I’m sure a few remember this car. No, not the Cimarron in general. This exact car. I wrote it up earlier this year. At the time it was offered on Craigslist and in Middletown, CT. For a mere three grand. Well it’s back, now in New York, and the current bid is $7300.
Yes, so many expend so much vitriol on these. But I always liked them. Chalk it up to seeing one up close in 1988 at the Chicago Auto Show. In particular, the later ones like this ’86, with the composite headlamps, cladding, nice alloys and 2.8L V6. Was it still clearly a J-body GM product? Sure. But all the little refinements, especially to the nose and tail, made for a much more cohesive and upscale look, at least in your author’s opinion.
And I’ve always been a sucker for silver with bright red leather interior. This one, with a shade over 48,000 original miles, is a time capsule, love it or hate it. And the great thing is you could buy it, drive it, enjoy it, and never worry about depreciation or value because let’s face it, the odds of these becoming valuable are slim to none.
Per the eBay auction: “This 1986 Cadillac Cimarron is an original. The owner has had it for 1 year. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend drives.”
“…with a little over 48,000 actual miles, this vehicle has always been garaged and its exterior is nearly excellent. There are no dents or dings, and absolutely no rust. Interior leather still smells new and is still soft as it was when new.”
“Carpet, headliner and leather show very little wear and even leather steering wheel has beautiful finish with no damage. The engine is a 2.8 liter v-6 that starts right up and runs well. Transmission shifts flawlessly. All power options work except the power antenna – it was broken off.”
“6 way seats on both sides and recliners, auto dimming mirror and compass. I have a few sets of keys (4) with 2 authentic gold Cadillac keys and original owner books.”
“This is a truly unique Cadillac!!! Thanks for looking! If you have any questions or would like to see it please leave a message or feel free to call me at 516-398-1964 – I’m Andrew.”
It would make an interesting summer driver, or to take to cruise nights. I’d walk past a row of red Camaros and Corvettes to check one of these out. Were they a questionable decision. Perhaps. Did they give wags a punchline when talking about Cadillac Motor Division? Yep.
Anyway as of this writing (9/26) there’s five days to go on the auction. And I still like them. Though I’d probably veer towards a triple navy blue Brougham d’Elegance if that time machine ever gets fixed…