Back in August 2022, GM Authority covered Legacy EV’s 1966 Cadillac Coupe dEVille, an all-electric take on Caddy’s iconic Coupe de Ville lineup. Now, that same 1966 de Ville will be posted for auction at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event.
Sporting a sexy white exterior on red interior color scheme, this 1966 Coupe de Ville is a custom piece of art that took Legacy EV over eight months to complete. Interestingly, this “electro-mod” retains a majority of the original interior and exterior styling.
By far the most striking aspect of this Cadillac is the drivetrain. The original carbureted 7.0L V8 gasoline engine was been swapped for three electric motors outputting a total of 394 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque. For reference, the original powerplant developed 340 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
A 55 kWh NMC lithium-ion battery pack provides the electrons, while a two-speed automatic transmission trades places with the original three-speed automatic to route the power to the ground.
Another notable characteristic of this 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville is the stance. The stock chassis, control arms and spindles are mated to 20-inch EVOD wheels, while an Airlift suspension setup allows for the perfect ride height in any condition.
“This was as much a passion project for our team, as it was a showcase of how to transform a gas-guzzling American classic into an electric vehicle,” Legacy EV CEO and Founder Rob Ward was quoted as stating. “We were particularly careful to maintain the Cadillac’s original design as we navigated the complexities of fitting a modern-day powerplant made of motors and lithium batteries into a vehicle that’s almost 60 years old. What our team accomplished with ‘dEVille’ is nothing short of incredible and I’m honored to have it cross the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction block.”
First built for SEMA 2021, this 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville “electro-mod” will be up for grabs with no reserve on January 26th, 2024 at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. Regardless of some folks’ opinions on EV-converted rides, it’s hard to deny that this Caddy is anything but special.