Classic Cadillac DeVille Convertible: Features, Specs, & Pricing

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The Cadillac DeVille Convertible was beautiful and is a lasting testament to the brand’s visionary approach to sublime luxury and prestige. On this page, we’ll go over some of the key milestones in the DeVille’s history as well as notable features and variants that have made it one of the most popular Cadillac nameplates ever. Here at Quantrell, your premier Cadillac dealer near Louisville, we pride ourselves on the kind of service that creates lasting relationships that continue across generations. As we look to the future with incredibly advanced new Cadillac vehicles, let’s pause for just a moment and take a trip down memory lane.

Near Louisville. Around Town. Perfect Anywhere

Let’s start our Cadillac DeVille Convertible journey at the beginning and touch on where the name “DeVille” comes from. In common French, de la ville, or simply de ville, refers to “the town” or “of the town.” The word coupe derives from the French verb “to cut,” which is couper. So when we stop and admire a Cadillac Coupe DeVille, we know that we are looking at the two-door version of a vehicle designed to make an appearance around town. And what an appearance they made! Let’s take a look at some notable milestones and features from the nameplate’s 55-year history:

  • The 1949 Cadillac Coupe DeVille debuts with pillarless entry/exit, curvaceous design cues, a telephone concealed in the glovebox, and a secretary station in the rear seat. The idea of an executive vehicle is born
  • 1956 saw the introduction of the Sedan DeVille
  • The 1959 Coupe DeVille is the model best-known for the pronounced tailfins and bulleted taillights
  • 1964 heralds the arrival of the Cadillac DeVille Convertible
  • 1968 opened the door to an infinite level of personalization with 147 upholstery choices, styling packages, a new 427 cu in V8, and cutting edge safety: front shoulder belts
  • 1970 was the last year for the Cadillac DeVille Convertible, and design was focused more on the bodywork
  • 1971–1976 DeVille’s are remembered for their tremendous hoods to which enthusiasts often attached steer horns. Wildly posh, these DeVilles also implemented enhanced safety and technology like a digital dash clock, fuel injection, energy-absorbing bumpers, panels, and even airbags
  • 1985 began to see a shrinking of the DeVille into what would inform the outgoing model’s silhouette
  • 2005 was the final year of the DeVille nameplate, and Cadillac saw to it that the legend went out with a bang. The DeVille was the first production automobile to implement night vision, LED lamps, and massage seating. The DeVille was replaced by the Cadillac DTS, which stood for DeVille Touring Sedan

Though there were many changes over the years, one thing remained constant: The DeVille nameplate was all about prestige. Gorgeous body lines, the latest technology, and limits pushed from every direction became profound brand values that Cadillac embraces to this day. Though the Cadillac Coupe DeVille is no longer in production, its lasting impact on the brand (and the automotive industry) is clear. Take one look at the superb luxury and bold styling found in the modern Cadillac XTS, the latest in the DeVille lineage, and you’ll see how bold styling has evolved since the beginning.

Cadillac DeVille Convertible FAQs

We’ve tried to touch on some of the highlights from this vehicle’s storied 55-year run. It would be impossible to cover all of the details, though we continue to field a lot of the same questions from enthusiasts time and again. Presented here are some of the most popular:

What replaced the Cadillac DeVille?

The Cadillac DeVille was replaced by the Cadillac DTS (the DeVille Touring Sedan) in 2005. The DTS was later superseded by the Cadillac XTS, built on the X-platform and designed for outstanding comfort and sport touring.

Is the Cadillac DeVille a good car?

They are great cars! Across the years, you’ll find impressive power and outlandish luxury options. Many years saw over 150 upholstery combinations and dozens of exterior styling packs. Many DeVilles have over 250,000 miles on them, while other museum-quality show cars have as little as 5,000 miles on them.

How much is a 1962 Cadillac DeVille?

Expensive in their day, the average retail on a ’62 was about $15k. Nowadays, Concours examples have traded hands at Hagerty’s at just over $31k.

The Standard of the World Is the Standard Near Louisville

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our historical overview of the Cadillac DeVille line. Fewer classics hold the same distinction as the Cadillac DeVille Convertible. When its name is uttered to even non-enthusiasts, an unmistakable image comes to mind. The Golden Age of the American Automobile is still ahead of us, and Cadillac will always be there to make sure American motorists can arrive in style while experiencing world-class comfort along the way. We encourage all enthusiasts to bring us your vintage Cadillac for an inspection and some special treatment. If you are looking to find another to add to your collection, check out our used Cadillac cars for sale. You’ll typically see the latest generation from your favorite marque, but from time to time, it’s not uncommon to see that long-awaited gem pop up. We’ll see you soon!

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