Deville Cadillac History 1989

Deville Cadillac Models & History 1989

Cadillac loved to confuse buyers by using similar names for their cars. The Fleetwood and Fleetwood Sixty Special were upscale front-wheel drive DeVilles; but the “Fleetwood” Brougham was a rear-wheel drive units.

Cadillac described the 1989 Fleetwood Sixty Special as a “luxuriously equipped up-level sedan with all-new styling … [and] a unique and sumptuous seating package trimmed in ultrasoft leather:” In line with the de Ville and Fleetwood models, the Sixty Special (which was available in five additional colors, or 11 in all for 1989) had numerous new exterior sheet metal and styling components. It also had the larger trunk capacity and new comfort/convenience options. A full-padded vinyl roof was standard, as well as being listed as delete option. The electroluminescent wreath and crest sail panel ornamentation standard. The Sixty Special interior featured a new exclusive Giugiaro seat trim style with “Ultrasoft” leather available in three colors. The front seat now had a unique “Split-Frame” arrangement that allowed independent vertical adjustment of the lower cushion relative to the seat back. Wider headrests were also used. The front seat’s electrically powered features now provided for triple-element lumbar supports, thigh supports, side bolsters, heated seat backs and cushions, headrests and slide-out storage drawer. The new center armrest used on the Fleetwood was also found on the Sixty Special as were the revised rear seats. The Sixty Special’s front armrest opened to the rear for rear seat access. The rear seat center armrest had a storage compartment. Map pockets were installed in the front seatbacks. Added to the Fleetwood trim was an identification plaque on the quarter panel and glovebox.


The 1989 Cadillac had a 17-symbol vehicle identification number (VIN) stamped on a metal tag attached to the upper left surface of the cowl visible through the windshield. The code was as follows:
First digit “1” represented the manufacturing country (United States)
Second digit “G” represented General Motors
Third digit “6” represented Cadillac
Fourth digit “C” de Ville and Fleetwood carline
Fifth symbol “S” Fleetwood Sixty Special series identification
Digits six and seven “47” two-door coupe
“69” four-door sedan
Eighth digit “7” 273 cu. in. V-8 engine
Ninth digit “?” a check digit
Tenth digit “K” represents the model year, 1989
Eleventh digit represents the assembly plant
Digits 12-17 the production sequence: 200000 and up


Model Series Number Body/Style Number Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
Fleetwood Sixty Special 6C S69 4-dr Sedan $34,840 3598 lb 2007


Type 90-degree, overhead valve, V-8, aluminum block and cast iron cylinder liners, cast iron cylinder heads
Displacement 273 cu. in. (4.5 liters)
Bore & Stroke 3.62 in. x 3.31 in.
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Brake horsepower 155 @ 4000 rpm
Torque 240 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm
Main bearings Five
Valve lifters Roller hydraulic valve lifters
Fuel supply Digital electronic fuel injection


Model Wheelbase Overall length Height Width Front Tread Rear Tread Standard Tires
Sixty Special 113.8 in. 205.3 in 55.0 in. 72.5 in. 60.3 in. 59.8 in. Michelin P205/70R15


  • Transmission: THM 440-T4 automatic four-speed (includes overdrive and viscous converter clutch)
  • Steering: Power-assisted rack and pinion
  • Steering Ratios: 19.1:1
  • Front Suspension: Independent MacPherson strut with coil springs, strut-type shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • Rear Suspension: Fully independent with coil springs. Automatic level control and strut-type superlift shock absorbers
  • Brakes: Power-assisted front disc/rear drum with Teves anti-lock braking system
  • Body construction: Integral body-frame
  • Fuel Tank: 18.0 US Gal.


  • Anti-lock braking, $749.25
  • engine block heater, $45
  • aluminum alloy wheel, $480
  • stylized aluminum wheels, $115
  • De Ville Option Package B, includes door edge guards, front carpeted floor mats, six-way power passenger seat: $324
  • De Ville Option Package C, includes items in Package B plus illuminated entry system, illuminated vanity mirrors, trunk lid power pull down, Twilight Sentinel: $739
  • De Ville Option Package D, includes items in Package C plus remote release fuel filler door, manual driver seat recliner, trumpet horn: $894


Option Coupe de Ville Sedan de Ville Fleetwood Coupe Fleetwood Sedan Fleetwood Sixty Special
Accent striping $75 $75 n/c n/c n/c
Anti-lock braking system $925 $925 n/c n/c n/c
Storage front armrest $70 $70 n/c n/c n/c
Astroroof $1355 $1355 $1355 $1355
California emissions and testing $100 $100 $100 $100 $100
Rear window defogger $195 $195 $195 $195 $195
Heated windshield defogger $250 $250 $250 $250 $250
Automatic door locks $185 $185 $185 $185 $185
Carpeted rear floor mats $25 $25 n/c n/c n/c
Remote release fuel filler door n/c n/c n/c
Gold ornamentation package $395 $395 $395 $395 $395
Digital instrument cluster $250 $250 n/c n/c n/c
Leather seating area $560 $560 $560 $560 n/c
Two-position driver’s side memory seat $235 $235 $235
Automatic day/night mirror $80 $80 $80 $80 $80
Firemist paint $240 $240 $240 $240 $240
Monotone lower accent color n/c n/c n/c n/c n/c
Delco-Bose sound system with cassette $576 $576 $576 $576 $576
Delco-Bose with compact disc system $872 $872 $872 $872 $872
Manual passenger seat recliner $45 $45
Power driver seat recliner $95 $95
Power passenger seat recliner $95-$410 $95-$410 $95-$410 $95- $410 $95-$410
Formal cabriolet roof $825 n/c
Full cabriolet roof $1095
Full padded vinyl roof $825 n/c n/c
Vinyl roof delete $374 $374
Leather-trimmed steering wheel $115 $115 n/c n/c n/c
Theft deterrent system $225 $225 $225 $225 $225
Trunk mat $36 $36 n/c n/c n/c
Wire locking wheel discs $365 $365 n/c n/c n/c
Aluminum alloy wheels $480 $480
Stylized aluminum wheels $115 $115 $115