By on March 10, 2014

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114 car dealers. Every single last one of them looking for an impossibly good deal among the 150 vehicles at the auction on a near-Arctic Monday morning.

Even if it’s a seemingly bad deal. It doesn’t matter during this time of year.

This is officially tax season… which means that cars that couldn’t even get a $500 down payment during the post-Christmas drought will soon be picked up in earnest by the sub-prime, debt happy public. A $1200 down payment as their first financial tombstone of 2014 will be followed by a long line of bogus fees, and a note that will hopefully be flipped into funny money (now known as sub-prime asset backed securities) before the drowning debtor becomes financial roadkill.

Everything is high. But surprisingly not as high as in years past. Orphaned brands are mostly cheap. Minivans are cheap, and everything from older luxury coupes to younger hatchbacks can be had for decent money if they’re not sporty or popular.

Speaking of popular. Let me show you a little somethin’.

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This 1980 Cadillac Seville is the King of Swing and the purveyor of all things cool.

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I’m not even sure if I can give this vehicle justice by these pics. Like a lot of older cars that are unfashionable but well cared for, this Seville has “it”.

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The paint is a perfect compliment to the design. Unlike the wretched vinyl tops, two tone medicine blues, and malaise era engines that made this car into a rolling joke, this Seville seems to be one of the few exceptions to the rule that was GM mediocrity.

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For starters, it’s an 80′ model with no smoke. Which means it ended up with a decent engine. The 6.0 Liter Cadillac V8 which produces… well… let’s just say it’s the best of the worst.

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The black interior and low seating position is designed for the future low riders of these models. You know. The ones who were busy listening to UTFO and the Breakin’ soundtrack instead of Snoopy and that Two-pack dude.

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That’s all original. I’m still not sure if it’s real wood or fake wood. Let’s just call it Cadillac wood and move on.

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Everything still works on this vehicle. The auto temp control. The radio. The instant mpg calculator which rarely goes above 25 mpg. It’s all there. Actually I was hitting around 28 mpg on that thing. But I’m not sure if that was due to the equipment getting some Imperial calculations between 1980 and today.

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93,000 miles. Original. Well, it is a repaint and I have  to work on a few wires (cough! cough!). When I saw it, I knew I would never see anything quite like it ever again. Time marches on and the unpopular rides of yesteryear get dumped into the hardcore and borderline psychopathic of car owners. I know enough of my fellow compatriots to realize that come hell or high bidding, I was going to have to buy this thing.

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So I did my usual trick. I hid in the back with my leather jacket and jeans against the cold cement wall. I saw my friend, the auctioneer, who knew me back when I was an auctioneer. He started at 3k. I made eye contact. Shucked two fingers onto my U2 leahter jacket. And quickly put them back in my pocket as my friend wailed, “Habadagive two grand! 21! I got money! 21! Habadagive 21!”

Except no one believed him. I had put in the bid within three seconds of his downward cadence from three grand, to two grand, to what was usually a grand opening bid. Most starting bids go down about $2000 to $3000 at the auctions before they head back up to where the sellable range is.

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This particular time, there would be no uptick.  After about five seconds of low ball signs of one finger (for $1000) and the words $1500 mouthed out to the auctioneer… the hammer fell. I had bought one of the last of the pseudo-luxurious mohicans for $2000 plus a $155 auction fee.

Was it a steal? Hell no! I bought it because I want to enjoy the experience of owning it, and then later, sell it to someone who will love it a bit more than yours truly. One of the first rules of the car business is, “Never fall in love.” So I’m going to play around with it for a few weeks, and then let it go to an enthusiast who will make this baby Caddy endure.

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Oh, one other thing. Cadillac may have screwed up their brand big-time throughout the 1980′s. From this Seville to the Allante, Cadillac was completely castrated during this time and I have no fondness for the bean counters and the Howdy Dowdy CEO who guided them during the Reagan Era.

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However this Fisher Body Seville, with an engine solely (and soul-ly) given to the Cadillac division represents a high mark within the low mark.

This downsized Seville rides just like one of those older, floaty Cadillacs from the 1970′s. It’s an amazing ride. Easy to steer, and a beauty to behold in the flesh.

