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RouseSport have produced a range of custom and tuning parts for Cadillac Calais and Cadillac Coupe deVille models which have the Cadillac 429 V8 engine and were built between 1965 and 1968.

Cadillac De Ville

Model history

The Coupe de Ville was introduced by Cadillac late in the 1949 model year.. Part of the Cadillac Series 62 line, it was a closed, two-door coupe, Cadillac's first pillarless hardtop. Intended as a prestige model, at $3,497 it was one of the most expensive models of the Series 62 line. It was luxuriously trimmed, with leather upholstery and chrome 'bows' in the headliner to simulate the ribs of a convertible top. The first-year Coupe de Ville sold 2,150 units, but 1950 sales were more than double, and 1951 more than doubled those of the previous year. By 1961 it was one of the company's most popular models, with annual sales above 20,000.

Cadillac de Ville nomenclature always followed a tradition: Two doors with steel roofs were always Coupe de Ville, four doors were always Sedan de Ville until the elimination of two door models, and convertibles were Series 62s, as they were neither a coupe, nor a sedan by design.

Further, from the beginning and for many years, de Ville denoted an option package on the basic car (called Series 62, later Calais), not the body style. In other words, a four-door Cadillac might not be a Sedan de Ville, and in which case it would not have such lettering on the flanks of the car.

The Calais was a full-size luxury car made by Cadillac from 1965 to 1976. For 1965, Cadillac renamed the entry-level Series 62 the Calais, after the French town and resort. It was available as a 2- or 4-door hardtop as well as a "formal-roof" 4-door sedan, which was a hybrid with frameless, hardtop-like windows, but with a pillar between them. With the exception of having no convertible, the Calais mirrored the slightly more expensive and well-equipped de Ville.

The primary differences between the Calais and the de Ville were trim levels and standard equipment. While the de Ville was delivered with such amenities as power windows and 2-way power seats as standard equipment, hand-cranked windows were standard on the Calais.

Leather seating areas and vinyl roof trim were available on the de Ville, but never on the Calais (although a high-grade vinyl-and-cloth was). Another item not available on the Calais was the Cadillac-exclusive "firemist" paint, an extra-cost metallic paint.

 

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