For $18,000, This 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Castilian Is A Big Deal

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

If you have a jones for both a brown '70s wagon, AND a Nimitz-class Cadillac then today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe coach-built wagon will totally float your boat. That is of course, if you can float its asking price.

The fabled Isle of Capri sits in the azure Tyrrhenian Sea, just off of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula. It's a very pretty place. In a somewhat ironic contrast, yesterday's 1972 Mercury Capri is located in Tampa, Florida. Ignominious as that locale may be, that didn't dissuade 55% of you from finding its price to be nice, and starting off our week with a win. Let's see if we can keep that record alive by staying in the '70s.


Ford's '70s Capri was at that time a Euro-sized rendition of the pony car, and in fact during the disco decade there was a lot of pseudo Euro influence arriving in American auto makers' product lines. Ford added blackout trim to their baroque boat the Granada and dubbed it the ESS (European Sport Sedan).

Cadillac went one step further and mid-decade debuted the Nova-based Seville, which took the brand into the premium mid-sized market where they sought to play with the likes of Mercedes and BMW.


Today it's almost impossible to discern the differences between U.S. models and their European brethren so we care little about these early attempts at Euro-trash, and instead gravitate to what we don't have any longer which is all-American boats like the seventies Fleetwood.

This 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood is not just freaking huge, it's also a custom wagon built by Traditional Coachworks of Chatsworth, California. Offered in 1975 and '76, the Castilian was built to high standards - Cadillac standards if you will. The massive, 133-inch wheelbase, 233-inch overall Castilian joined the Mirage pickup in Traditional Coachworks' custom lineup, and both were built in minuscule numbers.


The ad for this one claims that total number for the Castilian to be only 16, but there doesn't seem to be any consensus as to the accuracy of that. This one has been resprayed in a coat of metallic root beer and comes with a 5-star hotel lobby inside. Everything about it looks to be ship shape.


Power most likely comes from Cadillac's 500-cid V8 which at the time could manage 215-bhp and 400 lb-ft of torque. With that kind of push, this wagon won't be fast, but then slow going will allow passersby time to appreciate its extraordinary gravitas. The handling of Caddy's biggest car could be ponderous so perhaps keeping it under the posted limit would be warranted anyway.


If you were seeking something with such a unique and impressive presence, you could do far worse than this. Let's see then how you might fare when it comes to its price. The seller is asking $18,000 for this root beer float.

Now, it should be noted that one of these was auctioned off by the J.B. Nethercutt Collection in 2011 and that one went for $25,300, well above its $15K-$20K auction estimate.


Of course that was then and this is now, and what you now need to do is decide if this Castilian is worth that $18K. What do you say, does this fat lap of luxury warrant such an investment? Or, is this a boat that's sunk by its price?


You decide!


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