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An American Icon: The Coupe DeVille

The Coupe DeVille was introduced by Cadillac late in the 1949 model year as part of the Series 62 line. It was a pillarless two door convertible hardtop that had leather interior, power windows and chrome bows in the headliner to simulate the ribs of a convertible top.

The DeVille was an option package for the Series 62, not a separate body style. For many years it was distinguished from the Series 62 by exterior trim script and luxury appointments such as hydraulic windows. In 1956 the Sedan DeVille, a four door pillarless sedan, was added to the series. In 1959 the DeVille became the Sub Series 6300 and a 6 window sedan was added. As before, they were distinguished from the Series 6200 by exterior trim and standard equipment such as power windows and seats. In 1961 a Town Sedan was added. A convertible joined the DeVille series in 1964 and as before the styling followed the Series 6200 with badging and interior features being the main differences.

Overall, the Coupe De Ville gets four out of five stars for reliability and parts/support. The car earns only three out of five stars for maintenance costs and market appeal. Good examples can fetch over over $30,000.  If you're willing to turn rust into gold, the bottom of the market is limitless.

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(Car summary courtesy of Sports Car Market magazine)

Jeff Walker

About Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker is a Classic Car Insurance Specialist and financial services professional; As the son of a Drag-Racer and auto restorer, he was born with a wrench in his hand and learned the trade at an early age. His specialty is 60’s and 70’s American Muscle but his mechanical ability has afforded him the opportunity to work on all types of cars from Alfa-Romeos to Gullwings and everything in-between. Jeff is also a motorcycle fanatic and maintains his own stable of classic & collectible bikes. He is happiest when a car or motorcycle project is underway in his garage.

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