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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, What was the Phaeton? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Okay. I had a 1979 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Phaeton a number of years back. It was sort of a rust ...
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    What was the Phaeton?

    Okay. I had a 1979 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Phaeton a number of years back. It was sort of a rust color. Ran great.. What was with that Phaeton stuff? Was it just a special top? It had some sort of cloth top... Anybody familiar with these things? I wish I had pictures...
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    pha·e·ton
    n.
    1. A light, four-wheeled open carriage, usually drawn by a pair of horses.

    2. A touring car.

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    A Google search reveals this and this.

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    from the little i know, the old, 1920s, Phaetons were big touring cars, the back seats were seprate from the front, it had its own windshild and instraments so the pasengers could see what the car was doing.

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    It was a cloth covered roof with special mouldings, wire wheel discs (other optional wheels were available, at added cost) and special paint colors (Except for the white color choice). $2,031.00 Etra when new. It came out mid-year, for the Spring Selling Season. But, I think your car was a 1980, not a '79.
    The car came in Platinum Silver, White, Western Saddle (Yours) and Sandstone Beige. The Beige & Saddle had Dark Chocolate tops, the Silver had a black top & theWhite had a Dark Blue top.

    EDIT:- Okay, I checked the files. The Sandstone Beige, was a "Pull-Ahead" color, meaning that it was an early release of a 1980 color, for this Special Edition. Most of the ones around here were the beige, and I knew that was an '80 color, Checking, I see the car was a 1979.

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    Re: What was the Phaeton?

    Quote Originally Posted by the Sandman
    A Google search reveals this and this.
    I looked at those links, and the dark blue top looks a lot like the one on my 92 Eldo. I guess mine in called a carriage top though. Funny.

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    Re: What was the Phaeton?

    Until now, I had never seen a Phaeton in any other color than this rust brown pictured on Andrew's page:


    The main thing I could see different was the imitation convertible top. I like 'em a lot, and a '79 CDV would be my first choice if I were in the market for an old Caddy to restore. (Of course, I'd still love a '96 Fleetwood, but the ones I've seen don't need restoring.)

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    Re: What was the Phaeton?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elvis
    Until now, I had never seen a Phaeton in any other color than this rust brown pictured on Andrew's page:


    The main thing I could see different was the imitation convertible top. I like 'em a lot, and a '79 CDV would be my first choice if I were in the market for an old Caddy to restore. (Of course, I'd still love a '96 Fleetwood, but the ones I've seen don't need restoring.)
    Wow. I'm in love with this Phaeton coupe!

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    Re: What was the Phaeton?

    Thanks for all the replies.. That rust-color was mine. Western Saddle, I guess.. I wish I still had that car - it WAS really nice...
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    DeVillish is right about the original Phaetons. I guess Caddy dug up the old designation to use on a newer Caddy 'cause they figured no one would know what a Phaeton was anyway.

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    Re: What was the Phaeton?

    Another interesting thing to add, some people say "FEE-ton" and some say "FAY-tahn."

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    Wanna see a Phaeton in a movie?

    Watch the Goodfellas ! Near the end of the movie
    the character Ray Leotta (spl) plays is driving a copper/brown
    2 door one like the pic above when he gets busted by the cops!..............geo

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    Re: What was the Phaeton?

    I had forgotten all about that!

    He keeps looking up at the sky throught the windshield because the helicopters are circling like buzzards over his house.

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