Elvis driving his 1976 Seville. (Fred McMurray and Betty White had Sevilles also)

Pictures of various Seville conversions are at the bottom of this web page.


Expensive but they have just about everything.  Phone (818) 225-7778  
USA Parts Supply.  Limited listing of 76-79 Seville parts but a good list of emblems.  Use the on line catalog or they will mail you a paper catalog.
Haartz Convertible Top "A Restorer's Guide".  Haartz provided the original convertible tops for the Milans
Autolit...good place for Seville factory brochures, to include Seville conversions
Misc Seville Parts
Parts auctions and general information about 76-79 Sevilles
Discussion on converting from fuel injection to carb on 350 Olds motor

1976-1979 Seville: The starting point for the Milan Roadster

  The Seville, introduced in 1975, was Cadillac's answer to the rising popularity of  luxury imports in the U.S. , such as Merceds-Benz and BMW.  Historically, these imported luxury cars had been cheaper, less luxurious and significantly smaller than Cadillacs. Over time they had evolved, becoming quite luxurious and even more expensive than the much larger Cadillacs. As the market share of these imports continued to climb, it became obvious that the traditional American automotive paradigm of "bigger equals better" was no longer in full effect in the marketplace. The Seville became the smallest and most expensive model in the lineup, turning Cadillac's traditional marketing and pricing strategy upside down.

Initially based on the rear-wheel drive  X-body platform that underpinned the Chevrolet Nova (a unibody with a bolt-on subframe, common to both GM X and F bodies), the Seville's unibody and chassis were extensively re-engineered and upgraded with the unique designation "K-body".  Cadillac stylists added a crisp, angular body that set the tone for GM styling for the next decade, along with a wide-track stance giving car a substantial, premium appearance. A wide chrome grille flanked by quadruple rectangular headlamps with narrow parking and signal lamps just below filled the header panel, while small wrap-around rectangular tail lamps placed at the outermost corners of the rear gave the appearance of a lower, leaner, and wider car.

Seville engineers chose the X-body platform instead of the German Opel Diplomat in response to GM's budget restrictions—GM executives felt reengineering an Opel would be more costly than the corporate X-car. Another proposal during the development of the Seville was a front-wheel drive layout similar to the Cadillac Eldorado.  This proposal also met with budget concerns since the transaxle used for the Eldorado was produced on a limited basis solely for E-body (Eldorado/Toronado) production.

This was the first time Cadillac began engineering one of its vehicles based on components previously used in a Chevrolet model.

Introduced in mid-1975 and billed as the new "internationally-sized" Cadillac, the Seville was almost 1,000 pounds (450 kg) lighter than the full-sized Deville. The Seville was thus more nimble and easier to park, as well as remaining attractive to customers with the full complement of Cadillac features. More expensive than every other Cadillac model at $12,479, the Seville was successful in the marketplace. It spawned several imitators, including as the Lincoln Versailles, and later the Chrysler LeBaron/Fifth Avenue. To ensure the quality of the initial production run of Sevilles, the first 2,000 units produced were identical in color (Georgian silver) and equipment. This enabled workers to "ramp up" to building different configurations.

Early Sevilles produced between April 1975 (a total of 16,355) to the close of the 1976 model year were the first Cadillacs to use the smaller GM wheel bolt pattern (5 lugs with a 4.75 in (121 mm) bolt circle; the 2003–present XLR also uses this pattern). The first Sevilles shared only a strict minority of components with the engineering starting point, the GM X-Body. The rear drums measured 11 in (280 mm) and were similar to the ones used with the Nova 9C1 (police option) and A-body (Chevelle, Cutlass,  Regal,  LeMans) intermediate station wagons. Starting with the 1977 model year, production Sevilles used the larger 5 lug — 5 inch bolt circle common to full-size Chevrolet passenger cars (1971–76), Cadillacs, Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, and 1/2 ton Chevrolet/GMC light trucks and vans. It also received rear disc brakes, a design which would surface a year later as an option on the F-body Pontiac Trans Am.

