The 1965 Cadillacs were all-new, and the results were arguably the best-looking luxury cars of the decade. Clean, sleek, and in the case of this 1965 Calais hardtop, subtle and elegant. There's no question as to what this car is and from any angle it says that you've finally arrived.
For the money, this car represents a lot of luxury and style that you probably can't get anywhere else. Park this next to, say, a comparable Lincoln of the period and the Lincoln looks downright frumpy while the Cadillac looks modern and low. Cadillacs were always famous for their chrome, and yes, there's plenty here to keep shiny, all of it in good original condition including the front bumper and cool rear taillight housings with white that illuminate red when you hit the brakes. With a little TLC, this car could be outstanding.
The all-original interior, take a good look at that cool textured upholstery. The slender steering wheel frames a wide Cadillac-style instrument panel with lots of shiny trim to give it a very upscale look. And while the Calais was technically the "entry level" Cadillac, there's nothing low-rent about the quality of the materials or the elegant design. Options include factory A/C plus power windows and seat, so there's really nothing entry level about it. The door panels are in very good condition, as is the front and back seat, and the carpets are in excellent condition. And yes, there's a massive trunk that's highly original and carries what might very well be the original spare tire.
Cadillac's 429 cubic inch V8 made a stout 340 horsepower and moves the big coupe with the kind of effortless ease that you'd expect from a major luxury car like this. It's not detailed for show under the hood but it is quite clean, There's also a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission, which was used for the first time in Cadillacs in 1965, and it powers a rear end big enough to look at home under a 1-ton truck. The underside is quite original. Wheels are fitted with original hubcaps (not shown in pictures) that give the big Caddy a very understated look.
Great looks, plenty of power, and a sleek attitude that is just the epitome of cool!!!