Monday, August 21, 2017
Danville Street Sighting - 1987 Cadillac Cimarron
First up this week is a car that many still believe should never have been made. It's the Cadillac Cimarron. Or if you go by the sales literature, "the Cimarron, by Cadillac".
The General's Privates. It was dedicated to rarely seen versions of General Motors J-body compacts that I had photographed in passing. Most were Cimarrons. In recent years a good Cimarron specimen has become pretty scarce. I found this one for sale in Danville, advertised with only 76,000 miles. It looks like an older person owned it judging by the low mileage and good condition apart from, well, let's face it. My grandma bumped into a lot of things with her last car. This one has found a few solid objects in its time but is very well kept.
Chrysler believed that small FWD luxury cars were the future. Ford didn't have a very good time experimenting with small Lincolns and certainly never tried making a Lincoln version of, say, the Escort. The Ford Granada-based Versailles sedan of the late 1970s is remembered today only because hot rodders like to use the rear axles. Compact luxury cars were a difficult lesson for domestic automakers to learn, one that they're still learning today in order to compete in the global market. The Cimarron showed that you can't rush a product and expect people to love it.
Photographed June 2017