The engine was an Oldsmobile-sourced 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8, fitted with Bendix/Bosch electronically controlled fuel injection. This system gave the Seville smooth drivability and performance that was usually lacking in other domestic cars of this early emissions control era. Power output was 180hp and performance was restrained,  with zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) taking 11.5 seconds. A diesel 350 cu in (5.7 L) LF9 V8 was added in 1978, but that engine was  poor in both performance and reliability.

Since its introduction, the Cadillac Seville had become the darling of the after market automotive custom industry. By 1979, there was a two-door convertible, a four-door sedan stretch, a two-door, two-passenger opera coupe, and a Gucci Seville that came with a full set of Gucci luggage in the trunk.

More on Cadillac Seville First Generation

The first generation of the Cadillac Seville was seen from 1976 until 1979 and was first based on the GM X body platform, which was a rear wheel drive platform. This was the same platform that was used for the Chevy Nova. Cadillac added a more stylized body to the vehicle that made the Seville stand out, though the platform had been used before. The German Opel Diplomat was also an option, but Cadillac ultimately chose the X body platform because of budget concerns. In the beginning, the Seville was almost identical to the Nova, right down to the brakes and the lug nuts. It wasn’t until the 1977 model that Cadillac changed up the Seville so that it had different lugs as well as new rear brakes. Luckily for the Cadillac division of General Motors, the Seville was a hit with consumers despite its very expensive first model, costing almost $12,500!

This first generation of the Seville was powered by a 5.7 liter V8 engine that boasted a Bendix/Bosch electronically controlled fuel injection system. This type of fuel injection was attractive to consumers because it gave the Seville silky handling and performance. The engine was the source of 180 horsepower and could accelerate from 0 to 60 in 11.5 seconds. Cadillac added a 5.7 liter V8 engine in 1978 that was diesel powered, but it was never known as a reliable engine or one that could perform.

Seville VIN's

1976: 6S69R6Qxxxxxx
6  GM Cadillac division  S  Seville ('K' body)  69  4dr sedan  R  350 EFI  6  1976  Q  Detroit, Mich  xxxxxx  Starting from 450001 

1977: 6S69R7Qxxxxxx
6  GM Cadillac division  S  Seville ('K' body)  69  4dr sedan  R  350 EFI  7  1977  Q  Detroit, Mich; Starting from 450001

1978: 6S69B8Qxxxxxx 
6  GM Cadillac Division  S  Seville ('K' body)  69  4dr sedan  B 350 EFI (standard or N 350 Diesel)  8  1978  Q  Detroit, Mich ; Starting from 450001

1979: 6S69B99xxxxxx 
6  GM Cadillac division  S  Seville ('K' body)  69  4dr sedan  B 350 EFI (standard or N 350 Diesel)  9  1979  9  Detroit, Mich; Starting from 450001

Seville Factory Option Wire Wheels (Standard on 78-79 Seville Elgante)

Notes from Seller: 4 Cadillac Wire Spoke Wheels 15" x 6", 5 on 5 lug pattern. These Cadillac Wire Spoke Wheels will fit a Cadillac Seville or a  Deville or most any Rear Wheel Drive vehicle with a 5 on 5" Bolt Pattern. Original Cadillac Center Caps. This Set of 4 Cadillac Wire Spoke Wheels are used and not show quality.  These 4 wire wheels with centercaps sold for $600 plus shipping in April 2010.

 These Wire Wheels are GM part number 1612486. Made in England, X511, 15 x 6JJ x 13 , B 8 J, SW. This set of Cadillac wheels included the four centercaps with the Cadillac emblem. This factory option was offered on the Seville in 1978 and 1979.  The wire wheel hubcap (Part number 1622896) was available on the '76 - '79 Sevilles.  The part number for a wire wheel for a Deville or Fleetwood is 9590524.

[These wheels will be on my 79 Milan.

Seville E&G Aftermarket Classic Grille

 A number of Seville convertibles have these aftermarket grilles.  Some grilles have an E&G emblem stamped on them on the center of the grille under the hood ornament.  This appears to be a Cadillac dealer aftermarket grille, as it does not have the E&G emblem on it. Some Simi Valley Milans have a custom Milan installed fiberglass hood and a stainless steel grille.  This grille was on ebay for $150 with shipping.  Other Sevilles have a aftermarket CS Classic Seville emblem on the grille

Seville Digital Quartz Clock

Dash will have a silver Seville emblem on a black background if the clock was not installed.

