While the Malaise Era provided many an ugly car, the 1980-1985 Cadillac “bustle-back” Seville was an exception. We found this pretty white over light blue cloth, 38K mile survivor in July 2019 on Craigslist near Augusta, Maine where the private seller is currently asking $8,200 or best reasonable offer. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the seller has his Seville priced $1,600 below the #2 “Excellent” level.
While the Chevrolet Nova-based ’76-’79 first-generation Cadillac sold well, it did not meet the expectations Cadillac had for the car, namely attracting younger buyers. For its 1980 redesign, Cadillac switched the Seville to the K-Body front-wheel-drive platform of the E-Body Eldorado, Buick Riviera, and Oldsmobile Toronado developed one year earlier. While the front end of the car featured squared-off styling similar to other Cadillacs of the period, what really made the Seville distinctive was its “bustle-back” trunk design that was one of the last styling exercises GM’s Bill Mitchell was involved with before he retired. So classic was the rear design that both Lincoln and Chrysler quickly copied it for their Continental sedan and Imperial coupe models, respectively. While 1980 Seville sales were very good, poor quality control combined with a choice of the horrible standard Oldsmobile Diesel engine or the even worse V-8-6-4 gas engine helped sales decline by the time our 1984 example was produced.
The seller provides this brief description: “Offered for sale or trade a 1984 Cadillac Seville. It has 38,000 original miles and is loaded with options. This is an all-original car with original paint and pristine blue velour seating and blue carpet interior. Original floor mats also in excellent condition. Comes with all original owners manuals, Cadillac service manuals and more. ”
From our perspective if the in-person inspection checks out, this will be a head-turning example at any Radwood festival or Cars and Coffee you drive it to, all while this Seville basks you in comfortable luxury you simply can no longer buy brand new. Good luck with the purchase!