Cadillac Tail Fins 1970-1976

Cadillac Tail Fins 1970-1976 – The King of the Tail Fins most challenging decade since the Great Depression of the 1930s was the 1970s. Federal safety and emissions regulation, energy crisis, stagflation, imports and consumer tastes were the main reasons for slow automobile sales in the 1970s. However, Cadillac still reigned supreme as America’s luxury favorite and the tail fins were there up to 1976.


1970 Cadillac Tail Fins
1970 Cadillac Tail Fins

Compared to the 1969 Cadillac the 1970 Cadillac received only minor touch ups. A new grille and new tail lamps on familiar tail fins.


1971 Cadillac Tail Fins
1971 Cadillac Tail Fins

The 1971 Cadillac was smoother and had more massive contours for the standard line. And the tail fins are still seen on all 1971 Cadillac’s.


1972 Cadillac Tail Fins
1972 Cadillac Tail Fins

The 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville had a 130 inch wheelbase and was over 225 inches long. This generation was the last of the giants but not the last of the tail fins.


1973 Cadillac Tail Fins
1973 Cadillac Tail Fins

Large Cadillac luxury car sales slipped with the 1973-1974 oil embargo. Higher gas prices meant that luxury cars would have to be smaller. Cadillac sizes were sizes and sales were down but Cadillac tail fins were up again for 1973.


1974 Cadillac Tail Fins
1974 Cadillac Tail Fins

A major restyling of the gas crunch era 1974 Cadillac’s occured this year. A new wide grille, dual round headlights, rear fender sides were flatter and vertical bumper ends with built in tail lights were just some of the features.


1975 Cadillac Tail Fins
1975 Cadillac Tail Fin

Styling changes for the 1975 Cadillac included dual square hearlights lenses flanked by rectangular cornering lights and grille. Outback was a large bumper, vertical tail lights and tail fins.


1976 Cadillac Tail Fins
1976 Cadillac Tail Fin

1976 was the last year of the Cadillac tail fins. Cadillac was King of the American luxury car market and King of the Tail Fins for almost 30 years. Long live the King.