I plan on selling it for $2500.

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92 Comments on “Hammer Time: Rediscovering My Inner Jersey...”


  • avatar
    Sjalabais

    Are you planning on fixing the coughing wires within your profit range of 345$? How much would a Caddy like this cost in the real world? Strange car and a time machine, that might be worth something 20 additional years from now.

  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    Certainly a distinctive car. You know, I saw on TV that when German Shepherds are inbred too much, their rear end will tend to hunker down like this Cadillac.

    When growing up and impressionable, I never thought Cadillacs were cool, a symbol of success, or even a car of any pinnacle achievement. The retail outlet I worked at had one show up randomly, and the owners were never “upscale” or even “midscale.” The cars, while rife with bling, were just Chevrolets in my eyes, and never drove very well.

    I do note that the insects this car kills each day can each have their own individual grill opening.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    A 6 ltr Cadillac that is not a truck or SUV and has no pretensions of being a BMW. Tis as it should be.

    Carry on.

  • avatar
    threeer

    I was 15 at the time, and had spent the better part of a month visiting family back in the US. My last week was with my best friend, who lived in the Nashville area. His grandmother took us on a one-day tour of all things “Music City, USA.” She had a Seville. It was glorious! Growing up with small European cars, riding around in the back of the Seville, I thought I was some upper-crust, old-money Tennessean. Of course, at 15, what did I know? I wasn’t the one driving it, so I had no idea about things such as “handling” or “acceleration/speed.” All I knew was that it was a Caddy, had living room-style leather seats and tinted windows. Let the common folk plod along in their Toyotas, Hondas, Chevys and Fords! I don’t care how bad they are in reality, that one day will always stand out for me, and the Seville played a starring role in it.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      I remember riding in my grandpa’s ’85 Seville with much of the same wonder. They weren’t bad cars at all for their day. Although when it comes to handling, I believe this generation of FWD Caddy invented the term “psychosteer”.

      http://piledriverz.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/psycho-steer-2a.jpg

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    I had an 84 Eldorado with the awful 4100 V8. Seeing that interior brings back lots of memories. I love survivor cars, no matter what stripe they might be. It proves,at least a little bit, that if you even moderately care for a car the way the book says, it will live.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      Ugh. I had an ’85 Fleetwood with that engine. I called it “the sieve” because it always leaked oil that no amount of seal replacements could stop. I was going to swap an SBC into it, but some guy stopped by and offered cash so away it went. It’s too bad because the dark blue on dark blue Caddy was a real looker.

      That generation Fleetwood represents “Cadillac” in my mind.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Foley

      I love the ’79-’85 Eldo and ’80-’85 Seville, but when I was looking for one about ten years ago, all of them had the HT4100 (bad) or diesel 350 (worse).

      Supposedly they were available with the Buick 4.1 V6, a gas 350 (Olds), and the 6.0 Cad engine, but I never saw one until this article. You might want to hang on to this one, Steve.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    All that unique styling and it being a Cadillac, the back windows still suffered from GM’s “halfway-down” mentality.

    Sorry, but that sort of stuff still makes my blood boil from the cars in that era, and that soured me on GM for too many years, as they were in the forefront and one expected better.

    Still, those were pretty cool cars, and I’d be hard-pressed on whether I like the Caddy or the bustleback Lincoln better. Probably the Caddy, as the lines were a bit more refined.

    I hope you enjoy the car and find a willing buyer soon!

    • 0 avatar

      Heck the 1983 Malibu I had (still in family, brother has almost 85k org miles on it now!) had 4 doors, but the back windows didn’t even pretend to come down. I never have seen another car quite like it, although I’m sure there were others.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        All the G-body sedans of that generation were that way. It was the thing I liked least about my Cutlass Supreme.

      • 0 avatar
        Zackman

        The first-gen K-Car 4-doors and wagons suffered the same malady! Fortunately, Chrysler realized the error of their ways and fixed that little detail with the 1983 models.

        GM eventually came to their senses with the advent of the Chevy Celebrity and their kin.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          @PrincipalDan, did those windows only go down halfway on the Celebrity? I seem to remember my Dad’s ’86 Century’s rear windows only going down halfway, so I assume that was an A-Car trait from 1982-end-of-production.

