1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine.
This unusual and extremely rare limousine is a 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Formal Landau Limousine. Most people ask, "What color is that?" It is Empire Maroon with a dark brown landau top. Yes, these were standard Cadillac colors in 1969!
This limousine is a formal limousine with the divider between the chauffeur's compartment and the passengers. The chauffeur's compartment is upholstered in black with black leather seating. The passenger compartment is upholstered in flax-colored Dubonnet (dew-bon-A) cloth and has every amenity that one would expect in a Cadillac limousine of the 1960s including rear heating and air conditioning, auxiliary jump seats, foot rests, a power glass divider window, controls for the AM radio, ceiling-mounted flood lights, and door locking controls.
The entire Cadillac line was restyled in 1969 with a crisp, squared-off profile. For the first time in five years, the headlights were horizontal rather than vertical. The horizontal headlight "tradition" continued from 1969 to the end of the 1980s!
One obvious difference between this automobile and other limousines is the special Landau Roof option with closed upper rear roof quarters and heavily-padded and hand-fitted vinyl top. This was an expensive option in 1969 adding $2,131 to the price of the car. This car also has the optional landau bows and the small frenched rear window. Next to the landau bows is a simple plaque. One word says it all, "FLEETWOOD."
This car served the Dale Schmidt family and funeral home in Nazareth & Wind Gap, Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1990 as a family limousine and pallbearer limousine. In February 1999, the car appeared in an online auction and, at the close of bidding, the car was mine. I am the second owner of the car.
Exclusive and Elusive.
In 1969, only 1,156 Fleetwood Limousines were produced. The number produced with this special roof treatment, however, is not known. We believe that fewer than 12 were produced though. The Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine was the most expensive American made car that you could buy and also the largest and heaviest. The retail price of this 5,555 pound behemoth in 1969 was a staggering $13,675. That's almost $89,000 in 2016 dollars! Only the richest of the rich could afford the most exclusive American limousine.
Jimi Hendrix, the greatest guitarist of his time, had a 1969 Cadillac formal landau limousine, just like this one, only in silver. Unfortunately, he didn't have much time to enjoy it since he died in September 1970.
Cadillac Limousines were crafted in-house by Cadillac until the mid-1980s at Fleetwood Plant 21 in Detroit, MI. Lincoln limousines of that era were converted from sedans, usually by the Lehmann-Peterson Company of Chicago.
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