Cadillac DeVille Origins
The Coupe DeVille was introduced in 1949 as a luxury coupe in the Cadillac Series 62 line. It immediately became a head-turner within the American motor market. The name, de ville, is a French term meaning "of the town," and that is precisely what the design team at Cadillac hoped to offer when it began production of the Cadillac Sedan DeVille 10 years later.
The Cadillac Sedan DeVille enjoyed its first year of production in 1959. This first generation would be produced for two years. Marked by unmistakable tail fins, the car was often referred to as a boat, and to this day it still looks somewhat like it was created in the lost city of Atlantis and driven from the depths of the sea. The first generation offered two-door and four-door options.
Over the years, the Cadillac DeVille experienced continuous changes and redesigns on the foundation of a classic. The motto "of the town," never changed, though the cities and towns that the DeVille was placed in certainly did. Cadillac adapted to changes in drivers' tastes and surrounding motor trends, presenting eight generations of the DeVille, including two-door and four-door sedans as well as coupes and convertibles. In 2006, the DeVille platform effectively became the Cadillac DTS.About the Cadillac DeVille
The Cadillac DeVille was marked with signature style in the late 1950s, flaunting high tail fins and duel bullet taillights. As the years passed, tail fins remained an aspect of the design scheme, yet they never again approached the distinctive heights of the original 1959 Sedan DeVille. The Cadillac Sedan and Coupe DeVille remained a key aspect of popular culture and enjoyed resurgence when the popular TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard, captivated viewers. Boss Hogg, the lovable nemesis of the Duke boys, travelled in the seaworthy 1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Convertible. Cadillac DeVille sedans and coupes have been seen in numerous TV shows and feature films, to the point where they have almost become characters in their own right.Modern Cadillac DeVilles
The eighth and final generation of the Cadillac DeVille was rolled out from 2000 to 2005. The 2005 sedan boasts the well-respected Northstar V-8 technology, capable of impressive power for the nearly two-ton luxury sedan. The DHS and Base model trim packages present drivers with an impressive 275 horsepower from the LD8, 4.6-liter V-8—more than ample power for a luxury sedan. The DeVille Livery Fleet Sedan and DTS package enjoy an additional 15 horses from the 4.6-liter, L37 V-8. All four performance and trim options operate with four speeds.
All in all, the 2005 DeVille serves as a competitive option to the full-size sedans imported from Europe and Japan, especially for consumers inclined toward American-made options. The agility associated with the eighth generation of the DeVille was considered impressive and apt to task when considering the size and class of the car. Even with its full-size sedan classification, fuel economy within the Northstar V-8 was a modest 15/22 mpg city/highway.
The 2005 Cadillac DeVille is offered in 10 colors, with four options for the interior. The 18-gallon fuel tank makes the 2005 DeVille an excellent choice for touring, as well as an appropriate choice for a daily commuter. The 17-inch, chrome-alloy wheels look sharp and offer excellent maneuverability and braking performance when mounted with the recommended 225/60R-series tires.
The spacious interior gives plenty of room for up to five passengers, who can customize comfort levels with the Three Zone climate control. The Bose Premium eight-speaker stereo system is a music lover's delight, and in terms of available technology, navigation is optional and OnStar communications come standard.
Safety features on the 2005 Cadillac DeVille include four-wheel, anti-lock brakes; ventilated front and rear disc brakes; dual front- and side-mounted airbags; five safety restraint head rests; traction control; and dusk-sensing headlights, just to name a few.
2005 pre-owned options can now easily be found for less than $10,000.Cadillac DeVille Evolution
The long, illustrious history of the Cadillac DeVille makes it a sought-after ride among younger drivers, as well as those old enough to remember the cars when they were first put on display at local Cadillac and GM dealerships.
The first generation, from 1959 to 1960, laid a foundation and framework from which Cadillac could continue to work and redesign for the next 60-plus years. This classic is a cornerstone of any auto show, and many have been restored to competition quality. Others can be seen as daily drives—a true testament to the Cadillac quality.
The subsequent generations continued the DeVille's timeless design: the second generation from 1961 to 1964; the third generation from 1965 to 1970, offering the first convertible DeVille; the fourth generation from 1971 to 1976; the fifth generation from 1977 to 1984; the sixth generation from 1985 to 1993; the seventh generation from 1994 to 1999; and the eighth generation from 2000 to 2005.