At $12,200, Could This 1981 Cadillac Seville Limo Give You a Rustle in Your Bustle?

Photo: Craigslist
Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

The second generation Cadillac Seville initiated a whole generation of bustle-back booty calls. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe candidate has the added advantage of an extended wheelbase and limo accommodations. Let’s see what that all might just be worth.

Rodney Dangerfield famously claimed that he “got no respect, no respect at all.” He was in fact one of the most respected comedians of his era, but he gained that esteem by playing the downtrodden card.


Yesterday’s 1993 Volkswagen Corrado on the other hand, couldn’t even get murdered in this town. At least not at its $10,000 asking price. Many of you took issue with its customizations while some even thought the locales chosen for its ad photos dipped the value. In the end, it came up short with an insurmountable 68 percent Crack Pipe loss. No respect at all, indeed.

If you want to be seen as important and hence respected, you could do far worse than to drive—nay, be driven in—today’s 1981 Cadillac Seville stretch-limousine. It just looks like how a mover and a shaker would roll, at least one with a unique and somewhat iconoclastic sense of style.

The second generation of Seville was a far cry from the model’s Teutonic-inspired first take. The successor featured a rococo rear end that found its inspiration in the sweeping lines of English coachbuilt sedans of the 1950s. The design was a complete departure from its squared-off and simple predecessor, and so were its underpinnings. The first Seville was based on the X-body platform donated by the Chevy Nova, but with sufficient changes to warrant its own ‘K-body’ designation. That rear-wheel drive, solid rear axle design was pretty SOP for the era.


In contrast, the Seville II, Electric Boogaloo rode on the FWD E-body platform shared with the Eldorado. It offered an independent rear suspension, and above that a booty that you could call... well, unique.

That wouldn’t last for long as Chrysler adopted the styling trope for the ’81-’83 Imperial, while Ford picked it up for the Granada-based Continental starting in ’82. In 1986 GM got sick of all the copycatting and redesigned the Seville extracting pretty much all of the car’s interesting aesthetics.


This one has all the goods, and more. The ad doesn’t say who did the chop and stretch, but it’s seemingly a professional job and provides the car with a rumpus room in back. That space features room for four and a combo TV/bar in the corner.


The red velour upholstery back there is probably not as easy to clean as the leather up front, but it all looks to be in fine shape. There’s also an ancient car phone in back and a CB radio up front in case you want to call up, respectively, Robin Leech or Burt Reynolds.


The bodywork is in decent shape with body gaps that are typical of the era. The two-tone paint holds a shine, as seemingly does the vinyl roof which somebody has handily ArmorAll’d like their life depended on it. Wide white wall tires and faux wire wheel covers fill the generous arches and class the joint up a good bit. Out back a boomerang antenna adorns the boot lid in true ‘80s fashion. Mounting holes for an absent Continental Kit mar the rear bumper. Kind of miss that former ass icon.


What about the mechanicals? Well the selling dealer is light on the details in the ad, but they do note that the car comes ‘fully serviced.’ This big Caddy also comes with GM’s notorious L62 V8-6-4 engine, or at least that’s what the badge on the fender indicates. These variable displacement engines were intended to improve fuel economy, however the meager gains afforded by cutting off the valve actuation to various cylinders when under light load was countered by owner aggravation as the system’s flaky electrics rendered cars un-driveable. The eventual fix would be to cut a transmission sensor wire disabling the modular displacement function. Perhaps that’s been done to this car.


Regardless, there’s only 80K on the clock and the car comes with a clean title. Why would you want a car of these proportions and unique aesthetics? Well, maybe you have a lot of kids and they’re all going through their baroque phase. Hell, if it keeps them from turning Emo or Hipster, it’s worth it. Alternatively you could be seeking to win the weirdest ride at Radwood award, an honor for which this Caddy would certainly be in the running. When not rocking Radwood it could earn its keep doing car service duty.

Whatever the reason, there’s one thing that you would need to overcome and that’s having enough garage space to hide your shame store the car. You’d also need to come up with its $12,200 asking and we’re now going to vote on whether or not you should.


What do you think, cold this stretchy Seville be worth that $12,200 asking? Or, is that price also a stretch?

You decide!


Youngstown, OH Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Fauxshizzle for the hookup!

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Rob Emslie

Rob Emslie is a contributing writer for Jalopnik. He has too many cars, and not enough time to work on them all.