1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. How about a '67 '66 Cadillac convertible as a company car?

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Yes, this Cad should be tax-deductible, because it serves as a realtor's work vehicle. She bought it in rough shape and is still in the process of getting it fully restored, but it starts, stops, turns, and looks good doing it. It sure makes a better impression than, say, a Camry or Explorer. Hmmmm… my Sprite could be considered a "work vehicle" as well! I'm sure the IRS would be very understanding about that concept.

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In 1967, a car buyer wishing to roll in top-down Cadillac style had to hand over $5,608 (around 36 grand in today's dollars) to the dealer man. For that price, you got power everything, cigarette lighters all over the place, and a super-smooth, 340-horsepower Cadillac 429. For about the same money, you could have purchased a brand-new Mercedes-Benz 250S, or a Jaguar XK-E roadster. Tough choice!

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Sorry for the deluge of commentary, I just love these cars....

The rotary knob over there on the left of the steering wheel, under the heater vent...no A/C on this beast...that's where you set your cruise control speed. Nice big 'on/off' switch, which can be left 'on' all the time, as it fookin' should be, and the set button was likely in the end of the turn-signal stalk.

It was cool to turn on the CC, dial in a speed of say 75 MPH, from a current speed of 50, and feel the rush of torque deliver you to long-distance road trip heaven. Piloting a living room, with the sofa-like bench seat and handling to match. Notice both the ignition switch and the radio could use remote controls....

However, someone needs to inform real-estate homegirl this machine is in DIRE need of a replacement horn pad. Oh, and take it to The Guy and have the instrument cluster plastic cleaned/polished. Cloudy = sad

I hope the tilt steering still works. Don't think this one had the telescoping feature, but you could get it in '73. Nice.

Multiple redundant horn buttons, FTW!