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Long Shots: 1963 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

LongRoofian June 17, 2015 All Things Hoon 15 Comments


So it was a whiles back this olelongrooffan ventured over to historic Mount Dora, Florida to check out the Antique Automobile Club of America local show at the Lakeside Inn. It was there a bunch of cool ass crap was spotted and this olelongrooffan is extremely delinquent in sharing with my fellow Hoons. Good things come to those who wait and all that. Anyways, as I was traversing the Withlacoochee State Forest on the way home, Mother Nature hollered at me so I decided to stop and have a chat. In the meantime, this ole bouldvard cruiser was spotted and of course the rules for Redusernab Long Shots required this olelongrooffan to gather up a few images to share.


Yes, this is a sweet old ride. Back in the mid 90’s my pop, TheGentlemanFarmer, had a peach colored Coupe deVille of this same vintage. I am not sure as to whether this one was attending that same car show some 100 miles away but it would have looked right at place hanging on the lawns there overlooking Lake Harris with all the other vintage hardware.


And this mile long Sedan looked “Pressed Tight” as nephew theKid used to say. By The Way, theKid is now serving in the US Army and is home on leave. Damn, that little Kid has gone and gotten all growed up and buff would be an understatement. As he is in between Korea and Alaska this leave, he wants to do all of the old school stuff he used to do as a youngster so we will be heading to the Coke Zero 400 in just a few weeks with those Hot Passes. Can’t Wait. And regardless of your politics, thejeepjunkie and this olelongrooffan are sure proud of that Kid.


And the interior of this ride is pert near perfect. That pencil thin steering wheel matching that pencil thin gear selector are just over the top. And with a factory AM radio to boot. While that radio may be within reach of Mama to adjust the stations, there is no way she is gonna have anything to do with the temperature inside this old sedan!


Yeah, just a fine ride all the way around and this old Sedan deVille is one this olelongrooffan wouldn’t mind having in my livery. The length of the roof be damned.


Oops. This one is for another post. BTW, can any of my fellow Hoons identify the car in this image? I spotted it passing down a country road at about 30 miles per hour and had to grab this image just to share.

Images Copyright Redusernab 2015/longrooffan

  • That car in the brush looks like a ’57 Oldsmobile.

    • hubba

      AFAIK, that’s the only year for the three-piece rear window.

    • longrooffan

      Of course…you would recognize this….when on a subsequent trip pointing out this siting to my sister in law, yeah, thebarngoddess, she told me I need a life. On general purposes, I tend to disagree.

  • tonyola

    The Caddy is a ’64, not a ’63. Here is a ’63 for comparison.

    • longrooffan

      Dammit!! No amount of google foo would get me the correct rendition and as I only saw my Pop’s a time or two, I plead ignorance. As always, thanks for setting me straight, tonyola. And great to see you around these here parts again.

  • stigshift

    Beat me to it tonyola! This is a twin to my dearly missed Bahama Sand ’63. Mine was a Series 62, not a DeVille. I will always miss that car…

    • stigshift

      The ’63 used a one year only 390 cubic inch engine, that became the 429 in ’64 through ’67.

      • dukeisduke

        A one-year-only 390? The 390 was also used in the ’59.

        • dukeisduke

          Okay, now I get it. The ’63 got the redesigned V8, with the distributor moved to the front (the most recognizable change), but the displacement stayed at 390 cubic inches, being enlarged to 429 for ’64.

          • stigshift

            Sorry I didn’t see your post until now. Glad you figured it out!

  • Mr. Ollivander

    I was thinking 58 Chevy for the bottom image.

  • dukeisduke

    I noticed a couple of details. In the third picture, see the lens in the vertical trim in the fender, above the headlights? The sensor (phototube) for the Guide Matic automatic headlight dimming is behind it. I don’t imagine it worked as well as the earlier phototube on the dash, or the later ones mounted behind the grille.

    The grille on the dash pad about the speedometer contains the sensor for the automatic climate control.

    • tonyola

      My dad’s ’63 Lincoln had the automatic dimmer with a dash-top phototube. It never really worked that well even at that location – usually either staying bright too long or dimming at the wrong time. It was adjustable but that didn’t help much.

      • dukeisduke

        Ford started buying Autronic Eye units from Delco for Lincoln starting in ’57, because they had trouble with their own in ’56 (which I assume would have been made by Philco). In ’64 they started showing up on Ford and Mercury cars:

    • stigshift

      Good eye, dukeisduke. I missed the Guide-Matic lens. My ’65 SDV had it, and it worked as well as it could have ever. It flashed on and off when going around a notorious corner wrapped with reflective arrow signs. It wouldn’t dim when approaching cars without a good chrome bumper from behind. It worked very well on lightly traveled roads with oncoming traffic and no bright town lights.

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