Cadillac’s 472 cubic inch V8 make locomotive-like torque, easily propelling the big DeVille with authority. They’re also indestructible low-RPM engines that never feel like they’re working very hard, and thanks to good maintenance throughout its life, this one runs quite well indeed. With a 4-barrel carburetor on top, it gets off the line easily, but where it’s really at home is interstate cruising, where there’s no better way to travel. The engine bay is well-kept if not detailed, and service access is surprisingly good compared to the Eldorado convertible that would follow. A TH400 3-speed automatic spins a heavy-duty rear end that looks like it belongs under a giant truck rather than a luxury car, and the suspension is in good order so that incomparable ’70s Cadillac ride is part of the package. Custom wire spoke wheels give it a lowrider vibe and carry right-sized Firestone whitewall radials.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States