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Issue 08:03:05 - March 31, 2008

Profile of the 1966 Cadillac - Part 1

The 1966 Cadillac was designed with the 64-year reputation for Cadillac integrity, to maintain precise manufacturing and advanced engineering. The 1966 Cadillac models featured newly-refined styling, which resulted in a graceful, distinctive, dignified automobile with a more responsive performance and smoother handling. The 1966 Cadillac featured elegant, luxurious leather and fabric upholstery and smart, new appointments. With a wide choice of colors, interiors, accessories, and options, the owner could easily tailor the 1966 Cadillac to their personal needs. The proud Cadillac owner was surrounded by luxury and convenience, and could enjoy improved power steering. The engine was quiet and responsive, the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission ran smoothly, the suspension was highly-refined, the interior offered an enjoyable, quiet riding experience, and the instrument panel was highly visible and easily accessible.

Options for 1966

The Automatic Climate Control was optional for those who wanted comfort year round. Other optional conveniences were cruise control, AM/FM stereo radio, a tilting, telescoping steering wheel, Custom Twilight Sentinel lighting with lights turning on and off depending on lighting conditions, and also a delay light switch to remain on for visibility after exiting the vehicle.

The 1966 Cadillac Series

The 1966 Cadillac featured new, exclusive variable ratio power steering with 1/3 effort reduction for parking, cornering, and highway maneuvering. It had improved suspension for greater stability and a smoother ride. Improved engine body mounting components and an acoustical design enhanced operational quietness. The Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission along with innovations throughout the body, chassis and electrical system proved the quality of the 1966 Cadillac automobile. The 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Series models were the Eldorado convertible, the Sixty Special Sedan, the Brougham, the Seventy-Five Sedan, and the Limousine. All of the 1966 Cadillac models featured a new, special rear grille, the Fleetwood name, and the distinctive wreath and crest emblem. The 1966 models also had a new front grille and were highlighted by an impressive headlight treatment and horizontal center bar. Blends of leather, fabric and walnut added to the tasteful interiors. Standard power-operated ventilation panes were included in the Brougham, the Eldorado, and the Sixty Special Sedan, but optional in the Fleetwood Seventy-Five model. The Sixty Special Sedan and Brougham had a 227.5-inch overall length and a 133-inch wheelbase. The Fleetwood Seventy-Five Sedan and Limousine had a 244.5-inch overall length and 149.8-inch wheelbase. Standard Automatic Level Control was available on all Fleetwood models, and standard Automatic Climate Control was available in the Seventy-Five Sedan and Limousine with both front and rear controls.

The Brougham

The 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham featured folding footrests, adjustable reading lights, and fold-down lighted ashtrays. The Brougham and the Seventy-Five models had two lighted, wood-paneled fold-down trays on the back of each front seat, and two carpeted, fold-down footrests for the comfort of the passengers in the rear. Additional conveniences and appointments included back-up lights, directional lights, tail lights, and stop lights, which were integrated as a single unit to blend with the rear end styling.

Additional Cadillac features

New walnut paneling featured on the 1966 Cadillac models, were resin-impregnated to be wear resistant, moisture resistant, and light resistant. New, adjustable swivel reading lights were included for rear seat passengers. Ample trunk space was upholstered in tweed-textured vinyl coated fabric lining. Fitted protective covers on the trunk hinges protected luggage from scratching. New directional signal lights and parking lights fit harmoniously with the new grille's horizontal design pattern. The directional signal lever engaged the cornering lights, which added to the front fender's beauty, along with the Cadillac crest. Newly-styled vertical headlights were recessed in the square, chrome frames to blend gracefully with the front end styling. With 1966 Cadillac models, bucket seats were optional, and the right front seat could be ordered as a reclining seat. Also available was an adjustable headrest. Optional headrests were available for front seats in all Cadillac models. Standard front and rear seat belts were featured in all 1966 models. The front fender directional signal indicator lights allowed the driver to determine which signal was in operation. All 1966 Cadillac models had an outside remote-controlled rear view mirror, with the control located on the driver's side door panel. Two front ashtrays and lighter were placed above the glove compartment, concealed by an attractive, finished cover when not in use. Both the ashtrays and glove compartment had automatic lighting. Additional features were a padded instrument panel, a small recessed accelerator pedal footrest, a standard day and night rear view mirror with glare-reduction on all models, folding center armrests, dual padded sun visors, an electric clock, reflectors, and warning lights on the door panels. All 1966 Cadillac models featured variable ratio power steering, except on the Seventy-Five model, and additional convenience appointments. They had a number of luxury car options and accessories, which included a 6-way power seat with vertical, horizontal, and tilt adjustment. This was available in all models with bench seating, except the Limousine with a glass partition, but was standard in the Eldorado. Power horizontal and tilt adjustment was available with the bucket seats on the driver's side. A hazard warning flasher was on all rear and front turn signal lights, and standard Automatic Level Control, and positive traction supplied by a Controlled Differential, added to the benefits of owning a new 1966 Cadillac. A new front seat warmer was electrically heated, and the rear seat warmer was available on the Seventy-Five models. Additional popular accessories included a power Guide-O-Matic headlight dimmer, a rear window defogger, a remote controlled trunk lock, door edge guards, Soft Ray glass, and white sidewall tires.

Personalizing

In personalizing the 1966 Cadillac models to suit the customer's needs, a standard automatic Climate Control was featured on the Seventy-Five models, and optional with the other models. Optional power window regulators were available on the Calais models, and standard with the other models. The control switch was on the driver's side. Power ventilation window regulators were available with the power window models, and standard with the Brougham, Eldorado, and the Sixty Special.


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