Cadillac produced an estimated 200,000 cars in 1965, one of them being the iconic Cadillac that comes in a variety of models, including the Deville, the Eldorado, and the Fleetwood. Each of them has its own features so finding out more about them can help you decide which one you love best. Perhaps you’re a vintage car collector or you simply love driving a classic car.
Either way, the 1965 Cadillac is a premier option. It’s not so common to see on the roads anymore, but you can be sure there are collectors and sellers out there with one for you if you know where and how to look. The year 1965 was a stellar year for Cadillac as they rolled out a new model that year and made some changes that are iconic to the various models they sell. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about each.
While there were several options this year, there are some things about the 1965 Cadillac that was available on each of them. This year saw the Cadillac looking longer and lower than years previous with the fins planed flat. Also new in 1965, the Cadillac had straight back bumper and vertical lamp clusters. The headlights also switched from being horizontal to vertical on the 1965 Cadillac. This allowed for a wider grille in the front. This was also the year in which curved side windows appeared. The 1965 Cadillac retained its V8 engine, but was a bit lighter overall, which improved the car’s power to weight ratio.
1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
The 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville featured two doors and a hardtop. It has available seating for up to 6 people and retained the signature rear distinction for the trim option. This model has a V8 engine under the hood with 340 horsepower. If you find one that has a vinyl roof, they were available in 4 different color choices. The 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville also featured some new perks, including lights in glove box and trunk and seat belts in the front and back.
1965 Cadillac de Ville
The coupe was just one of the de Ville models that Cadillac released in 1965. Both the convertible and the coupe featured 2 doors, while the sedan and hardtop sedan both had 4 doors. Each of the 1965 Cadillac de Ville models can seat 6 people, including the driver. This year saw sharper lines on the Cadillac de Ville 1965 as well as an added convenience and safety features. Inside this line is the coupe de Ville, the Sedan de Ville and the de Ville convertible.
1965 Cadillac Eldorado
The 1965 Cadillac Eldorado, like most of the other Cadillac models, received a brand new look this year. The V8 engine was moved 6 inches forward and a new four-link rear suspension system was added. This made the 1965 Cadillac El Dorado a much quieter car to drive with noise cut down on the inside and the outside. The entire body of the Eldorado was smoother and more rounded. The Eldorado was available in a convertible style and had two doors. Its lighter weight made it smoother to drive and helped cut down on gas usage at the same time, though these old cars still use more gas than modern models.
1965 Cadillac Convertible
Several of the models produced by Cadillac in 1965 was available as a convertible. That included the Eldorado and the de Ville. The 1965 Cadillac convertible was a fun way to put the top down and cruise around town. It allowed for airflow on hot summer days and was ideal for a trip to the drive-in movie theater. Most of the convertible models could seat 6 passengers so it was ideal for larger families and groups too. Generally, the convertibles carry a higher price tag than the standard model.
1965 Cadillac Fleetwood
The Fleetwood was a four-door sedan that could seat 6 people, including the driver. This model was Cadillac’s heaviest, longest and highest priced model in 1965. There are two subseries in the Fleetwood line – the Sixty Special Subspecies and the 75 subseries. The 75 subseries was also available in a door limousine model that could seat 9 people. It also had an improved automatic transmission and power controls. The 66 subseries features Fleetwood crests on the hood and deck. It also boasted an improved transmission and came with an option Brougham package, the star of which was the improved interior.
1965 Cadillac Calais
In 1965 the Calais replaced Cadillac’s Sixty-Two line and boasted vertically mounted headlights and the rear fender replaced the fins with a gradually tapered fender to create very thin edges. The windows were frameless and featured curved glass, seat belts and a variety of power options. The Calais is available in a two-door hardtop coupe, 4 door hardtop sedan and 4 door sedan model, each of which has seating for six people, the driver included. This model holds extra significance for Cadillac drivers and collectors because 1965 was the first year it was produced. This model also offered a variety of add-ons, including air conditioning, leather seats, a radio, and a remote control trunk lock.
1965 Cadillac Sedan de Ville
Like the other de Ville models, the sedan saw some big changes in 1965. The sedan was available in a 4 door version or a 4 door hardtop version, both of which offered to seat for 6 people. Like the other models created this year, the sedan version was longer and lower with less defined fins on the back. It also had headlights that went from horizontal to vertical and a wider grille with a V8 engine under the hood. This was a great family car as it had plenty of space and many modern amenities.
Shopping for a Cadillac from 1965 can be tough as there aren’t too many readily available anymore. Despite the many hundreds of thousands of models that Cadillac put out that year, many have been totaled or are not for sale. One of the easiest ways to find the one you want is to look online at auto sale or auto trader sites. Collectors often sell and trade old cars on these sites, giving you a couple of options for procuring one of your own. To be sure you’re getting an authentic 1965 model, be sure you know what features and specs you’re looking for so you don’t wind up with a different year by mistake.
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Published by Mason Turner