The 1975 Cadillac Seville was a compromise car, and it looked the part. An enormous car by today’s standards, back then it was a relatively small car designed to compete with European luxury sedan. The West was still reeling from the Oil Crisis of ’73, so fuel economy was on everyone’s mind; this Cadillac was offered in partly in response to it. On the inside, you would not have believed that you were in a so-called ‘budget Cadillac’. All the amenities and luxuries its customers were accustomed to were still there (power everything, in short) and the car also featured a computer that calculated gas mileage. Sounds like a knee-jerk gimmick when its the only thing the computer does, but it was appreciated nonetheless.
In terms of performance, you would have been correct in not expecting too much. The car moved its bulk thanks to a 5.7-liter small-block V8 (350) borrowed from Oldsmobile, which produced 170 horsepower. Top speed was a respectable 115 mph, and 0-60 acceleration, 11.5 seconds. None of these numbers are particularly pathetic, but with a 5.7-liter driving the back wheels, you’d be entitled to expect a little more.
Now I’ll insert my two cents: I think the 1975 Cadillac Seville is a very ordinary-looking car. In fact, I would have been hard-pressed to say that it was a Cadillac and not an early-80s Chevrolet or Oldsmobile. Cadillac cars are expected to be large, luxurious and extravagant. Nobody buying a Cadillac should be worrying about the price of gas! GM killed off Cadillac’s soul when it forced it into smaller, more ordinary bodies shared with other divisions, and it’s only today that they are (somewhat) getting it back. Don’t screw it up, GM.