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1969 Cadillac Production Numbers/Specifications

September 26, 1968
69-682 68247G Calais Coupe $5,484
Weight: 4555 Built: 5,600
69-682 68249N Calais Sedan $5,660
Weight: 4630 Built: 6,825
69-683 68347J Coupe deVille $5,721
Weight: 4595 Built: 65,755
69-683 68349B Hardtop Sedan deVille $5,954
Weight: 4660 Built: 72,958
69-683 68367F DeVille Convertible $5,905
Weight: 4590 Built: 16,445
69-683 68369L Sedan deVille $5,954
Weight: 4640 Built: 7,890
69-680 68069M Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan $6,779
Weight: 4765 Built: 2,545
69-681 68169P Fleetwood Brougham $7,110
Weight: 4770 Built: 17,300
69-697 69723R Fleetwood Seventy-Five Sedan $10,841
Weight: 5430 Built: 880
69-697 69733S Fleetwood Seventy-Five Limousine $10,961
Weight: 5555 Built: 1,156
69-698 69890Z Commercial Chassis $ N/A
Weight: N/A Built: 2,550
Note: Prices reflect January 1, 1969 price increase of $18, added due to mandatory FMVSS inclusion of front seat head rests as a required safety item. Automotive Mileposts provides a separate section for 1969 Fleetwood Eldorado Production, and those figures are listed separately in that section, but are included in the total production figure listed above.)
(See model images near bottom of page)
9 472 CID V-8
Bore and Stroke: 4.3 x 4.06 inches
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Brake Horsepower: 375 @ 4400 rpm
Torque: @
Carburetor: Rochester 4V Quadrajet (model 7028230)
-- Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic
-- All models except as below: 2.94:1
Fleetwood Seventy-Five: 3.21:1
9.00 x 15 4-Ply BSW
Seventy-Fives: 8.20 x 15 4-Ply BSW
Power Front Disc/Rear Finned Drum (Dual system)
129.5 inches
Sixty Special/Brougham: 133 inches
Seventy-Five: 149.8 inches
Front Tread: 63"
Rear Tread: 63"
Length: 225 inches
Sixty Special/Brougham: 228.5 inches
Seventy-Five: 245.3 inches
Width: --
Height: --
Trunk: --
Fuel Tank: 26 gallons
Cooling System: 21-1/3 qts. (Heater)
21-3/4 qts. (Air conditioned)
Dealer Preparation Charges:

Calais/DeVille: $90
Sixty Special/Brougham: $115
Seventy Five: $150
- Cadillac built over 250,000 cars for the first time ever during calendar year 1969.
- Strikes affected the 1969 production run.
Image: 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Above: 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham shown in Cotillion White with White Vinyl Roof


Cadillac entered the final year of the decade of the sixties with little time to look back at the decade that had been very good to the division. Cadillac built its three millionth car in 1964, a 1965 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham. And now, just five years later, it would build its four millionth car, a 1969 Cadillac Coupe deVille, which came off the assembly line on June 19, 1969. The Astral Blue Metallic car featured a Dark Blue Vinyl Roof and a Dark Blue interior. Its owner, Lee Mannes of St. Claire Shores, Michigan, was waiting for it at the end of the line with his two teen-aged sons. Also present at the ceremony to commemorate this event was Cadillac Division's own 1903 Cadillac Model "A" single cylinder car. Cadillac took 47 years to build its first million cars, the second million took nine years, the three million mark came just six years later, and only five years to then build the four millionth car.

During the 1960s, Cadillac had also undertaken a 500,000 square-foot facility expansion that included a new Engineering Center and expanded its production floor space by another 200,000 square feet. Cadillac became the first auto manufacturer to build its 500,000th air conditioned car in 1963, and for 1969 less than 4 percent of Cadillacs would be built without factory air conditioning. Cadillac's first personal luxury car was introduced in 1967, and that car, the Fleetwood Eldorado, would establish a new styling direction for the division. And 1969 would be the first year that styling inspiration would be seen in the showrooms.

Despite completely new styling that was at the same time boldly new yet retained touches of earlier models, Cadillac's sales for 1969 would fail to set a new record, for the first time in six years. Production of 223,267 cars for the model year would fall short of 1968's record 230,003 cars by 2.9 percent. The reason for this may be due to strikes, which interrupted the 1969 production run, but overall 1969 was not a bad year for the automobile industry as a whole.

For 1969, Cadillac built a total of 11 different models in three series on four different wheelbases. The least expensive was the Calais Coupe priced at $5,466. The most expensive was the Fleetwood Seventy-Five Limousine at $10,961. Keep in mind that the average annual income in 1969 was $8,550, and the median cost of a house was $15,550!

Cadillac's best selling model for 1969 was once again the Hardtop Sedan deVille, with record sales of 72,958, the best ever for a single Cadillac model. This was by far the most popular luxury car model in America, an honor it would retain until 1973, when its sister model, the Coupe deVille, would outsell it for the first time.

There was a change in upper management at Cadillac during the year. On July 1, 1969, George R. Elges succeeded Calvin J. Werner as General Manager, Cadillac Division.

Image: 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Left: 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham exhibits new styling inspired by the Eldorado, with more deeply sculptured lines that still retain Cadillac's traditional luxury appearance.

Image: 1969 Cadillac Calais Coupe

Calais Coupe

Image: 1969 Cadillac Calais Hardtop Sedan

Calais Hardtop Sedan

Image: 1969 Cadillac Sedan deVille

Sedan deVille

Image: 1969 Cadillac Hardtop Sedan deVille

Hardtop Sedan deVille

Image: 1969 Cadillac Coupe deVille

Coupe deVille

Image: 1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible

DeVille Convertible

Image: 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan

Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan

Image: 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Fleetwood Brougham

Image: 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Sedan and Limousine

Fleetwood Seventy-Five Sedan and Limousine