By on January 7, 2015

DTGFP Bush - 005.jpg  George W Bush Britain Visit

 

In a move that that will be mourned by…well, I am not sure by who, the lone surviving Cadillac retailer in England has closed its doors. English trade journal Car Dealer Magazine reports that dealership Bauer Millett in Manchester shut down just before Christmas. Citing the high cost of doing business and increased competition, owner Mitch Millet also gave up his Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Jeep and Chrysler franchises.

Millet did not say, but we imagine selling large left-hand drive American vehicles would be quite a challenge in the UK.

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has previously announced that Caddy will return to England in 2019, complete with diesel models. No word if the automaker is going to open an office on Savile Row.

Paging DeadWeight, paging DeadWeight…

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59 Comments on “Last Remaining United Kingdom Cadillac Dealer Closes...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Can we have a moment of silence before DeadWeight gets here, Thank you

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    It should be renamed Seville Row then. Ha. And the entryway to the new HQ can be filled with old Pontiac HQ floor mats.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    How long had Cadillac been selling cars in the UK?

    I also wonder what the UK price of a CTS or a XTS was compared to a Chrysler 300. That must have been an interesting showroom.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Looks like a circa 2002 photo, since the new RR was not around yet, but we are post 00 because of the DeVille.

    Saw one of those DeVille models the other day, a formal roof 6-door funeral limo. The grille had been replaced with a Merc grille and large logo, and the crest on the hood was a Merc star as well. I was very confused for a moment.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      That’s the President’s car

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      That’s the Pres1dent’s car

      • 0 avatar
        Domestic Hearse

        That one pictured is actually not the current Presidential Limo, aka The Beast (built 2009). That one is more Chevy Kodiak than it is Cadillac.

        Instead, the one above looks like the 2005 Presidential Limo used by GWB. That was the last to be an armored, coach-worked Cadillac — in that case, the DTS. Look at the headlights — The Beast uses Escalade eyes, and the previous DTS version used standard DTS lamps.

        A new Beast, even more robust than the current one, will be coming soon, also wearing the Cadillac badge.

        • 0 avatar
          Steve Lynch

          It is indeed a DTS but a 2006.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            For 2006, the DTS got more upright rectangular headlamps for the redesign. This model is pre 06. As well, you’d assume they have a current model Range Rover for such a convoy, which puts this photo as between 2000 and 2003.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I could see what is clearly a modified G-body MY00-05 Deville being labeled as an MY06 from the factory for an oddball special order, so he might be right.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            It all seems too coincidental though!

            -An 05 DTS being modified and labeled as 06.
            -A Range Rover which would then be at LEAST 3 years old, traveling in a state convoy. England-land would trot out their newest and best for such a thing.
            -The Suburban is pre-06 as well then.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Ok, guys the image info

            “George W Bush Britain Visit November 17, 2003”

            The more you know…

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I feel such vindication and correctness.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            That’s why we call you Mr. Wonderful

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            D’awww.

          • 0 avatar
            krhodes1

            Don’t be too sure about that Rover being anywhere near new. The British don’t roll like that. They were using ancient P5B Rovers to cart the PM around in for decades, and the Queen liked her old crock Daimlers too for eons. That’s a P38 Rover like mine, and it could be anything from ’94 to ’02. It’s probably armored too.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            The Suburban following the Rover contains the Royal Rover Mechanic

            It’s comforting to know that even the British heads of state get royally screwed too

      • 0 avatar
        Featherston

        All hail Chile’s ’66 Galaxie! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_state_car#Chile

  • avatar
    SELECTIVE_KNOWLEDGE_MAN

    I for one am saddened by this reduction of diversity. Especially since England is such a great European country to buy a car in.

    The same happened with Lexus in Denmark previous year.

    Back then the exit lead to an article by the leading Danish car mag stating that they were sad to see the brand go. Rarely have I seen such crocodile tears. The rag had been defecating up and down every single Lexus they had ever gotten their hands on. Comparisons were sometimes obscure (like letting an IS lose a comparison with a Volkswagen Passat) to downright fraudulent claiming 15km/l in the CT.

