1972 CADILLAC

1972
Cadillac For 1972, there were five models offered: Calais (two-door hardtop coupe and four-door hardtop sedan), deVille (two-door coupe and four-door sedan), Fleetwood Sixty-Special (four-door brougham), Fleetwood Seventy-five (four-door sedan, four-door limousine, and commercial chassis used in hearses and ambulances, etc.), and Fleetwood Eldorado (two-door hardtop coupe and two-door convertible)

In 1972, Cadillac marked its 70th anniversary with a refined line of cars that would set sales records. Cadillac built 267,787 cars which included a black Eldorado that President Nixon gave to the Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev. Introductions of the 1972 line took place in September, 1971 with production continuing until July 7, 1972. Calendar year production peaked at 266,780 cars and model year output hit 267,787 units. It was a record breaking year.

1972
Cadillac Coupe deVille
Cadillac I.D. Numbers: The GM serial numbering system changed slightly this year to incorporate an alphabetical series code and a new alphabetical code designating engine type. The serial number was again located on top of the instrument panel where it was visible through the windshield.

CharacterTypeIndication
Firstnumber"6" to indicate production by Cadillac
Secondletterindicates the series as follows: C=Calais; D=DeVille; B=Brougham; L=Eldorado; and F=Fleetwood 75
Third & fourthnumbersindicates the body type: 47=Coupe; 49=Sedan; 67=Convertible; 69=Brougham; 23=6 pass Limo; 33=9 pass Limo
FifthletterEngine: R=472 cid; S=500 cid
SixthnumberModel year. 2= 1972
SeventhletterManufacturing point. Q=Detroit, MI; E=Linden, NJ
Eighth - thirteenthnumbersThe sequential production code

MODEL DESCRIPTION
Model NameModel NumberBody/Style NumberBody TypeSeatingFactory priceShipping weightProduction total
Calais682/CC49-N4-dr HT Sedan6 pass.$59384698 lb3875
Calais682/CC47-G2-dr HT Coupe6 pass.$57714642 lb3900
DeVille683/DD49-B4-dr HT Sedan6 pass.$63904762 lb99,531
DeVille683/DD47-J2-dr HT Coupe6 pass.$61684682 lb95,280
Fleetwood Sixty-Special681/BB69-P4-dr Brougham6 pass.$76374858 lb20,750
Fleetwood Seventy-Five697/FF23-R4-dr Sedan6 pass.$11,9485620 lb995
Fleetwood Seventy-Five697/FF33-S4-dr Limousine9 pass.$12,0805742 lb960
Fleetwood Seventy-Five698/Z69890ZCommercial chassis-$-- lb2462
Fleetwood Eldorado693/LL67-E2-dr Conv. Coupe6 pass.$76814966 lb7975
Fleetwood Eldorado693/LL47-H2-dr HT Sport Coupe6 pass.$73604880 lb32,099


ENGINE
Engine typeOverhead valves. Cast iron block
Main bearingsFive
Valve liftersHydraulic
Displacement472 cubic inches (7.7 litres)
Bore and stroke4.300 x 4.060 inches (109 mm x 103 mm)
Compression ratio8.5:1
Brake horsepower (net SAE)220 at 4400 rpm
Brake horsepower (gross SAE)345 at 4400 rpm
Torque365 ft. lbs @2400 rpm
Oil pressure35 psi
CarburetorRochester four-barrel Quadrajet Model 4MV


ModelWheelbaseOverall lengthTires
Commercial chassis157.5 in-L-78 x 15
Seventy-Five151.5 in250 in
Sixty-special133 in232 in
Eldorado126.3223 in
All others130 in229 in


POWERTRAIN OPTIONS
Cruise control$92
Controlled differential (except Eldorado)$56
Eighty-Amp generator$41
Heavy-duty cooling system$56
Exhaust emission system, required on all cars built for California sale$15
Trailer Towing package (Eldorado)$62
Trailer Towing package (all other models)$92
Trackmaster$205


CONVENIENCE OPTIONS
Automatic Climate Control$523
Automatic Level Control$77
Rear window defogger (Eldorado)$36
Rear window defogger (other models)$31
Eldorado grid type rear window defogger$62
Door edge guards in 2-door$6
Door edge guards in 4-door$9
Power door locks for 75s$115
Power door locks for others$69
Power door locks with electric seat back release in coupes and convertibles$69
Dual Comfort seat in DeVille & Eldorado$103
Front and rear floor mats twin type in 75s$10
One piece front and rear floor mats for Eldorado$19
Twin type floor mats in other models$16
Soft Ray tinted glass$57
Convertible hard boot$40
Bumper impact strips$24
License frame(s)$6/1; $11/2
Remote control right mirror (standard on 75s)$26
Brougham and 75 opera lamps$51
Firemist paint$128
AM/FM pushbutton Radio$183
AM/FM signal-seeking stereo Radio$320
AM/FM radio with tape$406
AM/FM stereo signal-seeking with rear control in 75s$410
Full vinyl padded top for DeVille, including "halo" on Coupe DeVille$152
Custom Cabriolet Eldorado Coupe roof$360
Full vinyl Eldorado padded top$157
Power seat options$89-115
Shoulder belts in convertible front seat or rear seat all models$31
Tilt and Telescope steering wheel$92
DeVille/Eldorado/Brougham sun roof with vinyl or padded roof mandatory$610
Sunroof with Eldorado Coupe Custom Cabriolet treatment$1005
Remote control trunk lock$56
Trunk mat$8
Twilight Sentinel$40
Expanded vinyl Calais upholstery$41
Expanded leather upholstery in DeVille/Brougham$169
Expanded leather upholstery in Eldorado coupe$179
White sidewall L78-15 tires in 75s$47
White sidewall L78-15 tires in other models$41

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