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)
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