1969 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, With Bonus Cadillac PollS

1969 was a great year for Cadillac sales (and 1970 was better still), so it's no surprise that we're now looking at the third '69 Cadillac in this series. That's as good a reason as any to have a poll to determine the readers' favorite street-parked Alameda Cad on this fine Friday morning. I found this '69 parked just down the street from the Checker Marathon, and it has the look of a low-mileage original-owner car: solid, some rough spots but overall pretty nice. This may well be one of those old cars that only rarely ventures off the island.

1969 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, With Bonus Cadillac PollS


High sales figures or not, at $5,924 the '69 Sedan de Ville wasn't cheap. In fact, for just $3,776 the big-car buyer could pick up a '69 Impala sedan with the 425-horse 427 and 4-speed manual transmission. So let's say it's 1969, you're an up-and-coming strip-club owner in Dallas, and you're car shopping. Do you get the Cadillac with 375 horsepower or the cheaper Impala with 425 horsepower and a 4-speed? Which one will most impress your wide-lapel-wearing, cigar-chewing peers?

1969 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, With Bonus Cadillac PollS


Such tough decisions we face! This car appears to have the original paint, which shows some- but not all- of its 39 years.

1969 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, With Bonus Cadillac PollS


I've driven a few Cadillacs of this era, and they really do move pretty well in spite of their vast bulk. At 4,660 pounds, however, the '69 Sedan de Ville is a lightweight next to most of the SUVs used for edge-city commutes these days. In fact, this car scales in at just 1,000 pounds heavier than a 2008 Mustang; about the weight difference between the 1978 and 2008 Honda Civics.

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