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As some of you have recently read I just added another Cadillac to my fleet. I really didn't need it b/c I don't have room for it. I've come to the conclusion that something has to go. So here are my choices...
1. Sell the 80 FWB Coupe D'elegance that is all original with 73K miles and needs nothing mechanically or cosmetically. The con being that with under 1000 of these produced, i'll probably never find another like it down the road.

2. Sell the 91 Brougham 5.7 that I just bought and have wanted for several years. With 56K miles and Diplomat Blue...chances are it's going to be hard to find another one down the road in it's condition + I know the car is only going to appreciate over time.

3. Sell the 78 FWB that is probably the least valueable in the fleet but has eaten the better half of $14,000 and is pretty close to perfect + it's extremely sentimental to me as i've had it an unpresidented 5 years and has been to hell and back with me. I swore since day 1 that I would never sell this car.

Does anybody have advice????:hmm:
 

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Pictures might help...



Picture it with wire wheels and the fillers fixed like it sits now...
 

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That is something that only you could decide.

Really, cause blue book dosn't mean anything, demand dosn't mean anything etc....

Heck to the majority of the public, all those are just "old gas guzzling cars"

But I know exactly how hard it is, they are all soo similay, yet so much different. Personally, when I had my '93 Coupe DeVille, I was NEVER going to sell that, but it was stolen from me...... same with my '79 Sedan DeVille d'Elegance, that was an awesome car, and at times I did want to sell it.... but I could never bring myself to, and I know I would just have a really hard time letting it go..... it was involved in a heavy wreck though, and I basically had no choice.

Now I am in the same situation with my '89 Fleetwood Brougham, though the more I fix it up, the more I apperciate it, and now I am really starting to like it (again) I guess its just when I got it, it was really a mess and I had alot of things going on at the time etc...)

But to answer your question... well, like I said, its up to you.

If I personally had to pick 2 of your 3 cars, solely based on the pictures you posted and the brief details, I would take the '91 and the '80.... cause... well, the '91 would be a great daily driver, and the 350 Broughams are cool, plus it has the "newest" version of the age old interior (I like the digital stuff) and the '80 is a really cool classic, 2-door, even tho its a 368, still a big block Caddy etc.... To me, the '78 kinda tries to be both, and honestly, it dosn't (visually) appeal to me as much as the other 2, from the pictures you've posted......

But like you said, the '78 holds alot of sentamental value to you, and thats where it becomes your decsion. You said you've put $14,000 into it? Sorry to say, but you will never get that back if you sell it, that car would bring in maybe $4,000 tops..... so you would be loosing alot of money on it.

Basically, if you could, keep them all and hold off on getting any other new cars soon unless you really need a different type of vehicle (pickup/minivan etc...)
 

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That is something that only you could decide.


But like you said, the '78 holds alot of sentamental value to you, and thats where it becomes your decsion. You said you've put $14,000 into it? Sorry to say, but you will never get that back if you sell it, that car would bring in maybe $4,000 tops..... so you would be loosing alot of money on it.

Basically, if you could, keep them all and hold off on getting any other new cars soon unless you really need a different type of vehicle (pickup/minivan etc...)

Yeah...The 78 is not going to bring much $...but I did get a $6000 offer from a guy last year, so it would be close to half of what I got in it. On the other hand...I have 2 pretty new cars (06 V6 Tacoma 4x4 & 07 M45) so I won't be adding anything else to the stable unless another uber-rare Cad comes along (LOL). I'd like to keep them all but I would have to impose on my friends to find a parking spot.
I talked it over with a close friend and we agreed that financially it would make the most sense to nix the 78...it's just gonna be tough.
 

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I was thinking the same thing you just cant get rid of the coupe i know its tough but that 1980 fleetwood is a caddy mans dream and it would be a regrettable decision if you decided to get rid if her if ya sell the 78 take them rims and tires off her and toss em on the fleetwood.....
 

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Sell the rice, or buy/build a garage. I couldn't let any of those Caddies go.
LOL...Would love to but just not practical. The rice cruises me down the highway at 100 + mph every day. The Caddies would fall apart in a week if I treated them like I do the rice.
 

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Sell the 80 FWB Coupe to me, jk i wish i had the money but im only a freshman in college, someday hopefully
 

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The '80 is pretty rare, and I like the '77-'79 styling much better than '80-92, so I'd take the wire wheels off the '91, put them on the '80, and sell the '91. Tough choice regardless.
 

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Hmmm....Well either way it's gonna be tough. BTW all the Cadillacs have wires on them. I just don't have any new pics of the 80 yet.
 

