18. Cadillac Seville
The 1975 Seville was shocking to Cadillac purists as the first downsized Caddy ever. It was an affordable luxury car, an extremely smart move by the company. In fact, the Seville is one of the best U.S. sedans of the late ’70s. The 1970-77 period was marked by big land yachts and heavy cruisers.
However, Cadillac realized the market had turned to nimbler, more precise foreign cars, such as the Mercedes W116 S Class. The company decided to introduce a smaller, more modern car every bit a Cadillac so the market would accept it as such.
The 1975 Seville was the perfect car for the time. Sales went beyond expectations. The Seville was elegant, perfectly-sized, and reasonably powerful. Also, it came with a long list of options and trim choices, including an interesting Slantback body style. Customers could even get a Gucci-themed trim package. This will go down as a model when Cadillac gambled with their sedans and won.