1985 Cadillac Seville
The style of the tail in this Cadillac Seville is known as the “bustleback” reminiscent of high-end English limousine styling. While you’d think that the abbreviated trunk would cut into the Seville’s trunk space, brochures insisted that the new car had “more usable space” (14.5 cubic feet) than the outgoing Nova-based Seville.
For 1985, the bustleback Seville’s last year of production, Cadillac introduced a limited-run Commemorative Edition of which this is. Painted either Cotillion White or Commodore Blue, Commemoratives were stocked with virtually all the available options, plus some specific gold trim, emblems and medallions.
This Seville is front-wheel drive, electronic suspension leveling was part of the package from the outset, as were four-wheel disc brakes. The engine is a Cadillac’s HT4100, the HT for High Technology, The HT4100 was rated at just 135 horsepower, and with just 200-lbs.ft. of torque.
Seville’s sales numbers increased somewhat during the bustleback years, roughly 39,000 units per year 1980-’85, with a low point of just 19,998 units for the 1982 model year; total six-year production was 198,155.