The debut Auto World Premium release contained this huge Cadillac in true 1:64 scale. All six castings in the first premium release were nice but arguably this one is the favorite. The ‘76 Coupe DeVille is one of two Cadillac toolings that Auto World has released so far with the other being the 1967 Eldorado (I’ll cover it in another feature).
(Auto World Coupe DeVille on ebay)
As I write this there is another Eldorado tooling on the way and it is a 1975. The test shot of it can be seen on the Auto World Facebook page and it looks like it is going to be a winner.
For now, let’s take a look at all of the versions of this boat of a car to grace the pegs thus far. I have them all including the Ultra Red chase versions. Sadly I do not have any of the extremely rare Ultra Raw chases that are limited to 10 pieces each per release of this casting so you will have to forgive me for that.
For the very first release, we get version A in a cream color and version B in gloss black. The Ultra Red is painted the Auto World signature candy/wine/metallicish red color.
This is before Auto World put production numbers on the packaging for the premium line so I cannot tell you what they are limited to except that the Ultra Red would be the standard 3% of the total production run for the release.
I can however from experience tell you that the version A car is a lot harder to find than the black version B car. This leads me to believe that much more of the B set for this release was produced. Also note this is before Auto World numbered the releases by year. To my knowledge, these were on Walmart pegs in 2014.
(Auto World Coupe DeVille on ebay)
The next release that this tooling appeared in was 2017 Premium Release 3. Version A is in Dunbarton Green with a matching interior and white top and version B is in Instrabruck Blue Poly with a matching interior and top.
All of the Ultra Red chase cars in this release had the signature Ultra Red color on the body and had traits of the version B cars. This is why the Ultra Red of this Cadillac has a blue top and interior. The chases also had painted white bases making them easier for the novice collector to identify. Version A and B are both limited to 2500 pieces each while the Ultra Red is limited to 150 pieces.
Also in 2017, there were Toys R Us exclusive Auto World cars. These were extremely limited and were arriving at Toys R Us stores in cases that just contained two models. One was this Cadillac and the other was Auto World’s Pontiac Grand Prix casting. When I say extremely limited I mean we are talking each color was limited to 858 pieces and the Ultra Red chase was limited to only 52 pieces!
I remember being in panic mode trying to find these cars when they were showing up. Luckily with help from friends, I was able to complete the set in short order. The version A car is in blue with a white top and blue interior and the version B car is in silver with a gray top and gray interior. The Ultra Red has the standard red color with a white interior, top, and base.
The latest release of this casting was 2018 Premium Release 4. This release is interesting in that the wheel tooling is different in this release than in the previous ones. Version A is in Sable Black with a black top, blue interior, and gold lined tires. Version B is in Cotillion White with a red top, red/white interior, and white wall tires.
The Ultra Reds for this release all had, of course, the standard Ultra Red color for the body, but also had white tires, Ultra Red rims and had the traits from the Version B cars (which is why the chase has a red top). The chase of this Caddy was limited to 280 pieces while the version A and B releases were limited to 4680 pieces each.
And that is all of them. Except for the Ultra Raws of course.
Here are some more pictures so that you can see the Ultra Reds side by side. Round2 likes to mix up the traits of the chase cars which can make it both confusing and exciting for collectors but that is a topic for a whole other feature.
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2 Replies to “Collection Update: The Auto World ‘76 Cadillac Coupe DeVille”
I’m a big Cadillac fan, and this is a fantastic casting. I somehow ended up with that very first release in cream, and I have no idea where I got it since Auto World is not sold here in Canada (very sad).
As it stands we don’t have many offerings in 1:64 scale when it comes to ’70s land yachts. Hot Wheels offers the ’71 Riviera and Matchbox has the Cadillac Sedan Deville – which is technically a ’69 but the ’70 model was virtually unchanged so I’ll count it as ’70s. Other than that, not too many. I’d like to see some appear in the form of a Hot Wheels Car Culture release someday, maybe titled “Cruisers” or “Low Riders,” if they need to go the custom route.
Wow! Didn’t know this many of this Cadillac casting was produced! You seem to know quite a bit w/AW’s especially since I never knew there were limited runs produced for TRU.
I would have been ecstatic with the Ultra Red if I found one & I would have kept it too. Of all the Ultra Reds i’ve found I would sell, except for a ’76 Trans Am which i’ve kept.
I grew in old Cadillacs. First was a black ’68 Fleetwood, then a red ’74 Coupe De Ville and lastly, a white ’77 Coupe Deville (which is the one I learned to drive in). Nice boat like ride & a big 425 c.i. engine which made for fun stop light tire squeals!
Anyhow, couldn’t imagine finding an Ultra Raw version .. that would have to go for a few hundred!