You guys are good at finding the best terrible cars for sale on the internet, but I have to come clean and admit that even though tipper Matt wrote; Caution – this link contains graphic images of a truly hideous paint job…’70s Cadillac Seville appears to be the offspring of a Stutz revival and a bass boat… Regardless, I shrieked when I opened the link. The technical term from the turbocharger noise and vibration industry is kreischen, which is a German word for a screech/squeal/squawk when a turbocharger’s ported shroud isn’t designed correctly, but I digress. This car. Wow. It is really something else. Find this 1979 Cadillac SeVille Opera Coupe offered for $15,995 in Concord, NC via mercado de libros-caras.
This next car comes as a tip from Jim who writes; This is the real deal and from bayside no less. Better check the trunk for a body. Yes, these big DeVille coupe/verts have a colossal trunk that can fit an entire load of your stuff or friends or whatever. But the best part of classic Cadillac cruising is the feeling of total disconnection from the typical driving experience. The hood is so far in front of you that the headlights might as well be in another zip code (it doesn’t really matter because they put out as much light as a zippo on a windy night) and the steering wheel is totally unconcerned with whatever the road (or an opossum) might be doing. So you don’t worry about your Nürburgring lap times or how fast it’ll go in the 1/4 mile — you just enjoy the soothing rocking motions of this road going pleasure craft. Find this 1966 Cadillac DeVille Convertible offered for $13,500 in Bayside, NY via craigslist.
Folks into trucks are always arguing about which kind of drive system is better — many say 4-wheel-drive trucks are the best because you can drive through anything, while others say the basic rear-drive pickup is the best because you get to fish tail in the dirt…but, naturally, they are both wrong. The best kind of pickup is the front-wheel-drive pickup, particularly one built on a Cadillac chassis. Find this 1974 Cadillac Eldorado Pickup offered for $9995 in Edgewater, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
We’ve never featured a 2nd generation Cadillac CTS-V on DT before (plenty of 1st gen versions) and not for lack of want. The 556 horsepower supercharged 6.2 liter LSA V8 pushes the porky 4-door to a world record for a sedan 7:59 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife (at least until it was beat by the Porsche Panamera Turbo a few months later.) But it matters not, because today we’ve got one in DT price range — nevermind the salvage title, gas station photos, lien title, and lack of interior/engine pics. Find this 2011 Cadillac CTS-V offered for $23,000 in Baton Rouge, LA via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
The fourth generation Chevrolet Caprice (which was the final generation of the wagon version) was also sold as the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, Buick Roadmaster, and Cadillac Fleetwood. There were various trim differences between the different stalls of the GM stable, but Cadillac did not get a wagon version. Somebody saw that as an insult to the brand that bares the name of the founder of Detroit (Antoine de la Mothe, sieur du Cadillac 1658-1730) and they fixed it with what can only be described as a pretty good example of a Fleetwagon (and way better than the Leepu & Pitbul Caprice of the Craprice from the other day). Find this 1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon offered for $8700 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
Occasionally the internet delivers something good. Not always. Mostly it produces bad news and insufferable spam, but today I stumbled into the perfect car for a badge that wanted to use on Halloween. What’s a badge? It is the little icon you see next to DT posts that are created by DT’s logo guru Kaibeezy (read more about the DT badges here). Anyway, I’m posting this next car ONLY because it matches the classic DT 59 Cadillac Eureka Landau badge. Find this 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Hearse offered for $8500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
It’s been a bit of a front-wheel-drive Cadillac party over here in the DT offices and…well…if you’ve got to collect the whole set, then you’ll need to get a 6th generation DeVille which was the first time the full sized DeVille sedan transitioned from rear to front drive. This transition did make some difference in performance, but not the way you might have expected — the front drive version lost 500 lbs of weight (give or take), 10 inches of wheelbase, and picked up rack-n-pinion steering. To say that it is a more driver centric car is the same as saying that skunk smells better than burning hair…it’s all in the nose of the beholder. Find this 1992 Cadillac DeVille offered for $3,500 in Tucson, AZ via craigslist.
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and explore why the DT inbox is currently flooded with examples of cheap classic Cadillacs, particularly the remarkable Eldorado personal luxury coupe. First, I made the statement that I felt like a geezer because I’m oddly attracted to a ’98 example the 12th generation Eldorado. Next, Jeff tipped us for a stunning example of the 8th generation ’67 Eldo, followed by Rock On’s submission of a ’90 Seville, and finally we found this eggplant ’85 Eldorado Biarritz from the 10th generation. Exhausting, yes? But at least we now know how we got to this 9th generation Eldorado Biarritz. Find this 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz offered for $9,850 in Melborne Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Tipper Rock On sent in a nice 11th generation Eldorado for $15k so that we could continue collecting our set of Eldos (’98 here, ’67 here) , but that is expensive and I wanted something closer to…I dunno…$3k. So I found a 10th generation Eldorado, which is only a few years older, but looks way ancient because of the non-painted/integrated bumpers and wire wheel covers. But, the price is right and the paint is a sweet shade of pan fried livermush or scrapple. I love it! Find this 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz offered for $2,999 in Duluth, MN via craigslist.
What has changed in the past few years that makes me more interested in 1990s Cadillacs? Have I gotten old…or is it that the styling has aged nicely and most of the worst ones are in junkyards? I wouldn’t have looked at one twice a few years ago, and I’m enough of a snob to scoff at a front-wheel-drive luxo-boat with slushbox auto and an HT V8 (the Caddy HT V8 is no Northstar and the HT is generally considered by many to stand for Horrible Turd, but at least this one is PFI and the later 4.5 version of the HT was supposed to be much improved)…but now when I see an Eldorado, DeVille, Allante or Seville from the 90s I take a second look. This could be the symptom of early onset dementia or this could be a sign that these will become collectors items in the next few decades as people realize their charm . Find this 1990 Cadillac Seville STS offered for $4700 in Turlock, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!