1978 Cadillac Coupe De Ville


  • Imported 2015 with one registered keeper since
  • 7litre L33 model with factory upgrades
  • Can be sold with 12 months MOT if required
  • Factory standard car in great colour scheme 
  • Solid and very usable low mileage example 
  • Extensive maintenance records 

The Appeal 

Whether you’re here for Donnie Brasco or for a love of big, smooth coupes, lets all take a moment to drink this Caddy in. It is a magnificent slice of Americana and one of the last of Detroit’s classic era cars. 
This 1978 Coupe De Ville is all that and more. Imported to the UK by the seller in 2015, it has the big 425CI 7litre L33 motor and some choice factory options including wires and cabriolet roof. Beyond the acres of white paintwork and shiny chrome lies a sumptuous burgundy leather interior, all pleasingly original. 
The enthusiast vendor has maintained the car regardless of expense but used it sparingly, storing it in an air conditioned unit when not on the road. It looks usable and solid and can be sold with 12 months MOT if the buyer requires. Motoring doesn’t get much bigger or more evocative than this. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in the UK on 1st August 2015 
  • VIN records confirm this is a 1978 Coupe De Ville with the L33 425CI engine 
  • Imported by vendor from the USA
  • One registered keeper since arriving in the UK 
  • Vendor tells us the car has been maintained regardless of cost 
  • Stored in an air conditioned unit when not in use 
  • Little used and largely stored for last three years
  • Fitted with optional Cabriolet roof and wire wheels 
  • Last MOT expired on 19th December 2019 with no advisories and 84,561 miles on test 
  • MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt 
  • Vendor has offered to provide 12 months MOT if the buyer requires 

The Condition

  • Solid and very presentable car in original colour combination 
  • Light marks to note in photographs but do not detract from condition or appearance
  • Underside solid with no issues to report or structural advisories on last MOT 
  • White paintwork with factory correct fittings including optional cabriolet roof 
  • Good chromework and lights across car
  • Chrome wire wheels with standard bolted fittings 
  • Burgundy leather interior showing only light wear and very smart and presentable 
  • Very original interior with later sound system fitted
  • Also fitted with aftermarket cruise control system 
  • Veneer-effect trims complete and undamaged and in good order
  • Cadillac embossed burgundy mats 
  • Space saver steel spare in boot 

The Mechanics 

  • 7litre 425CI Cadillac L33 V8 engine developing 175bhp 
  • Four barrel carburettor model 
  • 3spd automatic gearbox with column shift 
  • Vendor tells us the car runs sweetly and silently 
  • Significant ongoing maintenance by vendor as required 
  • He described the mechanicals as ‘superb’ 

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We request that a non-refundable fee  be paid if you are the lucky winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted Please refer to our helpful FAQs and T&Cs for specific rates. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1978
  • Make Cadillac
  • Model Coupe De Ville
  • Colour White
  • Mileage 87,768 Miles
  • Engine size 7000
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Southend-on-Sea
  • County Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
10 Bids from 5 bidders
  • Ri•••• £4,500 18/07/24
  • Re•••• £3,700 18/07/24
  • Ri•••• £3,500 17/07/24
  • sa•••• £3,100 17/07/24
  • Ri•••• £3,000 17/07/24
  • sa•••• £1,900 16/07/24
  • Ri•••• £1,750 16/07/24
  • sa•••• £1,600 14/07/24
  • Sa•••• £1,500 11/07/24
  • Co•••• £1,000 11/07/24

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