Seville Trip Computer

 The Cadillac Trip Computer was a unique optional feature available only during the 1978 and 1979 model years at a cost of $870 in 1978 and $920 in 1979. This option replaced the two standard needle-type speedometer and fuel gauges with an electronic digital readout for the speedometer and remaining fuel, as well as a digital LED clock to the right of the AC vent.  The trip computer included numerous calculations at the touch of a button on a small panel located to the right of the steering wheel. These included miles to empty, miles per gallon, and a destination arrival time (which needed to be programmed by the driver, to estimate arrival time based on miles remaining).  The Am FM 8 Track radio was a seperate option.  The adjuster for the right side mirror was moved to under the dash. 

Though proceeded by the British 1976
Aston Martin Lagonda sedan, Seville was the first American automobile to offer full electronic instrumentation.

Seville Digital Instrument Cluster

Seville digital dash only came as part of the trip computer option (See above).  Note that the fuel guage shown in the upper left corner was also digitized.

Seville Cadillac Factory Installed CB Radio

For all you good buddies who kept the dirty side down and your 10-20 from Smokey, 10-4.

1979 Seville Owner's Manual

Complete set of 1979 GM manuals to include the owner's manual, gasoline engine maintenance schedule, radio guide, and consumer information detailing the warranty.


This guide is available on line at the below website:

Since these cars all had the 70s Cad fuel injection, you might want to be aware of my PHOTOBUCKET with albums on maintaining these systems. (that is a lower case "L"71, not an upper case "i"71) click on an Album click on a picture to enlarge + description
[thanx bcroe - tommy]

1979 Cadillac Service Information

This manual includes the full line of Cadillacs (including Seville) in this model for 1979. It covers the chassis, mechanical and electrical. It has sections on engine, transmission, suspension, driveline, brakes, etc. Text (usually accompanied by diagrams or illustrations) explains how to disassemble, repair and reassemble the various components and frequently gives troubleshooting information. This book is often available on ebay. The body is included in a separate Fisher Body Manual shown below.

 1979 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac Fisher Body Service Manual

Fisher Body Shop Manual covers all the 1979 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac passenger car bodies. It includes sections on the underbody, front end, doors, rear quarters, roof, seats, body, electrical (with diagrams), exterior moldings, convertible top, etc. Text, usually accompanied by diagrams or illustrations, contains the essential removal, installation, adjustment and maintenance procedures.  Often avaialble on ebay.

1976-80 Cadillac Chassis and Body Parts Catalog

This is an illustrated parts catalog for 1976-1980 Cadillacs. It includes body and chassis, text and illustration for each and every part for these cars. The text section gives you the part number, common name and application. [My catalog covers 1976-1981-tommy]

Seville websites for additional information on the 1976-1979 Seville

    1979 Mercedes 450 SL and 1979 Milan Roadster

        The Milan was designed as an alternative to the Mercedes SL      
                The dimensions and weight of both cars were similar 

From Popular Mechanics, Return of the Roadster, July, 1979: 
     There are many other firms [besides Coach Design Group's Seville San Remo] doing conversions, including another on the Seville done by Milan Coach Builders in Simi Valley, CA, who make a two-door Seville convertible on a shortened chassis with a hand-operated soft top.  The styling is a little bizarre, but with 700 pounds less weight [than the San Remo], the Milan has more performance, better mileage and-best of all- a price tag in the $30,000 range.  [San Remos cost $45,000 to over $60,000 in 1978-1979 and were the main competition to the Milan-tommy]

San Remo by Coach Design Group...Conversions were done in California from 1978-1979.  All San Remos had a back seat and were built to compete with the RR Corniche, hence the better fit and finish than the Milan.  Over 500 Milans were sold while only about 29 San Remos were built.

