In May of 2009, I was given a vehicle from my grandmother. This vehicle, a 1982 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, was a luxury machine. Well, in its prime it was a luxury machine. Upon driving the vehicle, I immediately noticed the smoothness of the ride. I would literally drive over speed bumps and not feel them. I drove the car the 600 miles from Texas, back to Memphis, Tennessee, and used it as my main vehicle for six months. After six months the transmission started to slip. About the same time one of the automatic windows and the air conditioner quit working. I took the hints and retired the car. Since then I have moved it a time or two, but it stays covered and has waited for the day that I can fix it up.
I am part of Generation Y. You may ask, “Why that is important?” I will tell you why–Generation Y as a whole (yes, I share the stigma) cannot repair cars. I am ashamed to say that remedial-level task are the only ones I know. I can change a tire, add Freon, add coolant, and jump off a battery. If I was in a bind, I could probably change my own oil–but I wouldn’t be happy about it.
This is all to say that I, myself, will not be restoring this car. I do not have the patience or the wherewithal to attend to the car’s needs. I am, however, making a list of problems and getting estimates to have someone else fix said problems. I hope that by this time next year the car will be in perfect shape mechanically and in appearance, both interior and exterior.
In looking at information for this car I ran across the original commercial for the 1982 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.
[Commercial was removed from the internet… 🙁 ]
“Who deserves one more than you…?” Exactly! I deserve to have this car! And who better to drive a car this old than someone with a love for history? While this car may not be “historical”, it is old enough to qualify for a Tennessee Antique license plate. In fact, this car is older than I am. So in a way, this car has experienced more history than I have. So hopefully I can do my part and restore a little history. Who knows, maybe one day the GM Heritage Center will call me and say they need a 1982 Cadillac Coupe DeVille in mint condition for their museum.