Junkyard Gem: 1987 Cadillac Cimarron

The general’s Cadillac division meanwhile reached its previous sales record the model year 1973with 304,839 cars sold. Then the OPEC oil embargo in the fall of this year The oil price tripledwhile accelerating several negative trends in the American economy. Subsequently, Sale of imported luxury cars billowed, the president resigned, the communists conquered South Vietnam, and Cadillac introduced a small car based on the proletariat Chevrolet Nova. Sales of these Sevilles – which cost more than three times the price of their Nova siblings – proved strong, so it made sense to develop a Cadillac version of the Nova replacement: the front-wheel drive Chevrolet Cavalier, which was first introduced for the 1982 model year. This is how the Cadillac Cimarron was born, and that’s what we have for today Junkyard gem.

The cimarron remained in production for the 1982-88 model years, but sales were strongest in the early years, and so the 1982-83 cars made up the majority finds my Cimarron junkyard. This very clean ’87 in a Denver area yard is a rare late-production car.

While the Cimarron was by far the fanciest GM J-body ever made, it is Cavalier descent was unmistakable. While Nova-based Seville caused some grumbling over the cheering of the Cadillac brand, the Cimarron inspired widespread anger and revulsion among those who love cars.

Even with a leather interior and a nice audio system, the Cimarron was still causing pain to its owners who watched Cheo Cavaliers (and) Pontiac J2000s and Olds Firenzas) look almost identical at a glance, but cost far less. In 1987, the list price for a new Cimarron started at $ 15,032 (about $ 35,550 in 2021). The cheekiest Cavalier traded at $ 7,255 that year despite being loaded Cavalier RS ​​sedan with V6 engine started at $ 9,159.

For 1982 to 1986 the basic drive train in the Cimarron consisted of one 1.8-liter or 2.0-liter four-cylinder – Yes, the same two-digit engines as the Cavaliers – paired with a four- or five-speed manual transmission. The 2.8 liter V6 with 125 horses was an option in these cars and became standard equipment in the 1987 and 1988 Cimarrons.

The five-speed manual transmission came standard on the ’87 Cimarronand buyers could get $ 75 in credit using the four-speed manual transmission instead (if four-speed seems ridiculously out of date on the ground for 1987, remember that Toyota Tercels sold on the US market with this setup until 1996This car has the optional three-speed automatic which is an additional $ 390. However, very few Cimarron buyers opted for the three-pedal rig I have seen a few in junk yards over the years.

Rare? Yes. Precious? Not at all.

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