San Remo Convertible
Coach Design Group (USA), Marketed by Ogner Motors Ltd also built a 2-door Seville coupe  for the Hillcrest Motor Car Co of Beverly Hills, CA. It was also designated  the San Remo, like the convertible.  Convertible came in base and Ultima trim.

Unmodified Seville 350 cubic inch fuel injected motor with rear wheel drive with both front and rear seats.  The custom nose and rear end were unique to these vehicles. Approximately 29 built with only 12 known to still exist intact.,+Original+Miles/72850

Auto Classic (Produced in Mexico in 1978)
Only other company that made a Seville Roadster Convertible on a shortened frame.  Cars have a plate stamped: THIS VEHICLE WAS ALTERED BY AUTO CLASSIC, S.A., MEXICALLI, B.C., MEX.  Per Milan Daniel, Auto Classic in Mexico used Milan kits to make their Seville roadsters.  Milan Daniel set up the facility in Mexico and supplied them with kits, parts and jigs to build the Milan Roadster.  These cars did NOT have Milan fender emblems.

See below and the 1976 Milan web page for more information on this car.

American Specialties Corp

2 Door Coupe made by American Specialties Corp

Casino by Carelli

Seville Casino Coupe. Note the rear window behind the door.  Fog lamps replaced the grille openings under the front bumper.

Custom Coach Co. 

Custom Coach Co [Dick and Tony Baker] (Lima, OH, USA)  The father and son team began to make a name for themselves in 1977 when they converted a number of that year's Eldorado coupes to convertibles.  The pair continued into 1978 and, again in 1979. Here is their convertible conversion of a 1979 Seville.  This conversion had a back seat.

Elegante - Cadillac Factory Option

This was a Cadillac factory option. The "Elegante" package included two-tone paint, perforated leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and real wire wheels.  A trip computer was also offered as an option. 
Years Available: 1978-1979 (for this body style; Elegante was also available on the 1980-1987 Sevilles, after which it was dropped as an option)
Paint (1979): 90 - Slate Firemist and 19 - Sable Black; Accent Paint Stripe: K - Black or F - Red; Interior: 133 - Slate Gray

Price: $2,735 Elegante option; $3,663 Elegante option with Sunroof; $3,873 Elegante option with Astroroof

Production: 1979 would be the last year for the first generation Seville, so changes for the year were very minor. This is even more true for the Seville Elegante, which was almost identical to the model sold the previous year. Only one color scheme would be offered for 1979, a gray/black combination. The Platinum Metallic color on the sides of the car for 1978 was replaced with a new 1979 color, Slate Gray Firemist. The accent paint stripes could now be ordered in either black or red.

The Elegante interior for '79 was a carbon copy of  '78, but was now called Slate Gray as well. A new, super luxurious Tangier carpeting was fitted, which simulated fine fur. All of the Cadillac options offered for 1979 were also available for the Elegante, with the exception of opera lights. The Elegante also received Seville's retuned ride characteristics, as well as new body mounts.

Moloney Coachbuilders EM Conversion

Moloney Coachbuilders "Seville EM Conversion Long Wheelbase":  Stretched wheelbase for more rear legroom.  Conversion done in Illinois 1976-1979.

Grandeur Opera Coupe

Made by Grandeur Motor Corporation.  They came in a hard top two door coupe and four door sedan as well as a 2 door convertible.  All had fake spare tires in the front fenders.

Gucci - International Automotive Design, INC.

1978-1979 Cadillac Seville Designed by Gucci:

Years available:
1978-1979 (continued through the second generation 1985 Seville model year)
Paint: 1978 - Cotillion White (11), Sable Black (19), or Demitasse Brown (64); 1979 - Cotillion White (11), Sable Black (19), or Post Road Brown (69)
Interior: 1978 - Antique Medium Saddle Leather (602); 1979 - Antique Saddle Leather (603)
Production: 1978 - Unknown; 1979 - Approximately 200
Price: 1978 - $19,900; 1979 - $22,900

