Autotrader Find: 1986 Cadillac Cimarron

Although Autotrader has a vast array of cars for sale, it’s still tremendously difficult to find certain old, ultra-rare vehicles. The Cadillac Cimarron is one of those vehicles — and yet, here it is for sale on Autotrader.

For those of you who don’t remember the Cadillac Cimarron, it was built from 1982 to 1986 as an "upscale" version of the Chevrolet Cavalier, to bring Cadillac some "entry level" car shoppers. What actually happened was that consumers and car journalists assailed its quality, noting that it was little more than a Cavalier with a different grille and some leather. It was an excellent lesson in how not to launch an entry-level model — a lesson Cadillac learned and applied to later offerings like the Catera, CTS and ATS.

Over time, however, the once-awful Cadillac Cimarron has grown in status with car enthusiasts, to the point where it’s now sort of a cult icon: A special car that you rarely see around. This particular 1986 model is in excellent shape, is finished in silver with a red leather interior and has just 49,000 original miles, and it’s likely one of the best-preserved Cimarron models around.

The seller seems aware of its preservation, as he notes in the ad that it’s a very rare fine "if you are a Cadillac Cimarron enthusiast" — and yes, those exist. This particular Cimarron is available in Needham, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb, for $8,900.

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