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Wheels in the Grass

1969 Cadillac Calais, Busti, N.Y.

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

'69 Cadillac Calais brochure art