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Wheels in the Grass

’83-ish Cadillac Seville, Niagara Falls USA

And you thought the clothes of the era were tacky. This early-to-mid 1980s Cadillac Seville has a lot on its plate. From the aftermarket full cabriolet roof, through the fake trunk-mounted spare tire bump, right on down to the wire wheel covers, this car just screams out for an owner with a hairy chest and a shirt opened up down to there. Cadillac offered a full cabrio roof right from the factory, but from the smaller size of this car’s rear window, I don’t think this is one of them. Let’s go out on a limb and say that this Seville, which, even though it’s still wearing plates has been in this Niagara Falls, N.Y. driveway for a while, is a 1983 model. There were 30,430 of them built, at a starting price of $21,440. That much dough would have bought closets full of polyester suits back then. Not that there’s anything wrong with them!

base ’83 Seville — if indeed there was such a thing


with a factory cabrio roof


Seville Elegante interior

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know   


  • MaxPlanck

    The 80’s era Seville was an unfortunate experiment for the ‘standard of the world’ and could be best seen as what happens when the marketing and design teams think they know with absolute certainty what the market wants. In the end, this car diminished the Cadillac brand which they’ve fortunately restored with the cars they’ve been putting out over the last few years. Although I still can’t afford one, I do like Cadillac’s current offerings which have really given the European and Japanese luxury manufacturers some serious competition.