Calais Cadillac History 1972

Calais Cadillac Models & History  1972

n 1972, General Motors kept busy with the task of re-engineering its cars to conform to new fuel and safety standards established by Federal Government mandate. There was little time to pay attention to altering appearances and few styling changes were seen in the latest Cadillacs. A modest frontal revision placed more emphasis on horizontal grille blades. The parking lamps were moved from the bumper to between the square bezeled headlamps, which were now set wider apart. V-shaped emblems made a return appearance on the hood and deck lid.

1972 Cadillac

A number of equipment changes were seen. As usual (since 1967) the list of Calais features started with all regulation safety devices, to which was added variable ratio power steering; dual power brakes with front discs; automatic transmission; power windows; all courtesy and warning lights; a new bumper impact system; three-speed wipers and windshield washers; visor vanity mirror; two front cigar lighters; automatic parking brake release; front center arm rest; passenger assist straps; side marker and cornering lights; the 472 cubic inch four-barrel V-8; flow-through ventilation; and five L78-15 black sidewall bias belted tires. Externally, the Calais was identified by front fender model scripts; tin horizontal belt moldings; fender skirts; full wheel covers; and a script on the right side of the trunk.


Model Name Model No. Body/ Style No. Body Type Seating Factory price Shipping weight Production total
Calais 682/C C49-N

4-dr HT Sedan Calais

6 pass. $5938 4698 lb 3875
Calais 682/C C47-G

2-dr HT Coupe Calais

6 pass. $5771 4642 lb 3900


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 8.5:1
Brake horsepower (net SAE) 220 @ 4400 rpm
Brake horsepower (gross SAE) 345 @ 4400 rpm
Torque 365 ft. lbs @2400 rpm
Oil pressure 35 psi
Carburetor Rochester four-barrel Quadrajet Model 4MV


Model Wheelbase Overall length Tires
Calais & Deville 130 in 229 in L-78 x 15


Cruise control $92
Controlled differential $56
Eighty-Amp generator $41
Heavy-duty cooling system $56
Exhaust emission system, required on all cars built for California sale $15
Trailer Towing package $92
Trackmaster $205


Automatic Climate Control $523
Automatic Level Control $77
Rear window defogger $31
Door edge guards in 2-door $6
Door edge guards in 4-door $9
Power door locks $69
Power door locks with electric seat back release in coupes $69
Dual Comfort seat in DeVille $103
Twin type floor mats $16
Soft Ray tinted glass $57
Bumper impact strips $24
License frame(s) $6/1; $11/2
Remote control right mirror $26
Firemist paint $128
AM/FM pushbutton Radio $183
AM/FM signal-seeking stereo Radio $320
AM/FM radio with tape $406
Full vinyl padded top for DeVille, including “halo” on Coupe DeVille $152
Power seat options $89-115
Shoulder belts in rear seat $31
Tilt and Telescope steering wheel $92
DeVille sun roof with vinyl or padded roof mandatory $610
Remote control trunk lock $56
Trunk mat $8
Twilight Sentinel $40
Expanded vinyl Calais upholstery $41
Expanded leather upholstery in DeVille $169
White sidewall L78-15 tires $41