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Wheels in the Grass


1981 Cadillac Seville, Sanborn, N.Y.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say this is a 1981 Cadillac Seville. It’s presently sitting out front at a wrecking yard in Sanborn, located in the Tuscarora Indian Nation. Not much changed on this Seville bustle-backed body style, which was introduced in 1980 and carried through the 1985 model year. Engines were the big news for the ’81 Seville; standard was an Oldsmobile (!) diesel V-8—which wasn’t real popular (or reliable); optional was the dreaded V-8-6-4 engine—which ran on all eight cylinders as the car started out, then went down to six, and finally four cylinders as the car was well on its way and didn’t need all eight cylinders firing. A good idea, but unfortunately, often time zero cylinders were firing on these beasts. This all led to many lawsuits and a loss of image for GM’s luxury brand. The V-8-6-4 was discontinued after just one year. The ’81 Seville listed for $21,088 and 28,631 were produced.
—Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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