How often does one get to see a 40 year old car in its original environment, seemingly untouched by the passage of time?
Seeing this 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham parked on a driveway near Washington, DC’s Embassy Row made this question stick in my head. Readily identifiable by its 1977-only taillights, this Fleetwood Brougham from the first year of downsizing represents what I consider to be one of Cadillac’s high water marks, combining the right-sized 1977 GM full size body with the highest mechanical specification that Cadillac would offer until its traditional cars faded into irrelevance in the 1990s: four wheel disc brakes, rear sway bar (visible below the axle, of course), and optional fuel injection to feed the proven Cadillac big block engine, reduced to 425 cubic inches for the downsized 1977 models.
A 1977-79 Fleetwood Brougham equipped this way was one of the last gasps of Cadillac being the Standard of the World. This 1977 Fleetwood Brougham in the triple black of a car for VIPs, original looking down to its body-colored wheel covers, looks completely at home here, a car for a man or woman of means who could be either behind the wheel or behind a chauffeur, equally comfortably. Whoever owns it is a serious fan of Cadillac with excellent taste.