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1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille

This remarkable 1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille was parked in the neighborhood—with a for sale sign. The asking price of $6,200 (o.b.o.) seems reasonable considering it is advertised as having just 45,000 original miles. It’s not Concours quality but it appears to be a genuine survivor.


1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille

For a car that seemed larger than life when I was a kid, it comes across as much more trim now. This, of course, was the first model year of the DeVille’s major downsizing. The Coupe deVille had dropped 839 pounds from the comparable 1976 model.


1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille

Overall length was 221.2 inches, down 9.5 inches from 1976. The wheelbase too was shorter, at 121.5 inches, a reduction of 8.5 inches.


1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille

The raised, center hood taper was an elegant contrast to the otherwise linear design. It also was a convincing method to differentiate the DeVille from its C-body brethren. (For 1977, DeVille was spelled with a capital “D” only when referring to the entire line.)


1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille

Oh how I love cornering lamps. Every car I drew, as a kid, had cornering lamps. Although, stylistically, these were relatively simple rectangles, combined with the headlights they appeared like light cubes. Besides, they ostensibly signified status and did pamper the driver (similar to European headlight washers). From 1977 to 1979 the front stayed largely the same for DeVille.


1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille

You can easily identify a 1977 DeVille from the rear because it is the only year during this generation that had these taillights. Typically thought of as an Eldorado signature, they are not dissimilar from those found on the 1969 DeVille.


1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille

Another feature this car has that used to really spur my imagination is the exterior opera lighting. I can’t think of a single functional purpose behind them but boy did they convey prestige back in the day.


1977 Cadillac Coupe deVille

If I had the money and the space, I’d have investigated this further. The only thing I don’t care for is the red interior; never was a fan.