1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham (Tenth Generation)
At 233.7 inches in length, the big Caddy could give both the Rolls-Royce and the Maybach a fair run for the crown of longest car in the world. Rather comically in today’s world, the actual wheelbase was just 133 inches, meaning the car made do with 100 inches – just over eight feet – of overhang.
The Sixty Special was considered to be the absolute top of the line offering from Cadillac, often being sold to be converted to use as a limousine or plush ‘airport’ car. There were two options for power: a 7.7-liter or 8.2-liter V8, which both sound impressive, but power was heavily restricted thanks to tighter emission controls.
The 1974 model was fitted with an “Air Cushion Restraint System” (aka, airbags), but it proved to be so unpopular that it was removed from the options for the 1976 model. It also had rear-seat reading lamps, dual-comfort front seating, and automatic level control.
Thanks to the size and the toys fitted, the curb weight was well over 5,000 pounds, and as much as 5,400 lb when fully loaded.
Looking at it from a modern viewpoint, it was hideously ugly, slow, ill-handling, and badly built, but back then … this was the Daddy of all things Cadillac.