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1982 front clip (DeVille and Fleetwood models); note "Cadillac"
script at top RH side (in image) of grille surround




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1982 rear clip


The (new) Cadillac Database© has turned into such a vast undertaking that the compiler is having difficulty meeting the request of many of its users who would like to see more pictures of contemporary or "modern" Cadillac models.

Now that the bulk of Cadillacs up to 1975 have been covered, wholly or even partly, it is time to move into the last two decades of Cadillac's long, successful history as a manufacturer of fine, quality automobiles.

Initially, these pages will be limited to photos of the year's models, with appropriate captions.  Subsequently, some additional descriptive text will be added.

So far as I have been able to determine, the easiest way to ID most 1982 models is by looking at the "Veed" front grille, which is divided into three horizontal areas each with many narrow, vertical openings. This theme was carried through to 1984, with only slight modifications.  In 1982 the name "Cadillac" was spelled out in script at the top LH side of the chromed grille housing.

Additional information and photos of the 1982 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].

Images below are from the factory merchandising brochures for that year.  The various models are shown in ascending order of their cost.



1982 Cadillac

Cadillac's string of missteps in the early 1980s has assumed their place in the automotive hall of shame. From the unreliable diesel V-8, through the untenable variable-displacement V-8-6-4, to the unseemly Cimarron, Cadillac seemed to be striking out every time it stepped to the plate.

Thus, it's a testimony to the enduring power of the Cadillac name and the image it still projected for many buyers that sales actually rose steadily from 1982 through 1985, from about 235,500 units to nearly 335,000.

Though Cimarron and troublesome engines may have blotted its enviable engineering record, Cadillac still dominated the U.S. luxury-car market.

Which brings up another 1982 Cadillac surprise, yet another new engine. This was a small V-8, just 4.1-liters (249-cubic-inches) with a cast-iron head atop a lightweight aluminum block, plus digital fuel injection. Dubbed "HT4100," it was standard for all '82s (save Cimarron and limos).

The Cadillac 4.1 V-8 initially was rated at 125 horsepower, same as the Buick 4.1-liter V-6, which remained a Cadillac option for 1982. However, the V-8 actually produced a bit less torque than the V-6. It was certainly far less torquey than the old 425-cubic-inch V8 or even the V-8-6-4, so the full-size members of the 1982 Cadillac line were far from rapid.

A happier 1982 Cadillac development was the addition of an optional Touring Coupe package for the 1982 Cadillac Eldorado. This dressed the 1982 Cadillac Eldorado with black-finish body moldings (replacing chrome), fatter tires on aluminum wheels, and standard buckets-and-console interior with unique trim.

Traditionalists shopped the 1982 Cadillac catalog still had their usual choices of two- and four-door De Villes and Fleetwoods in plain and D'Elegance trim. There were also standard and Biarritz Eldorados, and base and Elegante Sevilles -- all available with fake wire wheels and convertible-look tops.



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New for 1982 was this "baby" Cimarron, Series 6J, style G69, four-cylinder  model, initially
intended to compete with European luxury makes such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Saab and Volvo;
powered by a 1.8 liter engine, with a manual 4-speed transmission and overdrive, this  was Cadillac's
first four-cylinder car since 1914; it cost $12181 and weighed 2,524 lbs;   25,968 units were built





The Coupe

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Above: the DeVille two-door coupe
Below: (left) the regular DeVille interior and,
(right) the special edition DeVille "d'Elegance"
1 interior

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The ever-popular DeVille, Series 6C, style D47 coupe; it cost $15249 and weighed 3,783 lbs;
taken together with the Fleetwood Brougham, Series 6C, two-door coupe style B47 (below)
0,130 units were built (there was no breakdown of production numbers for these
two different two-door styles)

The Sedan

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The volume selling DeVille, Series 6C, style D69 sedan cost $15699 and weighed 3,839 lbs; taken
together with the Fleetwood Brougham, Series 6C, four-door sedan style B69 (below) 86,020 units
were built (there was no breakdown of production numbers for these two different four-door styles)
The standard interior is shown (right); a special edition "d'Elegance" edition was also available

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1  French obviously is not the forte of Cadillac's advertising copy writers; the expression "d'élégance" is used correctly as a single particle to a single noun, e.g. "Concours d'Elégance" (a competition founded on automobile elegance and styling).  The combination of  "DeVille" and "d'Elegance" is a typical example of superfetation, where descriptive particles are wantonly accumulated, one after the other 


Fleetwood Brougham


The Coupe

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The sumptuous Fleetwood Brougham coupe, Series 6C, style B47, cost $18,096
and weighed 3,829 lbs; taken together with the DeVille, Series 6C, two-door coupe style
D47 (above) 50,130 units were built (there was no breakdown of production numbers for
these two different two door styles) The standard interior is shown (above, right); a
special edition "d'Elegance" edition was also available (above, right)

The Sedan

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The luxurious Fleetwood Series 6C, sedan style B69, cost $18,567
and weighed 3,866 lbs; taken together with the DeVille, Series 6C, four-door sedan
style D69 (above) 86,020 units were built (there was no breakdown of production
numbers for these two different two door styles); the standard interior is shown; a
special edition "d'Elegance" edition was also available (above, right)





The Eldorado

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The sporty Eldorado, Series 6E, style L57, cost $18,716 and weighed 3,637 lbs;
special editions (below) were also available and are included in the foregoing
production total; prices of the special editions are not known at this time

The Eldorado "Biarritz"

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The Eldorado touring coupe (ETC)

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The Seville

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The elegantly classic luxury "Seville" sedan, Series 6K, style S69, cost $23,434 and weighed 3,3731lbs; a
special edition "Elegante" model was available and is included in the foregoing production total (price unknown)

The Seville "Elegante"

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Fleetwood Limousine

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The stately 7-8 passenger Fleetwoods, the Series 6D, was fitted with a  6-liter, digital fuel-injected diesel engine
with that troublesome V8-6-4 engine configuration; these spacious automobiles continued to enjoy popularity
both as large family cars and as business transportation;  the sedan for eight passengers, style F23,
cost $27,961 and weighed 4,628lbs; the limousine for seven passengers, with glass divider, style F33,
cost $28,941 and weighed 4,718lbs; the combined total production of these two styles was only 1,450 units


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The Eldorado and Seville models could be ordered with the
optional, so-called "touring suspension" which, according
to the sales hype, "increased cornering ability and steering
precision" resulting in  "a firmer feel of the road"; it was

offered as standard equipment on the Eldorado touring coupe (ETC)

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(Above, left):  in 1982, power was delivered by the remarkable, new HT 4100 digital fuel injection engine
combined with automatic overdrive; optional at reduced cost on  Broughams, DeVilles, Eldorados and 
Seville was a 4.1 liter V6 engine; the latter models could be ordered also with a new, 5.7 liter fuel
injected diesel engine;the large Fleetwood sedan and limousine got a 6.0 liter diesel engine;
(above, right) typical eighties tail-light on all but the Cimarron, Eldorado and Seville models

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[Background image:   1982 Cadillac front clip (DeVille and Fleetwood)]