Oh no! A Seville! When Cadillac sold luxury cars, and where never was heard, any combover word. Yes, the bustle back Seville. Banks of computers are coming online, electricity is churning and burning, as certain RG folks immediately start typing madly, seeing this blast from the past. Great walls o’ text, saying in multiple paragraphs and for the 4,782nd time, I do not like that car, good sir. Oh crap, the RG server is beginning to smoke. BeepabeepabeepabeepaAWOOGAAWOOGAAWOOGA!
Yes, indeedy! *cackles madly*
I like em. You know I do. Probably because I had both the Hot Wheels and Pocket Cars ’80 Sevilles as an impressionable gearhead kid. But no one would argue this design was a love it or hate it proposition. The original Seville (well, excluding the hardtop Eldorado Sevilles, made from 1956 to 1960) was a thoroughly modern design.
As a result, it found favor with younger buyers. So why GM decided to do this baroque design for the second generation version is hard to understand. Of course, Bill Mitchell wanted a striking design like this as his swan song, and before he retired, Mitchell pretty much got whatever he wanted. The new Seville looked like something Mr. Burns would buy, not a thirtysomething tennis couple. Oh well.
This one appears to be an early build, as it doesn’t have the French curve chrome accent molding later non-Elegante Sevilles all received. It appears to be in very nice shape, and I love those alloy wheels. So much cooler than the wire wheel covers seemingly 92% of these cars had. And red with red leather is always a plus in your author’s book. Though this is technically Victoria Plum Firemist, an extra-cost color.
It’s currently on offer at a car dealer in South Carolina, for $3850. UPDATE: My friend Ryan Lockhart, a fellow Broughamophile, just bought it! A steal, in my opinion. And since this is an ’80, it has the good engine, the 368 CID V8. If you want one of these, an ’80 or ’81 is the one to get, as the ’82-up Cadillacs were, ah, rather leisurely with their HT4100 engines.
If I got it I’d add whitewalls and simply enjoy it. I’m sure one of these would draw a lot of interest at cruise nights and car shows. You can only look at so many red Corvettes, Mustangs and Camaros before your eyes glaze over!