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Champagne Classic: 1993 Cadillac Allante 60K – NOW $10,450

Champagne Classic: 1993 Cadillac Allante 60K – NOW $10,450

General Motors (“GM”) has a history of launching cars that fall short of consumer’s expectations at launch.  GM’s designers and engineers then spend years trying to improve the car in a fruitless attempt to increase sales. Finally, just when they get the car right,  GM’s bean counters pull the plug on producing the vehicle any longer. One of the most famous examples of this behavior is Cadillac’s ill-fated Allante. 

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First Factory: 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 51K – STILL $24,000

First Factory: 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 51K – STILL $24,000

Founded as an independent engineering firm in 1967, the company worked independently providing upgrades for various Mercedes-Benz products. Through the 1970s and 1980s, well-heeled Mercedes enthusiasts ordered a new Benz and then had it shipped to AMG for a conversion that featured high engine performance packages, alloy wheels, and styling products. By 1998, the new C43 AMG featured a 306 horsepower 4.3 Liter V8.  The C43 AMG has the distinction of being the first AMG car completely assembled at the Mercedes factory following the acquisition of AMG by DaimlerChrysler earlier that year. 

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Poor Proportions: 1979 Cadillac Seville Opera Coupe 26K – STILL $24,000

Poor Proportions: 1979 Cadillac Seville Opera Coupe 26K – STILL $24,000

One of the more interesting automotive customizing trends during the Malaise Era (1972 to 1984) was Neoclassic. Coachbuilders would modify a then-new personal luxury car with Gatsby Era styling cues, leaving the stock drivetrain and hardpoints in place. One of the more interesting examples from the period were Cadillac Seville Opera Coupes.

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