1967 Cadillac - Another Success
The year 1967 was the third successful year of sales and record production for Cadillac. During this year, Cadillac's standards were high once again with an extensive restyling of the new models. Letís take a look at the models for this year and what buyers could expect in a Cadillac luxury car.
1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Series
The most luxurious series of the 1967 Cadillac was the Fleetwood. This series included the Sixty Special Sedan, the Brougham, the Eldorado, the Seventy-Five Sedan, and Limousine.
Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan
The 1967 Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan, with a 133-inch wheelbase, offered new styling and beauty with a choice of sixteen exterior colors and five optional Firemist finishes. Not to mention, there were twenty-one interior choices of leather and cloth, leather, or cloth. Other features included a long and bold rear design, a forward-sweeping grille, and flowing side contours. Power-operated vent windows and a wide fold-down center arm rest in the front and rear were also included.
1967 Fleetwood Brougham
The Fleetwood Brougham was distinguished by the Brougham script, wreath and crest on the stylish padded roof, along with the new rear design that had sleek horizontal lines framed by a unique taillight assembly. The Brougham model was offered in 21 choices of cloth and leather, cloth, or leather. Exclusive features of the Fleetwood Brougham were two individual swivel type reading lamps for rear seat passengers, folding rear compartment footrests, and two fold-down vanity trays on the front seat-back.
1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Sedan and Limousine
The most completely equipped Cadillac luxury motor car was the Fleetwood Seventy-Five Sedan and Limousine. With a 149.8-inch wheelbase and 244.5-inch length, this luxurious Cadillac seated nine passengers with full-width folding auxiliary seats for three in the rear. Five exclusive interior selections were available. The Limousine chauffeur rode in style with the leather-upholstered driver compartment and glass-partition.
1967 Cadillac Eldorado
The five-passenger Eldorado was known as the "World's Finest Luxury Car." It had a spectacular hood and rear deck styling, beautiful roof lines, and luxurious interiors. All passengers had plenty of leg room and rode in comfort with the unique ventilation system that provided a draft-free flow of air throughout the entire car.
The Eldorado had a 429-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a compression ratio of 10.5:1. The bore and stroke was 4.13 inches by 4.0 inches. The engine had 480 foot-pounds of torque and was built on a 120-inch wheelbase.
1967 Cadillac De Ville Series The most popular of all Cadillac series was the De Ville with a wide choice of models, which included the Sedan, the Coupe, the Hardtop Sedan, and the Convertible. A choice of nineteen interiors in leather or cloth and leather, along with two cloth and perforated leather patterns were available with the Coupe de Ville. Optional for the De Ville were bucket or leather bench seats.
With the bench seat, there was a choice of thirteen leather interiors. With the bucket seat option, there was a choice of four leather interiors. Available for the Sedan de Ville interior were seventeen leather or cloth and leather choices. The Hardtop Sedan de Ville interior was offered with a choice of nineteen leather or cloth and leather along with two bucket seat options. 1967 Cadillac Calais Series Models for the Calais series were the Coupe, the Sedan, and the Hardtop Sedan with each being identified with both the Cadillac and Calais scripts. Calais models were stylish and considered a wise investment for car buyers. The V-8 engine on the Calais had a displacement of 429 cubic inches, a bore and stroke of 4.13 inches by 4.00 inches, a compression ratio of 10.5:1, and a brake horsepower of 340 @ 4600 RPM.
Featured on the Calais series were a forward-sweeping grille framed by vertical twin headlights and dramatic taillight styling. There were eight interior selections in cloth and vinyl combinations or all vinyl with the leather look. For the exterior, there was a choice of sixteen standard and five optional Firemist colors. Standard Equipment and Safety Features The 1967 Cadillac offered major standard equipment and many safety features with each model. Standard equipment included the Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, Cadillac dual power brakes, a Cadillac heater and defroster, and Cadillac power steering.
One safety feature was the energy-absorbing steering column, which was designed to compress on impact and was standard on regular steering wheels and optional on Tilt and Telescope steering wheels. The instrument panel was redesigned to reduce glare, and the sun visors were softly padded.
A great safety feature for the owner with small children was the front and rear door handles that were inoperative with passenger-guard door lock buttons. Standard front and rear seat belts were retractable on the outboard sides, and center seat belts were provided with anchors. The front seats automatically locked in place and could only be released by individual manual pushbutton controls.
The triple braking system on the Cadillac kept front or rear brakes individually operative if one pair failed. If either system malfunctioned, a warning light came on. Every time the car was reversed, the brakes would self-adjust. Special Conveniences Offered by Cadillac Buyers benefited from Cadillacís many convenience features, some at an extra cost in addition to the standard equipment. Just a few of these features were the Tilt and Telescope steering wheel, which adjusted in four directions, automatic climate control that could automatically maintain a pre-selected temperature, automatic level control (standard for Fleetwood models), and cruise control, which allowed the driver to maintain a desired speed without using the accelerator.
Other convenience items on the Cadillac were adjustable front seat headrests for bucket and bench seats, six-way power seat control, an AM-FM radio, a remote control trunk lock, a rear window defogger, controlled differential, a front seat warmer that was electrically heated, Soft Ray glass, and a Guide-Matic power headlamp dimmer.
With the dramatic new styling and extra features offered on the new 1967 Cadillac, the consumer got excited when they saw these cars pass by and even more excited when they owned one. Cadillac admirers today still love to see all the luxurious features in classic models at museums or car shows.