Cadillac Models & History 1965


The Calais Series replaced the Sixty-Two line for 1965, as one of numerous Cadillac changes. A broader, more unified grille and vertically mounted headlamps featured the styling improvements. The Cadillac tailfin was said to be gone, but symmetrical rear fender forms tapered to very thin edges, top and bottom, giving a very traditional visual impression. Curved side windows with frameless glass were new and convertibles had tempered glass backlights (i.e., rear windows). Last seen in 1956, the standard wheelbase pillared sedan made a return this year. Perimeter frame construction allowed repositioning of engines six inches forward in the frame, thus lowering transmission humps and increasing interior room. Standard Calais equipment was comprised of the following:

  • power brakes
  • power steering
  • automatic transmission
  • dual backup lights
  • windshield washers and dual speed wipers
  • full wheel discs
  • remote controlled outside rear view mirror
  • visor vanity mirror
  • oil filter
  • five tubeless black tires
  • heater
  • defroster
  • lamps for luggage, glove and rear passenger compartments
  • cornering lights
  • front and rear seat safety belts.


Model Number Style Number Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
65-682 68257-G 2-door Hardtop Coupe 6 5059 4435 12,515
65-682 68239-N 4-door Hardtop Sedan 6 5247 4500 13,975
65-682 68269-K 4-door Sedan 6 5247 4490 7,721


Type V-8 Overhead valves
Block Cast iron block
Displacement 429 cubic inches
Bore and stroke 4.13 x 4.00 inches
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Brake horsepower 340 @ 4600 rpm
Bearings Five main bearings
Valve Lifters Hydraulic valve lifters
Carburetor Carter AFB four-barrel, model 3903S.


Wheelbase 129.5 inches.
Overall length 224 inches.
Front tread 62.5 inches.
Rear tread 62.5 inches.
Automatic level control standard where indicated in text.
A new engine mounting system and patented quiet exhaust were used.
Tires 8.00 x 15.


Air conditioner $495.
Bucket seats with console in F-J-B models with leather upholstery $188.
Controlled differential $54.
Cruise Control $97.
Door guards on two-door models $4; on four-door models: $7.
Soft Ray tinted glass $52.
Delete-option heater and defroster $97 credit.
Leather upholstery on J-B-L models $141.
License plate frame $6.
Padded roof on J model $124; on B or L models: $140.
Left-hand four-way power bucket seat on F-J-B models $54.
Power door locks on G-F-J models $46; on N-K-B-L models: $70.
Power headlight control $51.
Six-way power front seat on G-N-K models $113; on F-J-B-L models: $85.
Power window regulators on G-N-K models $119.
Power vent window regulator option $73.
Radio with rear speaker $165.
Radio with rear speaker and remote control $246.
AM/FM radio $191.
Rear seat belts $18.
Front seat belt delete-option $17 credit.
Adjustable steering wheel $91.
Remote control trunk lock $53.
Twilight Sentinel $57.
Five white sidewall tires 9.00 x 15 size with four-ply construction $57 exchange.