          @Zackman, when was the Aries/Reliant facelift where they changed it into the “divided” dashboard (like what was in Murilee’s latest K J/Y find), along with the Benz-esque grilles? I don’t think it was 1983. (I was more of a GM fanboi at the time.)

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            My 82 Celebrity sedan was a “halfway” down affair. When I was a kid riding in the back, Dad told me it was a “safety feature” so no one could jump out the window. Given the lack of child safety locks (not yet invented) and the manual door locks, it was a classic case of “Fatherly BS.”

        • 0 avatar
          jhefner

          The Taurus of the day (1985-1994) had the same problem. It had to do with the way the rear door was shaped; there was no room for the window to go down all the way because of the door narrowing down to make room for the wheel well. The two solutions were to have a fixed pane or piece of plastic that made the windows that did roll down more narrow so that it will fit in the door; or make the door wider so that it could be more square shaped; that was done with the 1996 and later Taurus, with a small plastic piece to narrow the window slightly.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        Supposedly, leaving off the rear window mechanism and a couple other small weight savings here and there was enough to bump those cars down a weight class for the EPA tests, which artificially bumped their official MPG ratings by an MPG or two. On the test only, of course. Read that somewhere back in the day.

        • 0 avatar
          hachee

          And I thought I remembered reading that the fixed rear glass enabled them to squeeze out a bit more width in the rear to make the cars roomier. Seemed like a really ill-thought and terrible compromise.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    My grandfather had two bustle-back Sevilles on subsequent leases back in the 80s, a white one, and his favorite, the dark blue one. His short term memory is pretty shot, but whenever I visit him we can still talk about old Cadillacs.

    I never figured you’d go for the FWD Seville, Steve. Maybe it is the inner Jersey. Every now and then you gotta buy something interesting.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I have an ’83 I got in Atlanta about 5 years ago it looks very much like this. Although not my favorite Seville (I also have a 1st gen ’79) It drives and handles much better then the ’79. If you’ve got the right engine this is a very good car

    BTW This Seville is not a downsize it has the same dimensions as the 1st gen

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    Land Ark

    I recently picked up a couple on-the-card vintage Hot Wheel versions of this car. When growing up my cousin and I would play cars whenever we were together. And he had the silver/purple one and I always thought it was neat. The Bustle Back to me was incredibly cool at that age. When everything else was a box with wheels, these offered a little visual thought. And I liked it, and now I have 2 of my own.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      I’ve got a Corgi or Matchbox one sitting around someplace–nice gold with brown interior.

      IIRC, the Hot Wheels cars were McDonald’s Happy Meal giveaways.

      I agree that this car should go to a true enthusiast. Would Sajeev’s brother be interested? (Does he still have the Fleetwood Talisman that Jack delivered?)

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    As a regular merchant I don’t believe in the “Never love something” rule, to intentionally detach yourself from something just seems a bit cold.

    These are fine looking cars, but I could never see them as anything above “A Caddy with a Rolls behind stuck on it”.

    The interior is shared with other GM Toronados/Rivieras/Fleetwoods/Eldorados of the time so its arguably a bit generic, plus fake woods just as tacky as random carbon bits.

    Distinct? Sort of, more crude than anything.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Ryoku by chance would you have any need for odd bits of a 240? I had the quick (and rather expensive) opportunity to pick a few odds and ends out of a ’90. I was able to use most of them, but I some stuff I don’t need such as a driver side manual mirror, some plastic bits out of the trunk, etc.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        Sure! I’ll just leave a list to keep the post short:

        1. Sun visor “hook”, that little bit that keeps the visor from pivoting, mine cracked not long ago.

        2. Inside handle bolt covers, these always disintegrate so any extras would be appreciated.

        3. Passenger headlight screws, current ones were stripped by a previous owner.

        4. Passenger headlight lense, current ones yellow.

        5. An antennae, as the plug for mine fell apart while I was removing a mediocre aftermarket radio.

        Thats all that I can think of for now, I’ll reply again if I think of anything else.

