1953 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine ** Good Shape** on 2040-cars
Carroll, Iowa, United States
For Sale By:Private Seller
Trim: Fleetwood Limousine
Power Options: Power Windows
Drive Type: rear wheel
Disability Equipped: No
Exterior Color: Blue
Number of Doors: 4
Interior Color: Blue
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Number of Cylinders: 8
Condition: Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections. ...
I have a very solid 1953 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine for sale. The 331 V-8 runs well and sounds good. The previous owner rebuilt the engine about 5 years ago. I don't have the specifics on the rebuild. The trans does slip severly in forward gear. Reverse works fine. The power steering and brakes are good. The miles are 63,396. This one came from dry Montana and has a really solid body and undercarriage. The bumpers were rechromed some years ago but still shine well. Both front door glasses have cracks but don't leak. The rest of the glass is good. The paint is the correct code 9 which is Cobalt Blue. A rare color for a Limo. The clear coat is peeling in many places. The interior is also the original colors of 2-tone blue cloth. Much of the interior has been redone in the correct patterns. The headliner is very good. The seats are nice. The carpet is worn. The door panels were also redone. The front door panels have a speaker hole in them to accept modern speakers. The previous owner installed a modern sound system with hardware in the trunk. There is a remote for the system included. I have only played the new-style radio and it works fine. The power windows are not currently working. It has a decent set of correct '53 Cad hubcaps on it. This one does have the original jump seats in the rear.
This 1953 Cadillac Limo needs a few things but is a good one to restore! I had a local "old-time" mechanic estimate $700-800 to redo the forward band/rebuild the trans. Then paint it and you're driving down the road in true style. The interior is already pretty nice as-is. A dark blue 1953 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine would be a very impressive car to drive and ride in!!
Please feel free to ask any questions. In-person inspection is encouraged. Sold as-is.
Cadillac Fleetwood for Sale
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Cadillac's new President Johan de Nysschen has faced a fair amount of criticism since assuming his position at the head of the American luxury manufacturer. From the company's move to New York City to a controversial new naming scheme, the first few months of his tenure have not been smooth sailing. Now, the embattled exec is firing back against his critics, notably Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, in a new column running in AN.
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 18:28:00 EST
De Nysschen countered Crain's claim that the move to the Big Apple, "can only mean that someone wants to live in New York."
"The relocation decision is entirely unrelated to the personal living preferences of any Cadillac executive. No corporation would tolerate such indulgence by its leadership," de Nysschen wrote. "It is about structurally entrenching a challenge to the status quo by reinforcing the psychological and physical separation in business philosophy between the mainstream brands and GM's luxury brand."
The Dodge Dart, Cadillac XTS and Lincoln MKS all failed to earn a "Recommended" rating from Consumer Reports. When it came to the compact Dart, the organization's testers thought the vehicle offered a quiet cabin, solid-feeling chassis and nimble suspension, but the new model ultimately fell short of the coveted rating due to powertrain issues. The institute's reviewers found the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to be underpowered and noted "drivability issues" when the available turbocharged 1.4-liter four was paired with the optional dual-clutch transmission (some of our editors disliked it paired with the six-speed manual). CR also dinged the latter powerplant for sounding "raspy." For what it's worth, we think the forced-induction engine offers an excellent and playful exhaust note, but that's just us.
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As for the XTS, CR lauded the car for its luxurious cabin, but the vehicle's experience was dulled by its finicky CUE infotainment interface. Overall, the big Cadillac scored much higher than its cross-town rival from Lincoln. While testers found the American luxury sedan to offer a quiet ride and quality fit and finish, they felt the MKS delivered a "cramped driving position, ungainly handling, uncomposed ride, and limited visibility." Ouch. At the end of the day, both cars fell short of rivals from Japan, Germany and Korea. Check out the full press release below with more details, along with CR's musings on the Chevrolet Spark and Lexus ES.
Compact luxury sedans are fast becoming the trend among upscale automakers. Mercedes has the new CLA (and its many platform-mates), BMW has the 1 Series and 2 Series, Audi has the A3 and, though Lexus apparently isn't interested in anything smaller than its CT 200h, Infiniti is getting in on the action with a compact model of its own. It would only follow logically, then, that Cadillac should launch a competitor, and according to the latest reports, that's just what it has in store.
Speaking with Car and Driver, Cadillac marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus confirmed that such a project is in the works. But unlike its rivals, Cadillac aims to go with a rear-wheel-drive layout. This despite research that apparently indicates that a surprising 80 percent of owners think that their BMW 1 Series is front-drive. It's the driving dynamics and styling proportions that motivate Ellinghaus and his colleagues to stick with rear-drive, however.
The new model would in all likelihood be based on the same GM Alpha architecture that underpins the ATS and CTS - a platform that has helped Cadillac keep the weight down on both models and which is expected to underpin the next-generation Chevy Camaro, as well. The sub-ATS could be positioned as a four-door 2+2, however, as the ATS grows a little larger in its next iteration in order to make room for its new baby brother.