Lincoln had Bill Blass, Cartier, Givenchy, and Pucci...and Cadillac had Gucci. Introduced in 1978, the Limited Edition Gucci Seville wasn't a factory model built by Cadillac, nor were they authorized to be sold by Cadillac dealers. The Gucci Seville was the product of International Automotive Design (IAD) Incorporated. Based in Miami, Florida the company built the cars during the 1978 and 1979 model years. In collaboration with Aldo Gucci, these special Sevilles left the factory as stock production vehicles without the padded vinyl roof and were delivered to a Cadillac dealer in Miami. They were then painted in one of the three colors offered, white, black, or dark brown. Inside, Saddle-colored leather upholstery was fitted, and virtually every optional feature was included as well, except for the Diesel Engine. In an endorsement of the project, Aldo Gucci wrote, "The Gucci styling we have created for this car is designed to give a fortunate few owners a rare possession of distinction, beauty and ultimate luxury." He further indicated that designing the car had been one of the most challenging and intriguing projects he had ever undertaken. No doubt inspired to some degree by the Designer Series Continental Marks that had been introduced in 1976 and had grown in popularity in the years since, these cars were a unique fusion of Detroit styling and the high fashion world of designer fabrics, colors, patterns, and other details. Included below is a complete list of the unique features and touches that made the Gucci Seville a car apart from all others.
  • Gold GG hood ornament
  • Gold GG emblems on wire wheel covers
  • Gold GG and horse bit design on front fenders
  • Gold Gucci family crest on outside roof panels
  • Green/red/green Gucci stripe on both sides of the automobile
  • Green/red/green Gucci stripe across the rear deck lid
  • Gold block letters spell out GUCCI on the left side of the rear deck lid
  • Vinyl roof with exclusive Gucci GG design material
  • Gucci GG design material to match vinyl roof on armrests, headrests, headliner, and floor mats
  • Gold Gucci nameplate on steering wheel center hub
  • Gold Gucci GG on inside pillar posts
  • Gucci signature on dashboard
  • Complete set of Gucci luggage in the trunk (5 pieces)
All of the Gucci crests, nameplates, and emblems were 24K gold plated and imported from Florence, Italy. Of the three colors available, Cotillion White was the most popular. The material used on the vinyl roof and interior components featured the Gucci interlocking G design. The interior material has held up well over the years, but the material used to cover the rear section of the roof has demonstrated some susceptibility to deterioration from exposure to the sun.

Unfortunately, the gold plated items that were provided as part of this after market package are highly desirable to unscrupulous individuals, and many cars are either missing some or all of the gold plated items. In some instances, those items have been removed by the owner and placed in safe keeping, replaced with standard Cadillac parts.

The June 1979 Motor Trend has a short article on this car.

Pierre Cardin 1979

CADILLAC (Seville), "Les Cadillacs de Pierre Cardin": Information from marketing materials: 6 page non-color folder, 9x8. Gray cover with black and silver lettering. Folder opens to 9x24 layout with three photographs showing Cadillac Seville 4-Door Sedan and Sedan and Coupe DeVille conversions by Pierre Cardin, with discussion. Reverse side has two photographs showing Cadillac emblem, grille with Pierre Cardin nameplate and models getting out of a Cadillac by Cardin, with discussion

Tomaso Coupe by Tomaso of America, Inc; Little Rock, AR

Cadillac Seville Tomaso. 
Owner States: 1979 Cadillac Seville Tomaso Coupe. Only 42 were built.

June 1979 Motor Trend states: Seville Tomaso Coupe has 20 inches removed from its midsection, with a cut made to the frame directly behind the front doors, resulting in a wheelbase of 94.3 inches.  This reformation has an angle-iron backed 18-guage steel roof, sail panels and quarter panels.  Curb weight is still over 4,000 pounds, but the car is lowered slightly and includes a re-tuned suspension system.  The Tomaso is available only through participating Cadillac dealers, who then arrange for drop shipping the stock vehicle to Arkansas.

Webasto International Sunroof Corp

 Year: 1977  -  CADILLAC (Webasto International Sunroof Corp.), "The Cadillac Seville Renaissance by Wisco Corporation": 2 page (single-side printed) color sheet, 9x11. White sheet, with black lettering and black and white Wisco emblem, has three photographs showing side view of blue Cadillac Seville conversion by Wisco, Traditional front end and radiator shell styling and Classic rear wheel treatment. Comes with blue sheet which describes conversion features and lists base price and prices for options.


