Wheels in the Grass
by Jim Corbran - posted 6:31 pm, July 26, 2010
Many people, when they think “Cadillac,” think “Coupe DeVille.” And that’s probably because the DeVilles were Cadillac’s biggest seller. Back in 1969 Cadillac sold over 163,000 DeVilles: two- and four-door hardtops, convertibles, and four-door sedans. But there was also an “entry-level” Cadillac, if you will: the Calais, which was available in two- and four-door hardtops only. It undersold similar DeVille models by under $300, and only around 12,000 Calais models were produced that year. This particular 1969 Calais four-door was seen recently on the side of the road down in the Chautauqua County town of Busti, N.Y.
With a list price of $5,660 you could have bought one new for about $1.22 per pound. A new 1969 Crown Imperial was going for $1.23 per pound, while the four-door Lincoln Continental that year would have set you back $1.21 per pound. How’s that for competitive pricing!
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know