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Now that the bulk of Cadillacs up to 1975 have been covered, wholly or in part, it is time to move into the last two decades of Cadillac's first 100 years of making quality automobiles.

The compiler of  The (new) Cadillac Database© regrets the time it has taken to upload the photo pages for what he considers to be the "modern" Cadillacs.  Even though many of them now are 35 years old, still, in his eyes, they do not belong to what he perceives as Cadillac's "Golden Age", extending only through the first seventy years of production.

At last he has found time to scan his own copy of the prestige catalog and some factory photos for this model year.  Please enjoy the images and don't hesitate to point out any errors or omissions.

So far as I have been able to determine, the easiest way to ID most 1980 models is by looking, again, at the front grille. It takes time to count them but, this year, there are five horizontal zones and thirty-six vertical ones, with the Cadillac script gracing the top RH side of the grille shroud [when facing the car].  However, to complicate matters, this grille design is used only on the  De Ville and (some) Fleetwood models.  The  De Villes  feature a simple,  free-standing crest, while the Fleetwoods and the new Seville have the well-known, stand-up wreath and crest.

Additional information and photos of the 1980 models and the related sales literature may be found  in The (New) Cadillac Database© sections entitled "Descriptions and Specifications of Cadillac Cars 1976 - 1997",  "Cadillac and La Salle Sales Literature 1980-1984" as well as in the appropriate "Dream cars" section.  Further recommended reading includes:

Standard Catalog of Cadillac, 1903-2000 edited by James T. Lenzke, © 2000, published by Krause Publications, Inc., 700 E. State Street, Iola, WI 54990 [ISBN #0-87341-925-1, Library of Congress #91-61301].  An updated version covering Cadillacs through 2005 was edited by John Gunnell that year.

Images below are from the factory merchandising brochures for that year.  The various models are shown in the same order they appear in the brochure.

According to the product brochure, the 1980 cars are the most advanced Cadillacs ever built. Among the year's innovations was the new digital Electronic fuel injected engine with self-diagnosis; standard on the Eldorado models, it was available also at no extra charge on the Seville.   This year the Seville came with a 5.7 liter diesel engine as standard.  Another novel item available on all models was the optional,  3-channel gate and garage door opener.


Easy (?) ID


Twin rectangular lamps on each side of the grille; it features five horizontal zones
and thirty-six vertical ones; the Cadillac script graces the top RH side of the
grille shroud;   DeVille models feature a free-standing crest, while the
Fleetwoods have the well-known, stand-up wreath and crest

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There was not a standard front clip for the entire model range; this is the one for
the Fleetwood and DeVille models;  the Eldorado and Seville had their own



Fleetwood Brougham


The Fleetwood sedan has a new, limousine-style rear window for added privacy,
as well as opera lamps mounted on the "B" pillars; wheel covers too are new

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Interior trim (right) is the optional leather one in saddle; there were ten shades of leather in all;
standard trim was a knit material in slate gray, dark blue, dark green, saddle, light beige and dark claret

This illustration is from a period ad

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The Brougham came also in the d'Elegance configuration [ what a horrible misuse of part of the French concours d'élégance ]; 
the latter featured an even smaller rear window than the new, regular Brougham back-light, a wrap-around roof quarter panel,
the D'Elegance script on the sail panel; interior trim was either the knit pillow style in slate dray, dark blue, saddle, dark claret
and light  beige (right)  or genuine leather seating areas in light beige, slate gray, saddle, dark blue and dark claret (below, left)

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Coupe de Ville


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Three distinctive interiors were offered on the Coupe de Ville, shown here with the optional Cabriolet roof treatment
(a throw back to the thirties!); it featured a chrome cross-over molding, French seam and opera lamps; interiors were trimmed
in six shades of Durand knit cloth with velours inserts; four shades of Venetian velours were available in the DeVille
, as were also ten shades of leather  (dark carmine is shown at right)

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The d'Elegance version of the DeVille models came with pillow-style seating
of soft, Venetian velours in slate gray, light beige, dark claret and dark blue (above);
there was also a DeVille d'Elegance script on the glove-box door as well as
on the roof sail panel; opera lamps were optional on the DeVille sedan



Sedan de Ville


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Shown right is the standard knit material with the velours inserts

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The d'Elegance version of the DeVille models came with pillow-style seating
of soft, Venetian velours in slate gray, light beige, dark claret and dark blue (above);
there was also a DeVille d'Elegance script on the glove-box door as well as
on the roof sail panel; opera lamps were optional on the DeVille sedan



[ Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that links to You Tube videos will always be functional ]


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Eldorado's egg-crate grille this year comprised seven horizontal zones (the lowest one
being partly hidden) and eighteen vertical ones; a wreath and crest graced the front hood

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The Eldorado featured  4-wheel independent suspension as well as 4-wheel disc brakes with automatic adjustment;
the classic coupe (above, left is shown in Colonial yellow); interior trim was six shades of Heather knit material
or 10 shades of leather (but only for the seating areas)

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The Biarritz version had cast aluminum wheels and a brushed stainless steel roof a la 1957-58 Eldorado Brougham, with a wide
cross-over chrome molding; opera lamps and the Biarritz script graced the cabriolet style sail panels; interiors featured tufted pillow style seating

in seven shades of leather (seating areas only) or in slate gray knit material; the Elk grain cabriolet roof was available in in seven colors

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Optional Eldorado electric sun roof



Cadillac Limousines


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The regular limousine could accommodate eight people; the formal version had a sliding glass partition
and seating for seven; black leather trim was used in the front compartment of the formal limousine
Right: heather cloth interior, available also in slate gray and black 



Cadillac Seville for the 80's


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This set of original factory photos illustrates very well the new "bustle-back" Cadillac Seville for 1980

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At center is the standard Heather cloth interior, shown here in dark blue; saddle leather seating areas were available at extra cost (right)

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Top: the regular, plain Seville; below it, the more luxurious Seville Elegante, now a correct
use of the French word (but badly  pronounced as "eleGANTAY" instead of "eleGAUNT")

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The Elegante script, with wreath and crest, decorates the roof sail panel; chrome-plated wire wheel covers (shown)
were available at no extra cost; three 2-tone paint combinations were offered: black and gray, two shades of gray
and two shades of  brown (shown, right); leather seating areas were standard as was a leather trimmed steering wheel
and a leather-topped center console; two shades of leather were available: light beige (shown) or slate gray

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The Seville's distinctive grille this year comprised three horizontal zones and twenty-eight vertical ones;
again, a wreath and crest graced the front hood; "bustle-back" styling aped a James Young design from the UK

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Left: custom Seville instrument board
Right: 5.7 liter diesel engine was the standard Seville power plant





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Left: sail panel decoration that was seen on the Brougham d'Elegance
Right:  standard instrument board on Fleetwood and De Ville models

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Left: illuminated entry system  for added night-time safety
Center: the optional Astroroof [on Fleetwood limousines it was "special order"]
Right: new opera lamps on the "B" pillars of the Fleetwood Brougham models

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Left:  power switches for windows and seat, on driver arm rest
Right: twin illuminated vanity mirrors ...for the lady driver's convenience




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[ Background image:   1980 Fleetwood Brougham sedan ]