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LOL...Would love to but just not practical. The rice cruises me down the highway at 100 + mph every day. The Caddies would fall apart in a week if I treated them like I do the rice.
Seriously? With proper maintenance, these cars will withstand almost anything. Even if something goes, parts are cheap ... way cheaper than new car payments.

Just something to think about.
 

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Seriously? With proper maintenance, these cars will withstand almost anything. Even if something goes, parts are cheap ... way cheaper than new car payments.

Just something to think about.
Believe me I have. You would have to drive with me to understand. I drive the two new cars like they're stolen (over curbs/into oncoming traffic/well over 100mph on a daily basis). I just wouldn't expose the Caddies to that type of abuse. As a multiple car owner yourself i'm sure you know what I mean...You probably don't drive the 76 or 79 the way you would the 00 or 05
 

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Seriously? With proper maintenance, these cars will withstand almost anything.
If anyone thinks this is a false statement, I've got an '89 Fleetwood Brougham that is a perfect example!

Anyway, the only thing that woudln't like these Caddys going 100mph would be the driver, not the car.... the car would guzzle gas at that speed (no matter which engine it has) and handling would be.... fun.... been there, done that :) But.... they do it, smoothly and as a Cadillac should :)
 

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IF any one of the three just had to go, it would have to be the 91. The 78 is just too nice to cut loose and the 80, as you said, is so rare you'll likely never find another. Of course, you could always sell the wife (and her car).....j/k ;)
 

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If anyone thinks this is a false statement, I've got an '89 Fleetwood Brougham that is a perfect example!

...and handling would be.... fun.... been there, done that :) But.... they do it, smoothly and as a Cadillac should :)
Yeah so have I. My 78 does it with ease but I feel like i'm playing russian roulette at that speed.:bonkers:

Of course, you could always sell the wife (and her car).....j/k ;)
That's an idea...Actually it would be great if the wife would drive one of the Caddys. But "it's too big" and in the snow...enough said.
 

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Surprisingly, I found my '79 really liked to cruise at 75-80mph.... between 60-70, gas mileage was better, but it would tend to wander and weave a bit, 75-80... dunno, things just aligned or something and it would cruise like no other.... even with the 3spd, RPM was right around 2,300 or so, so it wasn't too bad...

Fuel mileage would suffer, I *could* get it to achieve 16/17mph highway at a steady boring 55-60mph, at 75-80 it would be around 14... which is kinda what it always was... 13-14mpg, weather around town or on the highway, I did kinda drive with a heavy foot tho... but I figured for that it was, the engine and what it was doing, thats fine... there are people out there with new Nissan Xterras getting 14mpg (thats what they get) so I didn't feel bad... plus I paid $300 for the car and it was $12/month to insure... I really couldn't start complaining about fuel mileage :)

Taking it on the trip form NY to FL, 1,300miles in 2 days, was one of the most awesome things I could have done in that car.... to this day it is simply THE best highway car I've ever ridden in, or drove... I simply can't explain it... it was just the best, my '89 Fleetwood Brougham, and my '96 Town Car can not compare to that car let free on the open road.... I haven't driven other '79's to compare, I'm sure the extra comfy d'Elegance seats had something to do with it... but that was about as good as it gets.
 

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Like others have said, it would be best to keep them all.

My gut tells me you'd really regret parting with the '78. You will have dreams about that car if you were to sell it, and you will genuinely miss it. (I still pine for the '79 Fleetwood Brougham I once owned - and really regret parting with her.)

The coupe is indeed a rare prize, but after it's all said and done, I'd Keep the '78 and the '91. Your cherry '91 Diplomat Blue Brougham is phenomenal through-and-through; plus, with wire wheels - forget about it. Moreover, I think you'd like the practicality of keeping sedans.

Regardless, given your history with and attachment to the '78, don't part with it. I think you would really regret letting it go. Not an easy decision, by any means.

I really admire all of your outstanding Cadillacs - they are great representation of some of Cadillac's best design and automotive artistry.
 

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I just think that its neat how each car is so different, yet they are all the same... all the same chassis....

There were 3 major body styles of this generation, '77-'79, '80-'89 and '90-'92.... and hes got one of each.... 2 different versions of the big block Cadillacs, and a Chevy 350, from the hi-beam indicator in the shape of a crest and floor mounted dimmer on the '78 to the digital dashboard and composite headlights of the '92.... 4-door and 2..... these cars so so different... but all the same.... its really quite awesome!
 
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