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I was spared the time and trouble of preparing and posting digital images of the 1958 models and those of 1960 through 1975, thanks to the excellent work done in this field by a Cadillac admirer in the Netherlands (Holland).  Regrettably, those pages appear to be "lost".

Finally, I have found time, after three years (!) to put together the 1966 Cadillac photo page. I hope you will enjoy it.

Images and photos are from my own collection. Most of them are factory photos graciously provided to me through the years by the Cadillac Division's Public Relations Department. Others have been scanned from that year's merchandising literature and other similar sources.

Total production was 181,435 cars of the model year, an increase of some 16,000 units over the previous year.

Again, the easiest way to distinguish a 1966 Cadillac from a model of any other year is to look at the front clip and rear tail fins.  The 1966 models sport the same  "stacked" headlights as last year.  In addition, the front grill is divided in two by a chrome molding and there are rectangular park/turn-signal lamps on either side of the new grille, near the headlight housings. 

The Series 75 sedan and limousine were re-tooled for this model year.

As in 1963-65, Fleetwood models for 1966 are distinguished by the absence of any trim molding running down the center of the car sides. Instead, they feature a small wreath and crest on the roof quarter panel (Brougham and 60 Special) and at the extremity of the rear fender, close to the tail-light housings (Eldorado).

Look also for identifying script or lettering on some models (Calais, De Ville, FLEETWOOD, ELDORADO, etc.) 

Additional information and photos of the 1966 models and the related sales literature may be found  in The (New) Cadillac Database© sections entitled "Descriptions and Specifications of Cadillac Cars  1956-1965",  "Cadillac and La Salle Sales Literature 1965-1969" as well as in the appropriate "Dream cars" section.  Further recommended reading includes:

(a)   "Cadillacs of the Sixties" by Roy Schneider, © 1995,  published by Automobile Heritage Publishing Co., Post Office Box 7, Temple City, CA 91780 [ISBN #0917104048 / 9780917104046.

(b) "Standard Catalog of Cadillac, 1903-2000" edited by James T. Lentzke, © 2000, published by Krause Publications, Inc., 700 E. State Street, Iola, WI 54990 [ISBN #0-87341-925-1, Library of Congress #91-61301].

And here's a You Tube video of a '65 De Ville convertible to whet your Cadillac appetite !  Here's another one that I believe was filmed in Sweden or Norway !  How about this shot of the LH rear light unit?


Easy ID





The Calais Series



Calais Coupe

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Calais Sedan

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Calais Hardtop Sedan

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The "hardtop" sedans have no "B" pillar;
when both side windows are opened the impression is one of a large coupe




The DeVille Series


Coupe de Ville

A lovely survivor in Germany, 2014

Same car?


Sedan de Ville

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A survivor found on Internet


Hardtop Sedan de Ville

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De Ville convertible

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On show at Hillcrest Motor Co. in Beverly Hills, Hollwoood

A fine survivor found on Internet

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The Japanese have become avid collectors of classic Cadillacs of the 50s and 60s;
in 1980, Chiaki Motohashi set up in Los Angeles a small exporting company,

Atomic Motors, that  caters to a  growing market of Japanese Cadillac-loving yuppies;
personally, I wouldn't want to have to steer this baby through Tokyo's narrow streets!
[ Photo: © 1988, François Lemeunier and L'Automobile, June, 1988 ]




Fleetwood Series

Series Sixty Special

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A survivor


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Pics in above 4 rows show one of the finest survivors extant
[source: Cadillac and LaSalle Club, CLC]

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Two Fleetwood models
The Eldorado (left - see below) and the Brougham (right - see above)
[ Photo:  © 1965, Cadillac Motor Car Division of GM ]



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The "75" sedan and limousine

Entirely redesigned for 1966, the new "75"s got their own merchandising brochure that included this descriptive text:   The introduction of this entirely new, totally redesigned 1966 Fleetwood Seventy-Five qualifies as an event of great significance in the world of luxury motoring. For no car built today provides such magnificent interiors ... such a wealth of comfort and conveniences ... or such remarkable ease and quietness of operation.  There are two Seventy-Five models for 1066 - the Limousine and the nine-passenger Sedan. Each has a majestic 149.8-inch wheelbase with an impressive over-all length of 244.5 inches. The Seventy-Five's entirely new body styling is highlighted ba a new grille, new windshield shape and sleekly defined rear quarter area.  This exterior dignity and grace are matched only by its interior decor. An imposing choice of fabrics and leathers, dramatic walnut paneling, and richly finished appointments offer splendid evidence of tasteful Cadillac craftsmanship.  Such welcome features as Automatic Climatr Control, with separate units front and rerar, folding footrests and accessory control panels further dramatize the comforts one expects in this, the world's finest example of luxury motor car design.

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Right: optional landau roof and non-functional landau bars

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Jump seats and rear controls for heater and radio

This illustration is from the cover of a 1966 Cadillac product brochure
[ Document:  Z. Taylor Vinson collection ]

A good-looking survivor




Miscellaneous assorted photos


[ more images to come ]





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© 1996, Yann Saunders and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc.
[ Background image:  1966, Fleetwood Series Sixty Special sedan ]