When Cadillac introduced the Corvette-powered CTS-V, it gave enthusiasts what they wanted: a real hot rod of a car. Unfortunately, not too many of those enthusiasts had real Cadillac money. Let’s see if it’s today Nice price or no dice ’05 is now priced to generate a little more excitement.
Many of you watched the 1993 Chevy Lumina Z34 and commented 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 significantly low mileage, that stigma couldn’t spark much enthusiasm for the car’s $7,500 asking price. In the end, however, that amazing beeped continue with a 51 percent nice prize won.
If the Lumina was representative of GM’s idea of a ’90s sports family car, what’s in the similar recording from the 00s? Well, maybe something similar 2005 Cadillac CTS-V. This is a car that is much more capable than its ancestor ten years older and, luckily, is both V8-powered and rear-wheel drive.
At one point, Cadillac was the epitome of class and cool on the American auto scene, a role the brand enjoyed from the antebellum era. straight up through the sixties. By that timeHowever, things started to change. Most notable of those change agents have been the waves of oil production slowdowns caused by OPEC as a way of political strength of the organization. The resulting gas shortages and price hikes led car buyers of all types of cars to look for more fuel-efficient options. Tincluding luxury car buyers who started trading in 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 attempt Cadillac tried to rebrand itself in an effort to remain relevant in the US 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 denoted 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 in such a line in a Cadillac product since. deplorable Cimarron from the 80s.
By now, we’re all fairly familiar with the CTS-V, as it remained in Caddy’s lineup until the 2019 model year. This is a first generation car and comes with a modest 89,500 on the clock, 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 ad there are a few dents and scratches in the paint, something you would expect from an almost 20 year old used car. The interior appears to be in very nice condition, albeit full of hard, multi-textured plastics that GM seemed to like in this era. We can’t blame the car for that, and that’s somewhat offset by the large screen in the center console that gives the room a certain sense of modernity.
Under the hood is a 400 horsepower edition 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 rear ensures that all those ponies don’t get too out of hand.
Aftermarket oneDditions, according to the ad, include a Lingenfelter cold air intake and Magnaflow cat-back exhaust. The tires are said to have only used 5,000 miles and are wrapped factory alloys with powder coating. Not much in the way of maintenance or mechanical status is mentioned in the ad, but it would be expected that something serious would be mentioned as every dent has been made.
A clean title and an eBay Buy-It-Now price of $21,500 wraps everything we need to know about this Caddy. No one seems to be biting this price, and apparently there are no bids on the starting point of the $15,900 auction either. Where could 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 does that just keep us going?
eBay from Idaho Falls, Idaho, or go here when the ad disappears.
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