The first generation Cadillac CTS-V was a bit of a shock to the automotive world when it first rolled off the production lines in 2004. It was the first legitimately fast and fun car from the company named after the founder of the city of Detroit (Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac) since it stopped producing the V-16 engined Cadillac Sixteen in 1940. This 2004 Cadillac CTS-V with only 10k miles is for sale in Gig Harbor, WA currently bidding on ebay for $19,600 reserve-not-met with a buy-it-now price of $25,500.
The price tag on this CTS-V is a bit sky-high, but it is strictly because of the condition (low miles) of the car. Sure, you can buy a CTS-V for half of this seller’s buy-it-now price, but you wouldn’t be stepping into a time warp to the beginning of the 2nd Bush term, when Swift Boats were big news, Al Gore was skinny…er, the housing market never drops and Colin Powell still had credibility.
The CTS-V was a standard Cadillac CTS sedan on steroids. The pedestrian V6 was swapped for tire melting LS6 taken from the Corvette Z06, the 5.7 liter all-aluminum push-rod V8 putting out 400 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque. Power is put through a six-speed manual transmission (no sissy slushbox in the 1st gen CTS-V, so no need to sort through the junk to find what you are looking for) and into a limited slip differential in the rear. Performance is nothing short of fast – unless the axles have been twisted into pretzel shapes -which these are notorious for doing.
Inside the CTS-V is a low-rent GM plastic parts-bin interior and some leather that will probably look horrible in a few years – honestly the DOT should leave OBD-III non-sense on the shelves and force all OEMs to use Mercedes MB-Tex style synthetic, it would be far better a value for the consumer. Leather looks great in the showroom, but gets ugly after the honeymoon is over and we much prefer a good quality cloth or synthetic.
The car clearly looks nice in the photos – but we are especially impressed with the cleanliness, organization and decor in the sellers garage. And there is a clear link between how a seller treats his garage and how he treats his car, which would indicate he gives this car a nice foot-bath and massage every night.
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