All Full-size Cars had Automatic Transmissions

Standard equipment included power brakes, power steering, automatic transmission, dual back-up lamps, windshield wipers, two-speed wipers, wheel discs, outside rearview mirror, vanity mirror and oil filter. Standard equipment included back-up lights, turn signals, and automatic transmission. Once again, Caprices held such luxuries as courtesy and ashtray lights, an electric clock, and a front center armrest — plus fancier seats and door panels. Caprices displayed new rectangular headlights and triple-unit wraparound taillights, while Impalas used four round headlights. Caprices also had carpeted lower door panels, simulated woodgrain accents, and extra sound insulation. For 1957, a tubular X-frame without side rails was adopted, which Cadillac claimed resulted in lower body without a loss of usable space and increased torsional strength. The Series 62 included a lower sleeker body, a new cellular grille insert, and inverted gull wing front bumpers and tapered dagmar style bumper guards. The Series 62 was identifiable by its straight body rub moldings, running from front wheel opening to back bumpers, with crest medallions below the spear. Also included in the production Eldorado convertible were monogram plates on the doors, wire wheels, and custom interior trimmings with the Cadillac crest embossed on the seat bolsters.

A crest medallion was seen on the forward angled rear fins. An Eldorado-style wraparound windshield was seen on all models. Coupe de Ville script was seen on rear corner pillars of the luxury hardtop, which also had wider sill moldings. In May 1964, still early in the 1967 program, Boyer’s crew worked up a full-size rendering of “their” Thunderbird as a four-door hardtop, with short rear doors, wide rear roof pillars and “black cherry” paintwork. Its influence is there to see in the 1967 Thunderbird; in the concealed headlights, in the blade-like thrust of the front fenders, in the roofline that fades into the trunk and quarter panel, in the wide-open wheel flares. The latter surrendered the unique, blind-quarter roofline it had worn in 1966 and now frankly looked a little awkward, as the smooth new body lines left no logical break point for the vinyl covering. The hardtop Sport Sedan had a huge, pillar-free back window, allowing for scads of headroom beneath its slender “flying wing” roofline.

Sedan de Ville Park Avenue sold even fewer, 4,175 (out of 150,882 De Villes). The Coupe de Ville was joined by the Series 62 Sedan de Ville, Cadillac’s first standard production 4-door hardtop. Series 62 bodystyles were identified by non louvered rear fenders, the use of thin bright metal underscores on the bottom rear of the cars only and the decoration of both hood and deck lid with Cadillac crests and V- shaped ornaments. A vertically ribbed rear beauty panel appeared on the Type C Deck lid latch panel. But on the Thunderbird, a section of the roof’s broad sail panel extended into what would have been window area and opened with the door, creating an even more close-coupled appearance. Against this aging Thunderbird, General Motors deployed a totally restyled and re-engineered Toronado and Riviera. One day Bordinat brought Lee Iacocca (then general manager of Ford Division) in to see it. A renewed interest in safety brought pliable rubber grab handles, recessed sun visors, and even shoulder belts, one year ahead of federal mandate.

One final note: While most composite decking manufacturers offer warranties on their products, the warranty will be void if the installation does not precisely follow the manufacturer’s directions, because a bad installation can result in a degraded, unsafe deck. Some preservatives, like zinc borate, can remain active in composite decking for more than 20 years. Styling changes to the 1969 Chevrolet Impala and other full-size Chevys gave the line a bigger, more imposing look. A wide ventilator intake was now stretched across the base of the windshield on all body styles and the chrome visored headlamp look was emphasized. All of this aimed to give Chevy buyers a “one-of-a-kind” taste of Cadillac’s look and ride. For the first time, buyers could choose a bench seat in a Thunderbird. Thunderbird frames started upside-down along an all-new frame line; suspension parts were lowered onto them. Full-size cars rode a new radial-tuned suspension and steel-belted radial tires. Rubberized front and rear coil springs replaced the trouble prone air suspension system.

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