CAPAC, Mich. -- Carl Scholz runs a successful salvage business here in this quiet farming town of close to 2,000 residents. But the longtime auto enthusiast, racer and collector is careful to keep his prized cars and trucks on the safe side of the chain link and board fences that corral vehicles and items slated for destruction.

"I like cars that are different," says Scholz. "I try to have something no one else has." Like the 1986 Cadillac Seville that started life as a four-door sedan and today is a coupe that had a visitor who wandered into the storage building do a double-take. "What is it - it looks familiar," he said. Familiar, but different. Several feet shorter with the former rear doors as the only ones.  Scholz says shop students in the Warren schools customized the Seville for him. "I provided the car and parts and the kids did the work," he says. "It took 10 years to complete."

79 "Milan" Coupe

Seller States: 1979 Cadillac "Milan Coupe" as it has been referred to by the shop that built it. Exterior is teal, and interior is teal as well. The work was done in 1990, and has been stored since. The car has a rebuilt Olds 350 Engine. 4bbl carb, with only 300 miles on it. There is new headliner, carpet and floor mats. Options include power seats, power windows, headlight sentinel, telescoping/tilt steering wheel, factory am/fm/8 track, air conditioning, cruise control, & vinyl top. 
Asking Price: $6,500.  This is NOT a true Milan conversion.

Seville Pickup Truck

Pick Up

76 Seville Pickup



Location: Baxter Estates, New York, United States 
Description: Evel Knievel's 1976 Caddy Seville Kustom pickup, built for Evel by George Barris & fully documented at a cost of over $50,000; teak wood bed, 350 Cad V8, AM, ps, pb, never restored since built, some paint blemishes, $28,000. 516-883-0419, days, 516-993-5050 eves, NY. $28,000

76 Seville owned by Elvis

1976 Seville with reported Presley connections; Sold at auction June 16, 2001
Elvis Presley's Cadillac Seville.  A 1976 silver and maroon Cadillac Seville, fuel injected 350 Oldsmobile,
with red leather interior, originally purchased by, and registered to, Elvis Presley. Vin No. 6S69R6Q456183 and
Title No. 4306098 The Cadillac has 60,000 on the clock. This Cadillac was given to Elvis' dentist, Dr. Hofman,
as a gift. It is accompanied by corresponding paperwork including; the car's original title signed by Elvis,
a copy of the original Elvis Presley signed affidavit transferring the title to Dr. Hofman, together with
a letter from Dr. Hofman describing the day Elvis personally delivered the car to him. The lot is also
accompanied by a photo of Elvis driving the car through the gates of Graceland together with a letter
of authenticity from the ELVIS-A-RAMA Museum.

80 Seville by Global Coach, Orlando, FL

 Owner States: 1980 Convertible Cadillac Seville Roadster  Car has a 368 engine that runs and drives fine. Asking $13,500 July 2010

81-82 Seville Convertible

Insbrook Manufacturing & Marketing, Inc. (Florida, USA) Insbrook Edition convertible coupe on a Seville chassis [although the correct pronunciation of this Austrian ski resort is "Insbrook", the correct spelling is Innsbruck]. The conversion for a full-size edition cost $14,800 and the suggested retail price was $43,900. Described as a timeless classic creation that combines the Cadillac tradition of engineering excellence and the Insbrook tradition of hand-crafted perfection. Buyers had the distinction of being one of the very select elite in the community.This manufacturer uses the same logo [stylized world globe] and general product brochure presentation as Global Coach & Armor Manufacturing, Inc., also located in Florida.  Were these companies affiliated ? Were they possibly both a part of the wider American Standard Coach Builders group?

Modified 1980(?) "Not a Milan" Seville Convertible

Not sure of the year of this Seville convertible

1975 Chevrolet Nova Milan wannabe?

The Nova chassis was the starting point for Cadillac in building the 1976-1979 Sevilles-tommy

1975 Cadillac DeVille Limo said to have belonged to General of the Army Omar Bradley

As a retired Army officer, a small tribute to the last 5 star general officer.