        If you nabbed the hubcaps you should sell them on ebay, they get good cash there.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          1. The hooks were both broken and I left them.
          2. I unfortunately left them, I wanted to take the whole doors but I wasn’t given enough time.
          3/4. I have the whole passenger headlight assembly. Its factory and discolored but it may not be as yellow as yours. I’ll get a picture of it.
          5. There was no antenna when I got there.

          Cheap aftermarket hubcaps. I nabbed a random 86-93 one I found in the trunk but I’m keeping it for mine. Most of my haul were relays, dash switches, the speedo cluster, headlight assemblies (one new aftermarket, one factory), 1 aftermarket turn signal lens, misc trunk plastic and carpets, the 6 mo old radiator, windshield wiper motor, and the prize, a working air mass meter.

          • 0 avatar
            Ryoku75

            I’ll take the headlight assemblies, the speedo cluster, and the radiator. I have a few bits and ends for 240s myself if you’re interested.

            Hit me at stimpy532000 yahoo.com and we’ll talk prices there.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      You know, the rear looks just like the 85+ Toronado. Never thought about that previously.

      I think if I were going Bustleback Seville, I’d have to go with the Gucci version, where Super-Prestige and Low-Class come as standard.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I don’t think Gucci was available on the Bustleback, I think it was Gen 1 only.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I could have SWORN I saw one, which was Gucci and also had fake luggage straps on the bustle back. The GG interlocked logo replaced the Caddy logo on the hood.

          Hmm.

          Bingo!

          http://www.livincool.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/3a40_12.jpg

          OH GAWD

          http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/gucci-museo-opening-09_195229864306.jpg_article_gallery_slideshow_v2.jpg

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Damn, you found a unicorn.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            The second photo is now my Facebook cover photo!

          • 0 avatar
            raresleeper

            There’s a 1980 Pierre Cardin Eldorado on Ebay right now… Lol

            Just check out that honey of a starting bid :)

            http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cadillac-Eldorado-Pierre-Cardin-Convertible-1980-Pierre-Cardin-Cadillac-Eldorado-CONVERTIBLE-OOAK-/221390622101?forcerrptr=true&hash=item338be8cd95&item=221390622101&pt=US_Cars_Trucks#ht_284wt_1074

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Damn yet again. If this was complete I’d still say its still high but its probably one of a few if not the last one. Incomplete though, wow.

            EDIT: This car is screaming for Leno, he would have the financial resources and connections to finish it.

            http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cadillac-Eldorado-Pierre-Cardin-Convertible-1980-pierre-cardin-cadillac-eldorado-convertible-ooak-/221390622101?forcerrptr=true&hash=item338be8cd95&item=221390622101&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Hey, info!

            http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2010/10/28/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1981-cadillac-eldorado-evolution/

            $60k. Good lord.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Look it came with a fricking TV! I’m guessing $63K in 1981 dollars came from all of the sudden cocaine millionaires floating around at the time.

            I like it, but the nose they grafted on for the hidden headlights is “me’h” to me. I would have preferred a customized grille but factory facia in my $63,000 80′s drug boat.

            Def a buy when I hit that P-O-W-E-R-B-A-L-L.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Love the Gucci Bondage Belt Trunk in Corey’s first pic over the Gucci Toilet Seat Trunk in the second pic

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “Gucci Bondage Belt Trunk”

            I love TTAC.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Thunderbirds had the belts too, we used to call them “bondage birds”

          • 0 avatar
            hachee

            That second one is awesome. I love how the half vinyl roof is just that – half the roof, with no relevance to anything else, like the B pillar. Just half, because somehow that was better than full.

  • avatar
    mechimike

    A guy I was friends with in college had one of these. It was white with red leather. He’d replaced the engine with a 383 stroker and built up some sort of FWD transmission from a Toronado for it. Did front wheel peels all the way to 120 mph- what a wild ride. I recall he had it in the shop about every other week, usually for some transmission-related malady or another.

    And yes, he was from The Garden State.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    I thought the bustleback was ugly and pathetic when I was a kid, and I don’t like it any better now. The car looks like it had a stroke and became paralyzed from the c-pillar back. Mitchell must have been knee-deep in cocaine and syphilis when he approved it.

