1975 Cadillac Seville: Not-Quite Clas...

1975 Cadillac Seville: Not-Quite Classics

There are 11 comments on the MotorAuthority story from Jun 3, 2011, titled 1975 Cadillac Seville: Not-Quite Classics. In it, MotorAuthority reports that:

With the news this month that the last Cadillac STS rolled off the line at the Hamtramck plant preceding the DTS in the list of discarded model names, I thought it might be interesting to get into the wayback machine to look at where it started: the 1975 Seville.

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The Canadian visiting USA

Plymouth, MN

#1 Jun 9, 2011
Some folks on the internet are claiming that even though the Cadillac Seville premiered in 1975 that they actually are 1976 models. Can anyone prove or disprove if the 'first' Cadillac Sevilles are 1975 models. One of the reasons I'm inquisitive is because even though I'm normally private about my age I thought I'd finally bring it to attention that 1975 is my year of birth.
Back in Canada

Fredericton, Canada

#2 Jul 22, 2011
I'm still waiting for a response.
Back in Canada

Fredericton, Canada

#3 Sep 27, 2011
Has anyone read my inquiries? If so I'm still awaiting a response. In my opinion the '75 Seville (if there is such a thing) would appear to be the most modern looking vehicle for 1975.Finally if necessary to point out but since the Seville has rectangular headlamps there was a time (at least when I was 14 yrs old) where I was somewhat obsessed with finding a vehicle with rectangular headlamps that is a '75 model.As it turns out, 1975 Cadillacs were the 1st Cadillacs to feature rectangular headlamps,also the '75 Chevrolet Monza,Pontiac GrandVille(but I believe it's known as the Parisienne in my country),Oldsmobile 98 Regency,Starfire(?),Toronado,B uick Electra and Riviera feature rectangular headlamps from what I discovered and/or researched.
caddyman

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

#4 Aug 26, 2012
The Seville was released in September 1975 as a '76 model.
Back In Canada

Fredericton, Canada

#5 Aug 29, 2012
caddyman wrote:
The Seville was released in September 1975 as a '76 model.
Really? I thought the Cadillac Seville premiered in March or April 1975 even if it was still a '76 model.
Back In Canada

Fredericton, Canada

#6 Sep 3, 2012
I don't mean to be dwelling on this topic but it's imperative to have mentioned(something I had forgotten to do) that I have this book published I think in 1994 titled Chronicle Of The American Automobile where I examined photos of 1975 vehicles and I examined a photo of a Cadillac Seville that is identified as a '75 model so therefore is it possible that the book's author was misinformed or was this a typing error on the part of the publisher? Can someone confirm or deny it?
Rerail

Gambier, OH

#7 Oct 1, 2012
Cadillac introduced the Seville in 1975. They classed it as a 75 1/2. My father worked at a local cadillac dealership for 27 years and was given this particular model to drive for several months. This was done so he could become familiar with all the elecronics the Seville offered. This vehicle was way way ahead of its time. I.E. onboard computers, fuel injection, etc. I currently own a 76 modelwith 50,000 orig. miles. Doubt if I will ever let it go. Anyway hope some of this helps.
Back In Canada

Fredericton, Canada

#8 Oct 27, 2012
Rerail wrote:
Cadillac introduced the Seville in 1975. They classed it as a 75 1/2. My father worked at a local cadillac dealership for 27 years and was given this particular model to drive for several months. This was done so he could become familiar with all the elecronics the Seville offered. This vehicle was way way ahead of its time. I.E. onboard computers, fuel injection, etc. I currently own a 76 modelwith 50,000 orig. miles. Doubt if I will ever let it go. Anyway hope some of this helps.
What does it mean that the first Cadillac Seville was classed as a'75 1/2 model? Does that mean the first Cadillac Sevilles were actually '75/'76 models?

If necessary to mention but I just thought of something which is I seem to recall browsing through some 1975 edition of National Geographic magazine where I noticed a photo of a Volkswagen Golf,Ford Granada and a Cadillac Seville on the same page what I do seem to recall is that those automobiles were not classified as '75 nor '76 models for whatever reason perhaps explaining why I wasn't entirely certain if the first Sevilles were '75 models.Finally and getting back to my question does that mean that there actually is no such a thing as the '75 Seville but there is such a thing as the '75/'76 Seville?
Back In Canada

Fredericton, Canada

#9 Nov 16, 2012
Back in Canada wrote:
Has anyone read my inquiries? If so I'm still awaiting a response. In my opinion the '75 Seville (if there is such a thing) would appear to be the most modern looking vehicle for 1975.Finally if necessary to point out but since the Seville has rectangular headlamps there was a time (at least when I was 14 yrs old) where I was somewhat obsessed with finding a vehicle with rectangular headlamps that is a '75 model.As it turns out, 1975 Cadillacs were the 1st Cadillacs to feature rectangular headlamps,also the '75 Chevrolet Monza,Pontiac GrandVille(but I believe it's known as the Parisienne in my country),Oldsmobile 98 Regency,Starfire(?),Toronado,B uick Electra and Riviera feature rectangular headlamps from what I discovered and/or researched.
I just thought I mention (even if it's not entirely necessary) that I discovered that 1975 Buick Skyhawks or Skylarks and Pontiac Bonnevilles feature rectangular headlamps.
300SDLGUY

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Feb 12, 2013
I own #119 of the first 2000 Triple Silver Cadillac Seville's built starting in April of 1975, and delivered to 1600 Cadillac dealers. They were available for sale May 1, 1975, and sold as a 1976 model year. Many, including myself signify them as 1975.5 so help separate them from those built after the first identical 2000. They were built identically in color AND equipment. This was done to ensure production was not complicated with equipment changes on the line so that a high level of build quality could be achieved like never before on a new model. The early production of "next years model" was not common back in the day, but it has been VERY common marketing in the last 20 years to introduce a "next years" model after Jan 1, of the current model year of a manufacturer.
Benjamin Edge

Portland, OR

#11 Feb 7, 2014
Right... it should be known all these Sevilles built in 1975 are in fact 1976 models.

The same logic applies to the 4th generation Chevrolet Corvette. Despite a spring 1983 introduction, all these Corvettes were actually 1984 models.

However, all of the second-gen Camaros built from February to August 1970 are plainly 1970 models, not "1970-1/2" or "early 1971" models, despite the February 1970 date being the same for the introduction of the G-series Chevrolet "Chevy Van" and GMC "Vandura" full-size vans (those were "early 1971" models).

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