If owning a Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham wasn’t enough conspicuous consumption for you in the mid-70s, Cadillac could crank it up.
Double digit inflation and 20% unemployment didn’t slow everyone down…
Start with your “basic” Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham. Boasting a wheelbase of 11 feet with a total length of just under 20 feet. It had power windows, power steering, power locks, power mirrors, dual comfort front seat, front and rear reading lights, carpeted foot rests and of course the distinctive Brougham vinyl roof.
For those for whom enough is never enough, Cadillac boosted the ostentation and opulence with the Talisman version.
Thanks to Hemmings for bringing this to our thrill-seeking attention!
GM stuffed every concept of luxury they could think of into this car. (If it meant riding roughshod over good taste here and there, well… sacrifices were made!) The package was available 1974-1976, and incredibly almost 2000 buyers thought it was an affordable upgrade.
So, Medici crushed velour adorned just about every surface inside the car, most notably the 40/40 lounge chair style seats – with a flip-up lighted writing desk in the divider. (This was before texting.) The Passenger seat reclined, a la La-Z-Boy. There was a ‘Fleetwood Talisman’ affixed to each rear sail panel, a jewel-like stand-up laurel wreath and crest on its majestic hood and Turbine-vane wheel discs.
Leather trim was an available option, for crying out loud!
According to Lynn Gardner et al who wrote an article on the Talisman gathering for the Cadillac and LaSalle Club’s Potomac Region...
“When a new buyer rolled out of the dealership driveway in a new Talisman, over 40 some years ago, a statement was being made for all those who witnessed the event, while the driver of these remarkable cars watched the rest of the world roll past the windows in hushed and swaddled comfort.”
That same article put the total cost of the Talisman at $13,200. Keep in mind this is when a first class stamp cost 15 cents. Compare to the price of a Lincoln Continental at under $7,500.
It took this baronial luxury barge almost 12 seconds to reach 60 mph, but after all, “what was your hurry?” The 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman was powered by a Cadillac 7.7 liter 472 CID 16-valve V8 engine. You didn’t take it to the track: it did the ¼ mile @ 77 mph in 18.5 seconds. That’s how long it takes an average American to order a Thanksgiving meal at a McDonald’s drive-thru.
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