  • avatar
    olddavid

    $2155 indicates love to me.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Seems like your selling it for too cheap. These 80′s non Ht 4100 versions sell for a lot more with low mileage, nice shape and everything working.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Low miles even on something like this is a sub 50K garage queen, and even those don’t command the highest price.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        Yep, unless that old thirsty car is designated with some particular enthusiast interest, they don’t sell for much. There are plenty of optimistic sellers however. Steve’s price range doesn’t seem outrageous, though, I would have tried to pay less.

        At least in my area, very few dealers would be interested in such a car at any price.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        You’re right, they don’t

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Vogue tires on a running bustleback Seville, 368 no less? Stop reading my day-dreams.

    The “wood” at least in the center console is very fake. If I remember correctly its actually plastic with some kind of cardboard like substance glued on top (not sure on glovebox door). The fact you have the trip computer, err MPG Sentinel, tells me this example is loaded up if not the top trim in MY80 (I’m not sure when Elegante came out, I think it was after). Check for the Twilight Sentinel too, you probably have it. Times like this I miss the business.

    EDIT: This is a good resource for Cadillacs through 97. Evidently the Elegante package did exist but yours does not have it. Have some fun, look at the options list and check off the ones you do have!

    6.0L/368:
    bhp: 145 @ 3600 rpm
    torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

    http://www.100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1980/cad80s.htm

    “One of the first rules of the car business is, “Never fall in love.””

    Please write a book.

    • 0 avatar
      IHateCars

      The “wood” at least in the center console is very fake. If I remember correctly its actually plastic with some kind of cardboard like substance glued on top (not sure on glovebox door).

      I’m not sure it’s even that…I think it may just be vinyl tape with a wood grain pattern glued on a tin panel screwed to the dash.

  • avatar
    johnhowington

    ebay, completed listings, steve is no fool

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    The Cadillacs I adore are as follows (other than the beloved CTS-V, either sedan or wagon form):

    74-76 Fleetwood Talisman

    84-85 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

    93-96 Fleetwood Brougham

    A neighbor back in the day had a white Seville “bustleback”. He washed it at least three times a week.

    It’s a different design, true.

    My pimp hand isn’t strong enough for a “bustleback”. That or a G Platform front wheel drive Deville with the gold grill and vogue tire package thingy.

    Two things here:

    A.) Cadillac should have never went to front wheel drive. In my humble opinion, that’s where Cadillac lost its heritage (although the 92-2002 Eldorado’s do make a rather nice custom convertible… see Ebay for those).

    Although I can think of several happy Fieros that would love a new life with a borrowed 4.6L 32-valve Northstar Engine :)

    B.) Yes, the 4.1 is demon spawn, so the 6.0L seems to be the better engine offering with this car.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    Let me know if you find an ’81-83 Imperial. Now THAT’S a car.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      How do ya figure?

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        It’s so wonderfully artistic in its design, having this weird sort of art deco feel in my opinion. In fact, it looks like something that would be turned into a Batmobile.

        But I have odd tastes in cars. I absolutely LOVE the 74-78 AMC Matador coupe, for example.

      • 0 avatar
        redmondjp

        Read this to see why:

        http://www.allpar.com/cars/imperial/1981.html

        I’d take one of these in a heartbeat as well. I’ve only ever seen one or two in the metal.

        • 0 avatar
          NoGoYo

          I feel like the early 90s FWD Imperial was supposed to be a “continuation” of the 81-83, hence the similar grille. But of course, that car just looks like a New Yorker with a bad nose job.

  • avatar
    vcficus

    Color Of Money has some wonderful shots of Paul Newman’s white 80s Caddy pulling up to pool halls… Made it look very attractive!

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    In the rare event that I see these being driven, people always look sad driving these. Why is that?

    The help, get me out of the 80′s look?

    Dad’s/grandpa’s car? They’ve died and their missed terribly? ??

    Lol. Can’t do it.

    Only thing missing is a bad hair cut.

  • avatar
    jacob_coulter

    I would have bought it for that price, assuming everything worked. It would be a fun car ride around in and I love almost any year of Cadillac.

    I will say though even years ago when that design should have still been “fresh” the rear looked absolutely awful. I’m amazed GM actually made it, it was like something a coach builder in the back of a magazine would hawk.

