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120 Years of Pure Luxury: The 21 Best Cadillacs They Ever Made

Vukasin HerbezJune 18, 2018

11. 1976 Cadillac Eldorado

The 1976 Eldorado was an automotive dinosaur in many ways. It was the last Cadillac they produced with the enormous 500 CID V8 engine. The Eldorado was also one of the biggest car engines they ever made. This was the last Cadillac convertible for over 10 years. In fact, in the late ’70s, safety laws almost killed the convertible class.

And it was the last of big land yachts to dominate the domestic car industry, too. Even during production, it was obvious the industry was changing. So, Cadillac had to rethink its strategy to stay in the game. However, the glorious 1976 Eldorado was the perfect way to end an era of monstrous engines, chrome trim and plush interiors.

12. Cadillac Seville

The 1975 Seville was shocking to Cadillac purists because it was the first downsized Caddy ever. However, it was an affordable luxury car and a smart move for the company. In fact, the Seville became one of the best U.S. sedans of the late ‘70s. After 1970 to 1977 with big land yachts and heavy cruisers, Cadillac realized the market was changing.

Those foreign cars, such as the Mercedes W116 S Class, were competing with them. So, Cadillac decided to introduce a smaller, more modern car. But, they wanted to make it every bit a Cadillac, so the market would embrace it.

And the 1975 Seville was the perfect car for the time. So, Seville sales went beyond Cadillac’s expectations. The Seville was elegant and came in the perfect size. Also, it was reasonably powerful. It even came with a long list of options and trim choices. This included the interesting slantback body style in a Gucci-themed trim package.

13. Cadillac Allante

The 1980s weren’t particularly successful for Cadillac. Throughout most of that decade, Cadillac tried to reinvent itself. They wanted to introduce cars that would fight their European competitors. But, in most cases, the ’80s Cadillacs weren’t interesting. In fact, almost all are forgotten, but one car is a future collectible. And it is the elegant Cadillac Allante Cadillac introduced in 1987.

The company envisioned the Allante as a competitor for the Mercedes SL convertible. And it was a two-seater luxury convertible they enlisted Pininfarina in Italy to style. Also, they gave it a Northstar V8 engine and front-wheel drive. This was an unusual combination, but the car looked and performed well.

Even the production process was specific because Pininfarina did the fabrication in Italy. And after that, they shipped the cars to America by jet. But this affected the cost of the final product. The Allante stayed in production until 1993 and they made over 21,000 of them. But the car was too expensive for them to produce. And allegedly, the factory lost money on every Allante they made.

14. Cadillac Escalade

Although Cadillac jumped on the luxury SUV bandwagon late in 1999 with the first-generation Escalade. However, it was just a rebadged Suburban. But soon, Caddy was one of the most dominant models in the market. The opulence of classic Cadillac cars easily transferred to the 21st century and luxury SUV segment.

Cadillac saw the opportunity, so they presented three generations of the biggest, most opulent luxury SUV models available. And the market went crazy for these apartment complexes on wheels. Although the Escalade was a rebadged Suburban, Cadillac managed to hide that with an enormous amount of luxury details. The Escalade is the perfect classic Cadillac in a modern interpretation for the next generation of luxury car buyers.

15. Cadillac CTS-V

For years, Cadillac was without a proper performance series to compete with BMW or Mercedes until the V-Series was born. It was all that Cadillac lovers dreamed of: Powerful engines, world-class handling, suspension setups and exclusive production. Even the competitors took notice when Cadillac rolled up with the new V-Series model.

The most successful was the second-generation CTS-V model they produced between 2008 and 2014. Under the hood was a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 556 HP, making the CTS-V the most powerful performance sedan on the market. The suspension and the rest of the drivetrain were advanced, so the CTS-V was the full package and one of the best cars available.

Cadillac produced three body styles, so the CTS-V came as a sedan, a coupe, and interestingly, as a wagon, too. With 556 HP LS9 V8 engine and 0 to 60 mph time of just 3.8 seconds, the second-generation CTS-V was one of the fastest four-door vehicles on the planet. The CTS-V was also a true muscle car sedan.

16. Cadillac CT6

Along with the new CTS and ATS sedans, Cadillac recently introduced a fresh new flagship sedan in the form of the CT6. It stunned the automotive public with its refinement, power and technology. This is a true definition of a modern Cadillac. Also, it is the latest car to redesign brand values while keeping the spirit of American luxury alive.

With its elegant lines, powerful four and six-cylinder engines, rear and all-wheel drivetrain, the CT6 looks like a spaceship compared to Cadillacs of bygone eras. But behind all this technology and equipment there is still the recognizable feel of a “Standard of the World” luxury sedan. And it shows that Cadillac is truly back.

17. 1959 Eldorado Brougham

Even though most car enthusiasts recognize the 1957 to 58 Eldorado Brougham, Cadillac made some even more exclusive 1959 to 60 models. And most people consider them to be one of the finest Cadillacs they ever built. In fact, Cadillac didn’t produce the Brougham at all. It was Italy’s famous Pininfarina coachbuilder.

The price was three times the price of a standard Cadillac. And in its two-year production run, they only made 200 of them. The 1959 to 60 Eldorado Brougham featured the same equipment, air suspension, 389 V8 engine and styling as regular Cadillacs, but it differed in the details.

18. 1982 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe

After the enormous and legendary 1978 Eldorado, Cadillac introduced the smaller, more modern 1979 model. The car featured front-wheel drive and upgraded ergonomics riding on a much shorter platform. The smaller dimensions brought new driving dynamics. And in 1982, Cadillac introduced an interesting package called the Eldorado Touring Coupe.

They marketed this car as a driver’s machine. It came with a stiffer suspension, black wall tires, the minimal use of chrome and a bucket seat interior. Due to its modifications, the 1982 to 1985 Eldorado Touring Coupe really a competent yet interesting car.

19. Cadillac ATS-V

To fight its German competitors in the compact executive class, Cadillac launched the ATS in 2013 and its performance version, the ATS-V, two years later. Soon they declared the smaller Cadillac one of the best and the fastest cars in its class.

Cadillac perfectly engineered it, so it was brutally fast. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine pumping 464 HP. And it can launch the ATS-V from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds with the top speed of 189 mph.

20. Cadillac Seville STS

The Seville started as a small Cadillac back in the 1970s but by the mid-90s it had evolved into a full-size car. And it came with modern and advanced technology and some interesting features. It adopted the front-wheel drive layout but enhanced it so it offered a comfortable ride yet a convincing performance.

The late ’90s Seville STS had a 4.6-liter Northstar engine. It delivered 300 HP to the front axle, making it the most powerful FWD car they ever built up to that point. The enormous power translated into a vivid performance. In fact, the STS could achieve 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which was faster than most ’90s muscle cars.

21. Cadillac Eldorado Sport Coupe

They produced the last and tenth generations of the legendary Cadillac Eldorado from 1992 to 2002. This marked the end of an era for one of the most respected nameplates in the industry. The last Eldorado was a quality-built machine full of luxury and power. But the market for such cars died, and so did this model.

The Eldorado Sport Coupe featured 4.6-liter V8 engine, sport-tuned suspension, a host of electronic systems and discrete styling cues. Even though those cars are inexpensive today, they will be highly-desirable classics in the future.

These are the 21 best Cadillacs they ever made. Which is your favorite? You can be driving a standard of the world that will make your neighbors jealous.

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