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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, White...or Blue? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Final mechanicals have been completed on my '69 FWB, and now it's time to begin the long-awaited paint and body ...
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    White...or Blue?

    Final mechanicals have been completed on my '69 FWB, and now it's time to begin the long-awaited paint and body work. The car will remain 1969 color 26--Athenian Blue. The decision is about the vinyl top. The car currently has a white top in an incorrect grain and seam pattern. The combination with the blue is striking, but it's not a standard factory choice on this model for this year. My car originally had a blue top, according to the body data plate (the other standard factory choice with Athenian Blue is black----blech!)

    So, I'd welcome opinions. Blue, or white? Here's some pics to give you an idea of what the car would look like either way.



    This is a 1970 model, but you get the idea. Blue is a lot easier to care for, but it does make the car look very formal. Then again, it is a formal car.



    This is my car as she is now. The white makes the car look smaller IMO, but also "happier". White's a bitch to keep looking good, though.

    So, fellow forum denizens, what shall it be? Blue? Or White?

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    Blue. Go original.

    Plus, as you said, it's a hell of a lot easier to care for.

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    I'd say blue. BTW, nice 69. My 69 Calais is the same color, but the paint isn't nearly as nice as yours. I will be respraying it this spring, but don't think I will keep it athena blue. I wanna go lighter, like a saphire fire mist or whatever.

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    The blue is beautiful! The white would be nice if the windows weren't tinted and it had a white interior. Then you'd have to sell it to me!!

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    LOL Dave! Well, windows definitely won't be tinted, but white would require going to leather, which would mean a whole new seat pattern. I'm really enjoying rockin' the cloth interior. Never had one before. All my cars have had leather before this one.

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    A Cadillac sedan doesn't look good unless it's wearing formal colors.

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    A Cadillac sedan doesn't look good unless it's wearing tropical colors.
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    Re: White...or Blue?

    Quote Originally Posted by 77CDV View Post
    LOL Dave! Well, windows definitely won't be tinted, but white would require going to leather, which would mean a whole new seat pattern. I'm really enjoying rockin' the cloth interior. Never had one before. All my cars have had leather before this one.
    Triple blue will be sexy. So you have cloth?! What does it look like? I really like the cloth on the Fleetwood Brougham pictured in the 1969 Cadillac brochure. Does yours look like that?? I love totally love your car and I can't wait to see it with the new vinyl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro-Ham View Post
    A Cadillac sedan doesn't look good unless it's wearing tropical colors.
    Would you trust a man in a white suit... or a canary yellow, crushed velvet suit for that matter.

    A Fleetwood always has to look like it going to a funeral; just like a bank manager or a corporate president. The Sedan de Ville is a little less formal, so yeah you could go more "tropical;" business casual if you will. There's nothing formal about a Coupe de Ville or an Eldorado, so upscale party colors are applicable.

    Contrasting colors generally look better on Coupes, but looking back on it; it wouldn't be so bad to have a contrast top on a Fleetwood. I personally would go with more of a softer "off" white or a light tan. Harsh contrasts can detract from the overall beauty of the vehicle because they draw too much attention.

    -And that's Sven's guide to fashion and automobiles-

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bro-Ham View Post
    Triple blue will be sexy. So you have cloth?! What does it look like? I really like the cloth on the Fleetwood Brougham pictured in the 1969 Cadillac brochure. Does yours look like that?? I love totally love your car and I can't wait to see it with the new vinyl!
    No, I have the all-cloth interior in the fabric pictured for the Sixty Special in the catalogue. It's a really nice fabric, very soft to the touch, and I love the pique stitch embroidery on the cushions. It's a very formal car, but it's also really awesome. She's gonna be stunning when she's all finished.
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    Oh Boy! I love the interior you're talking about too! That is soooo cool! One of my all time favorite Cadillacs - the 69 FWBH! Do you have a picture of the interior? I can't wait to see your progress!

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    Quote Originally Posted by sven914 View Post
    Would you trust a man in a white suit... or a canary yellow, crushed velvet suit for that matter.

    A Fleetwood always has to look like it going to a funeral; just like a bank manager or a corporate president. The Sedan de Ville is a little less formal, so yeah you could go more "tropical;" business casual if you will. There's nothing formal about a Coupe de Ville or an Eldorado, so upscale party colors are applicable.

    Contrasting colors generally look better on Coupes, but looking back on it; it wouldn't be so bad to have a contrast top on a Fleetwood. I personally would go with more of a softer "off" white or a light tan. Harsh contrasts can detract from the overall beauty of the vehicle because they draw too much attention.

    -And that's Sven's guide to fashion and automobiles-
    Sven, If you can't show up at a formal event in a bright colored luxo-boat car then you're not LIVING! You may as well go to a funeral..

    Wait until you see the professional cars I have in mind for my funeral business when it opens in the coming years - they will knock your socks off! THERE WILL BE YELLOW! Well, maybe not yellow but something memorable and different!

    Fleetwoods + Lively colors = FUN! I'll take a triple white, triple yellow, red/white/white, any kind of teal or aqua - especially with a white interior.

    Blue jeans to tuxedo a Cadillac of any flavor can do it all!

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    Your wish is my command.







    All this will have to be redone, because the weatherstripping is gone and over time, water has damaged the fabric. In general, the car was severely neglected for many years before I bought it. Restoration has been and will be very expensive. Mechanically, the car is done. Everything is working as it should. The body work will be the real killer, because there's so much rust and body rot from the car's former life in Wisconsin. The body guy who's going to do the work flat out asked if I was sure I wanted to do this. LOL! In for a penny, in for a pound!

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    My retired business partner once told me: "Dave, learn to live with a little imperfection in your life!" Oh how true it is! I like your interior! It's whole and whatever damage you see (or imagine? ) adds nice character to the battle scars of life on the road and in the garage that your car has lived. I know you live in California, where natural hard earned grit is airbrushed in favor of the idyllic optimal artificiality of the endless chase to ageless perfection, so I know you know how it will look right to you. All part of the fun and you have to do what makes you smile

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    Re: White...or Blue?

    Yeah, hard call to make here. They both look pretty good overall. I would personally like the darker color better, but that's my personality. (No, not Goth; just like my cars to be darker.)

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