a story there. From subscribing to various Brit classic car mags I know that there are "Yank Tank" clubs in the UK so you must have some company to commiserate on the cost of a Sunday drive. I used to occasionally drive a white with black top version of of your car, that belonged to an aunt and uncle, from LA to Pheonix and back ........ a job to which the car was eminently well suited. Long stretches of interstate where it soft ride and more than adequate heating and and air conditioning and large comfortable front seats could reall be appreciated. Knowing this vintage Cad's corners and tight spaces were not their friends. In the late sixties and seveties, as an Angeleno (Los Angeles resident) I drove mostly European cars ......gas wasn't the problem but twisting roads a and getting the car stopped were. BY this point, most young Californians, who could afford had opted out of of Detroit cars, leaving the Cad's and lincolns to their parents and grandparents! Should be a great picnic car in the UK; if it rains you've got plenty of room to picnic in the car! Best of luck and most of all have fun with your Cadillac!
02-25-08, 02:15 PM
Welcome to the forums !
You got a real gem ;)
02-25-08, 02:18 PM
Welcome to the forum! Nice ride :thumbsup:
02-25-08, 09:40 PM
^^ Bit slow there "Welcome Ambassador"... :D
02-26-08, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the very nice welcome messages everyone!
I'm looking forward to participating in the various forums when I can....
I bought the car from an American car specialist in Yorkshire where I live.
The vehicle documents say it was also in Yorkshire (Hull) with the previous owner too. There is still a window sticker on the front screen that looks like some kind of permit from Oklahoma (City) dated 1993 and I think the car was first registered over here in about 1996. It would be great if someone over there recognised this car as their old Caddy and could give me some kind of history but I guess that's hoping too much! The car is in very good condition underneath and so I'm hoping it was a dry state car for most of its life up to coming to the UK.
Right now I'm waiting to fit a new (old stock) water pump that I sourced from the USA ($25 to buy on Ebay then had it posted to my brother who lives in New York. It then cost $70 to have it sent over to the UK !!). A couple of weeks ago the bottom radiator hose sprung a leak and so I'm waiting for a new one to do that job too....
Otherwise the car is a lovely drive (a bit big for UK car parks though !) and we always get people honking their horns or waving when we go for a drive.
There's enough torque to pull a small house but so far I've managed to drive the car like a Cadillac should be driven but I guess at some time I'll be tempted to put my foot on the gas and shred some rubber!
Anyway, enough of me rambling on.
Cheers - Mark