The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Seville calls it a “no hit car” indicating an accident-free existence. It’s got low miles and high class, but will its price prove a hit with you?
You say tomato and I say tomato, you say kit car and I say component car… let’s call the whole thing off. Yesterday’s 1983 Bremen Sebring was most accurately described as a component car seeing as it was factory-built, and licensed not as its chassis-source Volkswagen but as a Bremen Sebring.
That being said, it still exhibited many of the standard kit car talismans—somewhat awkward proportions, indifferent fit and material usage, one working door—that generally denote a backyard build. It’s unsurprising then that the car’s not unsubstantial pricetag was met with a heady 70-percent Crack Pipe vote. And yes, you would too rather have a Chrysler Sebring, buh-ha, ha, ha, ha…
Or, perhaps you’d like this 1978 Cadillac Seville Elegante instead.
This Ruidoso Saddle over Western Saddle Firemist beauty sports just 19,000 miles and represents the ultimate expression of the car Cadillac once described as “Internationally Sized.”
However you want to describe it today, it’s irrefutable that the first-generation Seville’s style has held up as well or even better than pretty much any other ‘70s American car. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this is a damn-fine looking car. This model eschews the vinyl roof that most of the first-gen cars rocked, but it’s still pretty fancy in its appearance.
With so few miles you’s expect a near-new presentation, and based on the pictures that’s just what this Caddy brings. The body appears to be in excellent condition and rides on true wire wheels wrapped appropriately enough in fat whitewall tires. The two-tone Elegante paint is accentuated by a full-length strip of chrome at the swage line and even the rub strips in the brilliantly chromed bumpers are color coordinated. That’s a pretty sweet detail.
Inside things get even better. There’s like dead cow spread all over the place, and the plastics look to be a cut above average. If there’s fault to be found here it’s perhaps that the carpet exhibits a bit of fade. Other than that, it’s like slipping into your grandfather’s tuxedo.
The seller describes the functional aspects of the car as being even better than the looks. That doesn’t mean it’s been a cake walk for the car all these years. The ad notes the replacement of several components of the cooling and fueling systems, some multiple times—I’m looking at you, Mr. Fuel Pump.
Not using a car can cause almost as much mechanical degradation as using it can. Systems lack lubrication; bearings and bushings fatigue from constant single loading; seals dry; etc…. You’ve got to get your cars out and give them a little exercise every now and again just to keep them happy.
This Caddy might make some new owner very happy, at least one willing to come up with the $24,995 the seller is asking for it. Okay, just a quick question here, are Cadillac Sevilles now a thing? If you check the classifieds, these cars fall into two general categories—cheap-ass crapwagons and nicely maintained examples that are asking big bank.
This one obviously falls into the latter category. We’ve seen that values on cars like the Lincoln Continental MK III have risen appreciably. That’s because fewer examples are left on the road and the desirability pendulum for old American iron has swung back in their favor. Could the ‘70s Seville be seeing that too?
What’s your take on this elegant Elegante and that $24,995 price? Does that seem fair for a car in such nice condition? Or, is that price too “internationally sized” for your taste?
H/T to fauxshizzle for the hookup!
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