Calais Cadillac History 1965

Calais Cadillac Models & History 1965

TheCalais 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 152mm 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 No. Style No. Body Type Seat Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
65-682 68257-G

2-door Hardtop Coupe

6 $5059 2016 kg 12,515
65-682 68239-N

4-door Hardtop Sedan

6 $5247 2045 kg 13,975
65-682 68269-K

4-door Sedan

6 $5247 2041 kg 7,721


Type V-8 Overhead valves
Block Cast iron block
Displacement 7 Liter
Bore and stroke 104.9mm x 101.6mm
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Brake horsepower 340 hp @ 4600 rpm
Power 255 kW @ 4600 rpm
Bearings Five main bearings
Valve Lifters Hydraulic valve lifters
Carburetor Carter AFB four-barrel, model 3903S


Wheelbase 3289mm
Overall length 5690mm
Front tread 1588mm
Rear tread 1588mm
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