November 30, 2020

The Car History of Alex Beloff III

THE 1967 CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE WAS AN ENTIRELY NEW CAR.  IT WAS THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LARGEST CUBIC INCH DISPLACEMENT ENGINE IN AMERICAN HISTORY TO THAT POINT.  IT WAS THE MASSIVE 472 CUBIC INCH CADILLAC V-8 THAT BY 1970 WAS RATED AT 375 HP.  ACCELERATION WAS ALMOST NECK SNAPPING WITH THE IMPROVED TURBO HYDRAMATIC.   MANY PEOPLE WERE QUITE SURPRISED WHEN THEY WOULD PULL UP NEXT TO ONE AT A STOPLIGHT AND AGITATE THE CADILLAC DRIVER TO RACE.  THE CADILLAC WOULD BLOW YOUR DOORS OFF.  IT’S BRAKING AND ITS POWER STEERING, SUSPENSION COMPONENTS WERE ALL STATE OF THE ART WHICH MEANT EFFORTLESS CONFIDENT DRIVING EVEN FOR THE SMALLEST PETITE WOMAN DRIVER.  THEY LOVED IT.  YOU COULD SEE ALL FOUR FENDERS AND IT FILLED THE DRIVER WITH A SENSE OF PRIDE MATCHED BY NO OTHER CAR.

WHEN ONE BECAME AVAILABLE TO ME IN PERRYSBURG OHIO, I BOUGHT IT.  IT NEEDED MECHANICAL WORK EASILY PERFORMED BY ANY COMPETENT TECHNICIAN.  MY DAD HAD BEEN USING A PRIVATE CITIZEN WHO HAD A GLOWING REPUTATION FOR REPAIRING CARS OUT OF HIS GARAGE.  I TOO USED HIM FOR THE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS ON THIS SEDAN DEVILLE.  PROBLEM, THE CAR TO MOST PEOPLE IN THIS BODY STYLE AND COLOR WAS EXTREMELY HO-HUM.  IT JUST DID NOT POSSESS THAT INCREDIBLE FIRST IMAGE OF “I JUST HAVE TO HAVE THIS CAR.”

FINALLY A GENTLEMAN WAS INTERESTED IN IT APPRECIATING ITS OUTSTANDING CONDITION AND MANY OBVIOUS YEARS LEFT IN IT OF MOTORING JOY.  I SOLD IT AND WAS GLAD TO GET THE MONEY AND STAYED AWAY FROM CADILLACS OF THAT DESCRIPTION.

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THAT MY LIGHT METALLIC GOLD WHITE TOP 1967 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD BROUGHAM WITH THE FOLD DOWN DESK PADS IN BACK SEAT HAD TREMENDOUS CURB APPEAL, UNIQUENESS AND THE LIGHT EXPENSIVE GOLD BROCADE INTERIOR TRIM.  IT REEKED WITH ROYALTY AND ELEGANCE.  IT WAS COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE OF THIS DARK BLUE 1967.

BE CAREFUL OF THE CARS YOU STICK YOUR NECK OUT FOR EVEN THOUGH MY EXPERIENCED JUDGMENT WAS A PLUS.  WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT THE POTENTIAL CUSTOMER THINKS OF IT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY  –  WHAT THEY WILL PAY FOR IT!

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