Cadillac Fleetwood History 1971

Cadillac Fleetwood Models & History  1971

Fleetwood Sixty-Special: The Sixty-Special was now a one model line, including only the Brougham sedan. It came with standard extras like Automotive Level Control; adjustable reading lights; Two-Way power adjustment Dual Comfort front seat and a padded vinyl top. New exterior styling was seen along with several new trim features. The windows were cut nearly into the roof in semi-limousine fashion and had softly rounded corners. Vertically angled rectangular coach lamps were a common option incorporated into the rear roof pillar. A broad rocker panel trim plate, with rear extension, was used. The Fleetwood name was block lettered on the front fenders, behind the wheel opening and on the righthand side of the rear deck lid. The new window styling included a wide pillar separating the front and rear door glass.

Fleetwood Seventy-five: The long-wheelbase Fleetwoods came with everything found on deVilles (except front center arm rest in the limousine) plus Automatic Level Control; Automatic Climate Control; rear window defogger; four rear ash trays; and a manual righthand outside rear view mirror. Externally, they had the new Cadillac styling and window treatments similar to those described for the Sixty-Special. However, the rear roof pillar could be custom finished in several different ways, including triangular “coach” windows or vinyl covered “blind quarter” looks. Ornamentation included the traditional Fleetwood laurel wreath crests and lettering, plus thin horizontal belt moldings. However, no rocker sill strips, panels or extension moldings were used. And, of course, the limousine had the doors cut into the roof, special upholstery appointments and a driver’s partition with adjustable division window.

Model Name Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type Seating Factory price Shipping weight Production total
Fleetwood Sixty-Special 71-681 68169P 4-dr Brougham 6 pass. $7763 4910 lb 15,200
Fleetwood Seventy-Five 71-697 69723R 4-dr Sedan 6 pass. $11,869 5335 lb 752
Fleetwood Seventy-Five 71-697 69733S 4-dr Limousine 9 pass. $12,008 5475 lb 848
Fleetwood Seventy-Five 71-698 6989Z Commercial chassis $- – lb 2014


Engine type Overhead valves. Cast iron block
Main bearings Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic
Displacement 472 cubic inches (7.7 litres)
Bore and stroke 4.300 x 4.060 inches (109 mm x 103 mm)
Compression ratio 8.8:1
Brake horsepower (gross SAE) 375 at 4400 rpm
Torque 525 ft. lbs @3000 rpm
Oil pressure 35-40 psi
Carburetor Rochester four-barrel Quadrajet Model 4MV


Model Wheelbase Overall length Tires
Commercial chassis 157.5 in L-78 x 15
Seventy-Five 151.5 in 247.3 in
Sixty-special 133 in 228.8 in
Eldorado 126.3 221.6 in
All others 130 in 225.8 in

Controlled differential $58


Automatic Climate Control $537
Cruise control $95
Rear window defogger $32
Door edge guards in 4-door $10
Power door locks for 75s $118
Front and rear floor mats twin type in 75s $10
Twin type floor mats 60s $17
Soft Ray tinted glass $59
Guidematic $51
Lamp monitors $50
License frame(s) $6/1; $12/2
Remote control right mirror $26
Brougham and 75 opera lamps $53
Firemist paint $132
AM/FM pushbutton Radio $138
AM/FM signal-seeking stereo Radio $328
AM/FM radio with tape $416
AM/FM stereo signal-seeking with rear control in 75s $421
Brougham Six-Way seat $92
Six-Way seat in Brougham with passenger Dual-Comfort in Brougham $118
Shoulder belts in rear seat $32
Tilt and Telescope steering wheel $95
Brougham sun roof with vinyl or padded roof mandatory $626
Remote control trunk lock $58
Trunk mat $8
Twilight Sentinel $41
Expanded leather upholstery in Brougham $174
White sidewall L78-15 tires in 75s $49