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RealRides of WNY #2405 - 1977 Versailles

November 7, 2022

RealRides of WNY #2405 - 1977 Versailles


Once Cadillac introduced the Seville back in 1975 (based largely on the Chevy Nova platform), you knew it wouldn’t be long before a similar car emerged from Dearborn. The 1977 Lincoln Versailles was supposed to be their answer to the Seville. The mid-size Cadillac had sales of over 16,000 in its shortened first model year, and nearly 44,000 for MY 1976. Surprisingly (or was it?), the Seville was both the smallest in size and the most expensive in price (save the limousines) of Cadillac’s 1975 lineup. So of course, when the Versailles debuted two years later (based even more largely on the Ford Granada than the Seville was on the Nova), it was the costliest Lincoln at $11,500 (compared to a measly $9,636 for a four-door Continental Town Car). The Seville knocked the lights out of the Versailles in sales (for MY 1977: 45,060 to 15,434), and the small Lincoln disappeared after the 1980 model year. We saw today’s RealRide a few weeks ago at a Cars and Coffee event in Williamsville.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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