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.