Cadillac is one of the most iconic American car brands ever, especially when it comes to luxury vehicles. Also, it is one of the oldest car brands in the world, having been founded way back in 1902 by engineer Henry M. Leland and two partners. Cadillac quickly made a name for itself, and by 1909, when it was bought by General Motors, it was already one of the most popular choices in America.
During its long, successful history, this car brand became popular for offering stylish, reliable, and innovative cars, and it was the first to mass-produce luxury vehicles after the war. Today, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and compile a list of the 15 sickest Cadillacs ever made. Our personal favorite might just be the 1946 Fleetwood Series 75. What about you? Anyway, let’s get right to it!
15. 1930 V16
In 1930, Cadillac managed to surpass Packard as the preferred choice for Americans looking for a luxury vehicle with the introduction of V16, the first 16-cylinder engine car. The car is a stand-out both in its design and engine, and it is definitely one of the most iconic vehicles Cadillac has ever made.
14. 1940 Series 62
This torpedo-shaped vehicle is one of the most elegant cars we have ever seen, and the American automakers did a great job of blending 1930s elegance with something a little more modern for the 1940s. In March of last year, one was put up for sale for $94,995.
13. 1946 Fleetwood Series 75
You might be familiar with the 1946 Fleetwood Series 75 if you are a fan of old-school gangster movies. After the war, it was one of the first mass-produced luxury vehicles. However, it was released at a time when “Cadillac-fever” was high, so there were still many more unfulfilled orders than purchases that year.
12. 1953 Eldorado Convertible
It would be impossible to compile a list of the greatest Cadillacs and omit the 1953 Eldorado Convertible. Eldorados were produced for around 50 years, and it all started with this legendary model. It was the most expensive car offered by the American automakers at the time, and it remained so for a long time.
11. 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham is a hell of a head-turner, especially today. However, its price causes more of a headache than a head-turn, as in today’s dollars, it was more costly than a Ferrari or a Rolls-Royce. This vehicle greatly combined luxury and style, and some Cadillac fans will tell you it might just be their best car to date.
10. 1959 de Ville Series
If you’re a fan of Snoop Dogg, you’re definitely familiar with the Coupe de Ville, an elongated car with tail fins that looks great in rap videos. It came equipped with a 325-horsepower engine , and in 1959, more than 50,000 of them were sold. The next year, it was redesigned, and it was never the same again.
9. 1965 Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham
The 1965 Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham is a four-door sedan based on the popular Eldorado convertible, and this fleetwood-bodied vehicle is one of the finest ever produced by the American automakers. It seems like even back then, people were obsessed with nostalgia, as this one was an homage to Cadillacs from the 1930s.
8. 1975-1976 Mirage
The Cadillac Mirage is a car that looks a bit like the El Camino (shout out to Breaking Bad), but it’s a lot more rare. In fact, only 200 of these were made. Fun fact – the first one ever made was sold to legendary stunt man Evil Knievel. This one came equipped with the same V8 engine as the de Ville.
7. 1976 Eldorado Fleetwood Convertible
In 1976, Cadillac decided that it would stop producing convertibles as they felt like the trend was dying out, and this was the last one they made. Of course, we now know that convertibles never really went out of style, as there is always a market for them. Today, you can still find this model on the market.
6. 1980 Seville Elegante
The Elegante was produced for almost thirty years, and during its entire run, it held the title of the most expensive Cadillac sedan. This one has a European design, from the outside all the way to the interior, with high-quality materials such as velvety leather and carpeting. In addition, its technology was highly advanced at the time.
5. 1999 Escalade
In the late '90s, Cadillac was still producing great cars, but they were no longer the vehicle of choice for the rich and the elite. However, all that changed with the introduction of the legendary Cadillac Escalade, a car still being produced today. When it came out, the Escalade became a must-have for the wealthy and celebrities.
4. 1937 Phaeton
The 1937 Cadillac Phaeton is a one-of-a-kind custom-built beauty that was auctioned off for almost a million dollars. This car is so legendary that it inspired a concept Cadillac in 2010, more than 70 years later! This one came equipped with a V6 engine and three-speed manual transmission. Look at that thing; doesn’t it simply look outstanding?
3. 1959 Eldorado Biarritz
There is only one word that comes out of our mouths when looking at the Eldorado Biarritz – epic. It’s quite a rare car, as only 1,320 of them were produced, so today, they’re highly sought-after by car collectors far and wide. At an auction, it can easily go for around $175,000.
2. Second Generation CTS-V
Today, the CTS-V is currently in its third-generation, but it’s just not as good as the second-gen produced between 2011 and 2014. It’s hard to find a luxury wagon with as much power as this one, as well as such a beautiful design. It is priced at just under $70,000, and in our opinion, it is well worth it.
1. Series 67 Park Avenue
In the early '60s, if you wanted to show off your wealth, there was no better way to do so than by purchasing a Series 67 Park Avenue. Even the name sounds fancy! This massive luxury vehicle was much too imposing not to turn heads, and today, you can still find some on the market.