1980 Cadillac Limousine.
This limousine is sable black with a black elk-grain full vinyl roof, has dark blue ("heather," as Cadillac called it) velour upholstery with thick cut-pile carpeting, two auxillary or "jump" seats for a seating capacity of eight, Fleetwood wire wheel covers, automatic leveling control, six-way power adjustable front seat, electric door locks, power windows, reading lamps for rear seat passengers, rear climate and radio controls, and a working 8-track tape player. It is powered by Cadillac's 368 cubic inch V8 engine and has less than 70,000 miles on the odometer.
Formal vs. Informal.
In 1980, the Cadillac Fleetwood Limousines were either formal or informal. This car is an informal limousine because it does not have the glass divider between the driver and the rear seat passengers. No longer were these cars designated as Fleetwood Seventy-Five Limousines as they had been for a generation before; the prestigious Seventy-five name had been phased out and last used in 1976. The Seventy-Five name returned for a short time in the mid 1980s on the new, smaller front-wheel drive Cadillac limousines.
Welcome to the 1980s.
Fleetwood Limousine Brochure.
Cadillac entered the 1980s with a restyled line of cars. The 1980s models showed their true Cadillac heritage with the larger, V'd Cadillac grill, the continuation of the horizontal headlamps (used since 1969) and a revised rear bumper and deck face. There were many similarities to the previous 1977-1979 Cadillacs but the revisions for 1980 were aimed towards a larger and more bold look. The basic style of the car remained the same through the 1984 model year with very minor cosmetic changes each year. In fact it's difficult to tell one year from another.
Fellow PCS member Earl "Buck" Wendt, owner of Wendt Brothers Funeral Home of Moline, IL, purchased this car in 1982. They used the limousine as a family and pallbearer car until its retirement from daily funeral service in early summer 1999. It matched their 1980 Superior Cadillac Sovereign manual three-way hearse which was still in service at that time. I acquired the car from Wendt Funeral Home in July 1999.
Fleetwood Limousines like the 1980 were used extensively in Washington, DC, for heads of state, senators, and other dignitaries. In the late 1970s to late 1990s, one of these cars (black, of course) usually led the Presidential motorcade. You can view cars like this and other impressive Presidential limousines at www.PresidentialLimousines.com.
Even though this car is older than almost all other cars on the road today it is still a head-turner. Perhaps its because of the good condition of the car or maybe because of its sheer size, over 23 feet long and weighing about 4,630 pounds. You just don't see cars like this on the road today!