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Autotrader Find: Well-Preserved 1986 Cadillac Cimarron

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author photo by Doug DeMuro December 2016

If you're a connoisseur of unusual cars, you probably already know all about the Cadillac Cimarron. Likewise, you probably know the Cimarron if you read those lists that purport to name the "worst cars of the 1980s," or, in some cases, the "worst cars of all time." That's because the Cadillac Cimarron was both: unusual, and, by many accounts, quite bad.

For those of you who don't know the story of the Cimarron, here it is: The 1970s and 80s were the height of General Motors' rebadge era, by which I mean there were barely any cars in the automaker's entire portfolio that weren't badged as Oldsmobiles, and Buicks, and Pontiacs, and Chevys, despite the fact that they generally looked almost identical and had roughly the same features, engines and trim.

Although Cadillac was largely exempt from the worst of the rebadging, GM finally decided to "go there" for the 1982 model year by rolling out the Cimarron: a rebadged version of the bargain-level, bottom-end, ultra-cheap Chevy Cavalier. The response was disastrous. Even though the Cimarron offered far more luxury-oriented revisions than a usual rebadged General Motors vehicle, car reviewers -- and car shoppers -- couldn't believe GM would sully the Cadillac brand by giving it a thinly disguised Chevy Cavalier.

The result is that very few Cimarrons were purchased -- and in the 30-plus years since its debut, many fewer have survived. And that brings us to today's Autotrader Find, which is, shockingly, a perfectly preserved 1986 Cimarron offered by a private seller in Needham, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.

When I say "perfectly preserved," I really mean it. This Cimarron has covered just 26,190 miles, verified by its Carfax report, and the current owner has added just 1,000 miles in 15 years since buying it. If you were ever searching for a time-capsule Cadillac Cimarron, this is it. Best of all, it can be yours for just $8,900 -- or a few grand less than the original Cimarron's base price when it first came out in 1982.

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