When Cadillac introduced the Corvette-powered CTS-V, enthusiasts got what they wanted: a true hot rod strain of a car. Unfortunately, not too many of those enthusiasts had real Cadillac money. Let’s see if today’s Nice price or no dice ’05 is now priced to spark a little more enthusiasm.
Many of you watched yesterday 1993 Chevy Lumina Z34 noting something along the lines of “nice car, but at the end of the day it’s still a Lumina.” That damnation shone a light on the Lumina’s greatest weakness; being the automotive equivalent of Wonder Bread. And while a rare Z34 edition and with remarkably low mileage, that stigma failed to spark much enthusiasm for the car’s $7,500 asking price. In the end though that’s amazing squeaked continue with one 51 percent nice prize won.
If the Lumina was representative of GM’s idea of a ’90s sporty family car, what’s in the similar take from the ’00s? Well, maybe something similar Cadillac CTS-V from 2005. This is a car that is much more capable than its ten-year older ancestor and, thankfully, is both V8 powered and rear wheel drive.
At one point, Cadillac was the epitome of class and cool in the American automotive world, a role the brand played from the pre-war era straight up through the 1960s. By thenhowever, things started to change. The most notable of those change factors were the waves of oil production slowdowns caused by OPEC as a way of political muscle of the organization. The resulting gas shortages and price spikes drove car buyers of all types to look for more economical options. TThat included luxury car buyers who began trading their Cadillac boats for smaller and more efficient cars from Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar, among others. The threat to the American automaker became so acute that in 1975 Cadillac released its own smaller, more fuel-efficient car, the Seville.
That was the first real effort Cadillac attempted to rebrand itself in an effort to remain relevant in the U.S. luxury car market. Over the years we have seen other attempts such as the failed Cimarron and Catera, and greater successes with the Escalade.
In the early 2000s, Cadillac decided to embrace luxury performance as a way to compete, and at the forefront of this effort was a performance line designated by the letter “V” and a new front-engine/rear-wheel drive compact car. called the CTS. The CTS-V would get its marching orders from a 5.7-liter V8 donated by Chevy’s Corvette and would be offered with a manual transmission, the first such owner-drive in a Cadillac product since that time. deplorable Cimarron of the eighties.
By now, we’re all pretty familiar with the CTS-V, as it remained in Caddy’s lineup throughout the 2019 model year. This is a car of the first generation and comes with a modest 89,500 on the counter, although the seller claims that number can grow as the car is seemingly used as a driver.
The color scheme is tin metallic over a standard black leather and Alcantara interior. According to the description in the advertisement, there are a few dents and scratches in the paint, which is to be expected from a car that is almost 20 years old and used. The interior appears to be in very nice condition, albeit full of the multi-textured hard plastics that GM seemed to love in this day and age. We can’t blame the car for that, and it’s offset somewhat by the large screen on the center console which gives the space a certain sense of modernity.
Under the hood is a 400 hp version of the Corvette’s LS6 V8. That is mated to a Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission via a dual-mass flywheel. A limited slip differential in the back keeps all those ponies from getting too out of hand.
Aftermarket oneadditions, according to the ad, include a Lingenfelter cold air intake and Magnaflow cat-back exhaust. The tires are said to have only been used for 5,000 miles and are wrapped powder coated factory alloys. There isn’t much in the way of maintenance or mechanical status in the ad, but it would be expected that something blatant would be mentioned as every dent has been.
A clean title and an eBay Buy-It-Now price of $21,500 package everything we need to know about this Caddy. No one seems to be biting at this price, and there are apparently no bids at the auction’s starting point of $15,900. Where might the seller have gone wrong?
What’s your take on this CTS-V and that $21,500 price tag? Does that seem like a deal for a nice sedan with a stick? Or is that just sticking to us?
eBay.com from Idaho Falls, Idaho, or go here when the ad disappears.
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