Thursday, May 04, 2023

Automotif CCCLXIII...

Here's a 1976 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in Georgian Silver Metallic. The '76 model year of the de Ville was the apex of big Caddies until the arrival of the Escalade some twenty-three years later.

It cast a shadow nineteen and a quarter feet long (you might notice it's longer than the parking space), tipped the scales at two and a half tons, and was wafted down the interstate by a 500 cubic inch V-8 that, with optional fuel injection, put out 215 SAE net horsepower.

The next model year was most of a foot shorter, four inches narrower, and nearly a thousand pounds lighter. The engine went on a diet, too, with a new 425cid mill that used smaller bores and the same stroke, and a lightened block that shed a hundred pounds of weight.