As you probably know, the Cadillac Escalade has become something of a phenomenon, tremendously popular with athletes and entertainers and basically anyone who wants a really bold, aggressive statement showing they’re rich. Well, it wasn’t always that way: The original Escalade was relatively subdued; little more than a gussied-up Chevy Tahoe. And for proof, well, here it is.
This is an original Cadillac Escalade from the very first model year of 1999. And unlike every other first-year Escalade, it’s a one-owner vehicle — sold new and kept for nearly two decades, according to the Carfax report, while other early Escalade models were busy finding their tenth owner who really wanted to look rich. This one is also unique in that it’s covered just 61,000 miles from new — meaning it’s quite the "cream puff," as Escalade models go.
And, yet, it still bears little resemblance to the newer models — though that’s not really due to wear and age, and more based on the fact that, indeed, the original Escalade just didn’t have the concept developed as well as the latest version. There are big panel gaps, the quality just isn’t as high, and the exterior styling is far less in-your-face than what the Escalade has evolved to become. This, some would say, is the "subtle" Escalade. And the original model was even more subtle than this one; someone added larger wheels from a later Escalade at some point in its life.
If you’re interested in taking a trip down Escalade memory lane, this one can be yours; it’s offered by Axis Auto Group in the New York City suburb of Jersey City, New Jersey, for $5,995. The Carfax report does indeed show one owner and regular maintenance, though it also notes an accident in 2005. Find a Cadillac Escalade for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.
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