  • avatar
    countymountie

    Great looking car but it’s definitely a love purchase at that price but seems to be well worth it. I can’t believe how nice the leather looks on the driver’s seat. If the 368 ever craps out, a 500 will bolt right in which makes the 80 and 81s that much more desirable.

    I’ve had 3 bustleback Sevilles, all 81s with the V/8/6/4. Every one of them had worn out shocks to hold up the trunk lid, I’ll bet yours is no exception. Even in the era of downsizing, everything in that car is heavy. The woodgrain panels are totally fake but as heavy as the real thing.

    Now you have me wanting another one. Make it a two tone blue Elegante with an astroroof and a factory CB/cassette combo!

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    What we really need here are gold finished 15″ wire wheels, three-star spinners, and a full set of mudflaps sporting the infamous seated woman’s silhouette…. a.k.a. “Mudflap Girl”.

    Curb feelers?

    My only concern is, on the slantback… where do we put the boomerang TV antenna?

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    When this car was made, I was a toll collector. I had several with those wire hubcaps get too close to the nine inch curb and spread their wires all over the lane. One older woman managed to wipe out both hub caps on the driver’s side, and asked me, “Who’s going to pay for that?” I answered, “The driver of the car, Ma’am.”

  • avatar
    tiger260

    Hmmmm……. I quite like older Cadillacs but I really can’t agree with that this era Bustle-back styling is attractive. It just looks like a mess to me – geometrically speaking.

    Plus points for the 368 motor in preference to the other pretty awful alternative, but no thanks.

    It’s hard to truly pinpoint the moment when Cadillac lost it. it’s probably true to say that the absolute nadir was yet to come with the Cimarron, but I think by 1980 the brand had long since fallen off it’s “standard of the world” pedestal. If I was looking for an old Cadillac from the era when they were still really cars that everyone aspired to – you have to go back a lot further than this.

    I would agree with Steve that this is a lot of car for the money and if you can find one that truly has been cared for then it could really be a bargain.

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    Wow this one is quite the looker. Don’t get me wrong, I like very much some American car design and design motifs, but this one is all wrong! Looks the front and back portions came from 2 very different cars. I know this is common même when discussing car design, the divorce of front and back ends, but this takes the cake.

  • avatar
    ajla

    “I plan on selling it for $2500.”

    See, I could go for it at that price.

    I need to print copies of this article out for when I see someone trying to sell their 80s Cadillac for nearly $10K.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    This is a good deal not only because it is in good shape but it does not have the offensively pimptastic, West Palm Beach retiree simulated convertible, RR grill and fake spare. Just nice one tone black with black leather complemented by the classy stainless steel moulding.

    79-85 E-Bodys are future appreciating classics especially 84-85 Biarritz convertibles, Riviera convertibles and T-Types.Easy to repair and good parts availability.

    In the late 80′s I owned a 80 Toronado and it drove and handled well unlike other barges of the era or the previous generation vehicles. The rear IRS and air shock/load leveling made a difference. It was a great highway cruiser the only reason why I got rid of it was because the Diesel (2nd motor, the prior owner had a new Mr. Good-wrench engine installed under warranty) bought the farm.

  • avatar
    jeffzekas

    My wife LOVED her ’83 Caddy four door- pearl white, red leather seats- but constant electrical problems (the car was over 20 years old) made it a pain to own- finally sold it to an old guy for $600 and we both were happy about it- though my wife still misses that soft ride!

  • avatar
    Joss

    Me pick 3 would be: Sinatra Imperial even if it was just a plushed Cordoba…It had blue eyes sig on the dash in plastic chrome – what could be more chintzy than that?

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    “- what could be more chintzy than that?”

    That’s a dangerous question. It’s a good thing Murilee posted a couple junkyard finds above, or a few commenters might have stuck around and made you sorry you asked.

  • avatar
    Andy D

    Not up on 30 tr old Caddys . I have always liked the Seville’s bustle back. I thought they all came with vinyl landaus. It was the nicest Caddy since they gave up on fins. Enjoy the ride.


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  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Vojta Dobes, Czech Republic
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Cameron Aubernon, United States
  • J Emerson, United States