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YAK Car Pic of the Day

A couple of weeks ago in this space you saw a pretty sad-looking ’69 Caddy. A few days ago I spotted this much healthier-looking 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in North Tonawanda. The 1970 models were merely a freshening-up of the ’69s, as General Motors was pretty much in a two-to-three-year styling cycle back then, unlike today where the cars remain the same for years and years. And just to prove that a total restyle wasn’t always necessary to spur sales, the 1970 models outsold the 1969s. Money well-spent, GM stylists.

Fleetwood 75 brochure art. My kids used to call limos “long cars.” I guess they are.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Beautiful Caddy.  I believe 70 was the last year before they GM switched to gradually less powerful engines due to various pollution controls and fuel economy modifications. 

    Interesting to probably nobody other than me that the Fleetwood in the brochure art is parked in front of the Houston TX skyline.  I work on the 6th floor of the Bob Lanier Public Works building, the one with the black and tan vertical lines directly above the Fleetwood’s driver seat.  Fitting, as I can’t think of a car that embodied East Texas at that time better than a late 60s Caddy.  

    • Geoff, so that’s YOU I see looking out that window! 

      Ironic you should work in the Bob Lanier building, with YAK being headquartered here in Buffalo, the hometown of the great NBA player/coach of the same name.