    It would be no surprise to see the same story unfold for Cadillac in England. Cadillac has been much more of an underdog than what the products deserve.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      Don’t be sad you get to go play with a Jeep Renegade that we have to wait until spring for

      • 0 avatar
        SELECTIVE_KNOWLEDGE_MAN

        Nah. It’s OK. I can just import a Cadillac from Germany.

        Still. I see a thousand 3 series, and a billion 1-series for each Cadillac. And even then, the Cad might be BLS where GM for unknown reasons thought an “L” in the name would somehow divert people from the true nature of that mistake.

        • 0 avatar
          Maymar

          Would it also be a reasonable bet that something like 999 of those thousand 3-Series be diesel-powered company cars that Cadillac had nothing to compete against?

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Escalades from 77.5UKP – gulp, that’s $117K. Plus the cost to feed one in the UK boggles the mind, and where would you park it??

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    This is UNPOSSIBLE!

    Johan de “Dare You To Flex On Me, Brah!” Nysschen & “The vehicles are an afterthought, it’s the brand that matters” CT-Melody Lee have promised that Cadillac will be a global contender to successdully take on ALL competiters in the luxury/premium space!

    Tribute to Cadillac of UK – RIP:

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/how-gm-could-save-the-cadillac-ats-from-its-otherwise-inevitable-fate-of-complete-marketplace-failure/

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/2013-Cadillac-ATS-3.6-AWD-010.jpg

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Urban_Luxury_Concept

    http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Melody+Lee+Artists+Wynwood+Walls+Honored+Miami+JGjHQupz8uel.jpg

    http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx185/sploaterboi/Ace1W/481973_340635109350406_1201368952_n.jpg

  • avatar
    Tstag

    Europeans don’t even buy Lexus cars in much volume why would they buy Caddy’s? When you have 3 great German brands plus JLR then risking your earned cash on non European brands often seems pointless.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    “we imagine selling large right-hand drive American vehicles would be quite a challenge in the UK”

    In the UK, that would be the appropriate location for the steering wheel.

    (Right-hand drive = steering wheel on right. US-market cars are LHD.)

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Makes sense. Been asking from day 1… why would anyone buy an ATS over a 3 series? No answers yet and the market is responding appropriately.

    “As good as” is not good enough.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      Well, I could see it if you lived in Billings, MT and the closest BMW dealer was 9000 miles away, but there was a Cadillac dealer at the end of your street. The right ATS is not a bad car, by any means. Bound to be tons cheaper ATP too. In the UK – HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • avatar
    brianyates

    last remaining cadillac dealer closes in the U.K.
    When did the other one close!!!

  • avatar
    txbrit

    To give a little more context – Bauer Millet was actually a GM Franchise – for the US Side NOT Vauxhall – for 40 years – Before one of the Many attempts to bring Cadillac to the US.

    When I still lived there they sold or could obtain any of the GM Range and provide Factory Support. Back then they existed as a Niche seller- for a while they were the only GM/Cadillac Dealer in the UK, although I think there was one in London as well. For a time in the 90’s they also sold Harley’s though they lost the franchise because they sold more merchandise than actual bikes.

    This truly is the end of an era – this story from the local news gives a little more detail.

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/bauer-millet-car-dealer-administration-8348785

  • avatar
    Hummer

    I wonder what country that picture was taken, it’s odd to see an old Range Rover in a lineup with the presidential caddy and a SS suburban.

    • 0 avatar
      spreadsheet monkey

      The flags and the title of the article give you a hint. The photo was taken in the UK.

      The Presidential limo gets transported by plane whenever he is on overseas visits.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Since my other post died…

    I wonder what country that picture was taken, it’s odd to see an old range rover in a lineup with the pres1dential Caddy and a SS Suburban.

  • avatar
    Joss

    When the 75 Seville was imported they chopped & swopped the dash round. Some extensions for the linkages. Don’t know how many sold, curiosity shop/chop to the Silver Shadow.

    They’ve got Opel/Vauxhall for schmaltz.

  • avatar

    Maybe Jaguar should close in the US since their sales are so poor.

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