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In 1972, my dad bought a new Cadillac Coupe de Ville with factory 8-track tape player. The demonstration tape provided by General Motors was a Roger Whittaker album. My parents loved cruising in that living room on wheels with Roger serenading them. RIP Roger Below are two photos I still have  of my dad's white Caddy. I wish I had the car!

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3 hours ago, Kirk said:

Only a slight tangent, but my folks had a '72 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. Biggest back seat in America! Great drive-in movie car back then.

The biggest of the big, the 1976 Brougham with 500 cubic inch V-8, biggest passenger car engine ever made. The 1972 had the venerable 472 cu.in., but in greatly reduced power after GM detuned all of their engines for emissions compliance. 

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5 hours ago, Batman said:

The biggest of the big, the 1976 Brougham with 500 cubic inch V-8, biggest passenger car engine ever made. The 1972 had the venerable 472 cu.in., but in greatly reduced power after GM detuned all of their engines for emissions compliance. 

You know your Caddy's. We had a '53 Coupe de Ville, a '60 Sedan de Ville, and the '72 Fleetwood Brougham. All great cars.

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6 hours ago, Kirk said:

You know your Caddy's. We had a '53 Coupe de Ville, a '60 Sedan de Ville, and the '72 Fleetwood Brougham. All great cars.

Trivia: Before the producers of the 1966 Batman TV series had Chuck Barris modify the Ford Futura into the iconic Batmobile, they had originally signed with a customizer to make the Batmobile using a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, but production got pushed forward several months and the Caddy wasn't near ready, so Barris delivered the Futura Batmobile in time for the start of filming. 

Trivia: Most powerful Cadillac engine was the 1969 472. In 1970 they used the same engine, but reduced the compression ratio from 10.5:1 to 10.0:1. Those engines had 525 ft/lbs of torque at 3,000 rpm, enabling the heavy duty TurboHydraMatic trans to launch those nearly 5,000 pounds of steel off the line like a rocket. Better times, sigh.😪

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7 hours ago, Kirk said:

My bad! Ours was a '69...my Dad bought it in '72! We used to tow a ski boat behind it and you never knew it was there...

Heavy American steel pushed by a powerful cast-iron V-8. That ski boat felt like a feather as far as the '69 was concerned! 

PS - Tell my good buddy Reid hello for me. He always speaks highly of you.

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