When the Cadillac XLR was released for the 2004 model year, everyone thought that the Bowling Green, KY assembled 2-seat convertible would be a Corvette with some Cadillac badging and a walnut trim interior. But it wasn’t. The XLR might have been built in the same production facility and shared a hydroformed frame as the Vette, but the XLR had a unique Cadillac NorthStar V8, magneto-rheological shock absorbers (for enhanced ride control), a 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission and a power-retractable aluminum hardtop. It also had walnut trim. Find this 2004 Cadillac XLR offered for $19,500 in Plainville, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
At first glance this car appears to have the silhouette of something that’ll is just as boring as any bland Camry/Accord/Malibu/Taurus from the early 2000s…but it isn’t. It is way more interesting because first up it is an Oldsmobile. Wait, Oldsmobile was still in business in 2001…yes, Olds didn’t close the old factory doors until 2004. Anyway, the 2nd generation Aurora has one of the most unique V6s ever put into a GM vehicle and only used in the Oldsmobile Intrigue and Aurora. The LX5 was technically a shortened version of the Cadillac Northstar V8 and has been given the nickname ShortStar or Short North and was listed in Ward’s 10 Best Engines for most of all four years of production (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002). It is one of those cars that won’t get noticed by 99.9% of the population, but you can watch their eyes glaze over as you explain by the LX5 was the best V6 GM ever built and why your car isn’t just another boring box. Find this 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 3.5 offered for $3,900 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.
Color me geezerfied, but I’m starting to think that I need a 12th (twelfth!) generation E-Body Cadillac Eldorado in my life. I’m even going to say that anyone looking for a late model Audi A5, BMW 6-series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe or Lexus Whatevertheycallthemnow Coupe should consider a used Eldorado for a few reasons. First, this car was designed in the pre-Nurburgring lap time times when comfort was more important than braking performance on a track. People who buy Corvettes don’t even take them to the track, so you think your SLS AMG is gonna see anything other than bumper-to-bumper traffic on Rodeo Drive…I don’t think so. Second, the Eldorado was the pinnacle of GM/Cadillac’s expertise in front-wheel-drive engineering and is equipped with legendary Northstar V8. And lastly, because this thing is devoid of the gimmicky infotainment systems that’ll be immediately out-dated by whatever neural-link cell-brain-computer Elon-Zucker-Gates mandates we wear 24-7 in a few years (it is for your own safety kids!!) gets put in the latest cars. This comes from a time when cars could be fixed (and still can) by any local mechanic or a good set of tools. Find this 1998 Cadillac Eldorado bidding for $3401 reserve-not-met located in Pompano Beach, FL with 3 days to go.
Many engine and body swapped Fiero’s have graced the pages of DT. What is it about the Fiero that gives off the Rodney Dangerfield no respect persona? For starters, the highest level 2.8 60 HO V6 was fine in the 1980’s, but hardly cuts the mustard by 2018 standards. The final year 1988 cars are […]
Nearly everyone has some version of a smartphone so you would think it would be relatively simple task to post clear photos of a car for sale. I am continually amazed at sellers indifference to posting decent photos. From time to time, you get a seller that thinks just because they are selling a cheap […]
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk “Stealth Fighter” was operational as early as 1983 (with maiden demonstrator flights in 1977) but its existence wasn’t announced to the public until 1988. In a strange coincidence, GM’s Buick division released its own piece of advanced technology in ’88– a hand-built two seater with 4-corner independent suspension and an advanced […]
The Pontiac Fiero was so close to greatness. It had an exotic mid-engine setup, a plastic composite body, and the combined engineering might of the best at Pontiac to make it demolish all takers…but what happened? Why did it get the same treatment as the Banshee from the 60s…were the guys at GM’s Corvette division […]
The Cadillac STS-V was high performance luxury sedan launched by GM around the same time as the CTS-V, but using more in-house Cadillac approach to the engine instead of the Corvette parts pin. The end result is that the STS-V is perhaps more interesting (with only 2500 examples built), but less exciting than the CTS-V. […]
At the intersection of dentures and drag radials – where AARP meets ARP head studs – is a beige on beige front-drive Caddy with a 70mm secret. Joining that big turbo is a long list of supporting modifications that wouldn’t look out of place on a Pro Street Camaro listing. With the stock 4.6-liter transverse-mounted Northstar V8, it all adds up […]
The Holy Grail of Pontiac Fiero family has always been the 1987-88 Mera, a car so shamelessly derivative of the Ferrari 308 that it is almost always painted red with embarrassment. According to Fiero.net, a gentleman by the name of Bob Bracey from Corporate Concepts in Michigan engineered/built the Mera conversion for Pontiac. The total […]