Low Mileage 1985 Cadillac Seville Survivor

This mid-eighties luxury time capsule is a 1985 Cadillac Seville with only 88,077 miles on the odometer. You can get this former status icon for a reasonable sum of $3,700. The car is located in Snohomish, Washington. It is up for sale because the father in law of the seller is no longer able to drive. Thank you Ikey H for the tip. You can view more here on craigslist.

This is the last year for the second generation of Seville. Powering this big, white brick is a 4.1 liter V8 that when new, was a measly 135 horsepower. That is connected to a 4-speed automatic transmission. While it might seem strange to us now, back then, having a front wheel drive V8 was common, as this second generation had that. GM sold over 39,000 examples in 1985 alone.

The interior in this car certainly stands out and is a highly notable aspect of the car. For its age, this red interior is in incredibly good condition. The floor mats are a bit dusty but nothing a vacuum can’t fix. Photos of the roof show a professionally redone headliner. That is very fitting to accompany the sunroof. What a luxury statement to have a sunroof on this blast from the past.

The seller claims in the listing that the car has a clean title. They also state that new brakes and shocks were installed on the car a year or so ago. This bustle-back design car does not have the “full cabriolet roof” of the time period, which would make it look like a four-door convertible. Even without it, the car still has a presence and would be a decent daily driver with a bit of luxury tossed in.

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  1. Danger Dan

    There is a small and eclectic group that collects only the ugliest cars ever made. After seeing this advert I will do my best to contact them.

    • woodley

      whats their name i should join

    • Ralph

      Do they have a newsletter?

  2. Dave

    There was a guy in Fort Worth who had one of these and was in a band called Pimpadelic. How fitting!

  3. grant

    A malaise era Caddy with a malaise era motor. Nicely preserved to be sure but there’s better driver class cars for the money, unless you really want one of these. The redone headliner does bring it up a few notches. No matter how well preserved GM cars of this age look ratty when the headliner is falling.

  4. NotSure Member

    As a 20-something when these were introduced I was wowed by the styling! I still like them today but do not see myself owning one. It’s probably the fading memories of my wasted youth that brought me such happiness with the styling

  5. Ikey Heyman Member

    Would go look at this if it was near me, the price seems reasonable providing it looks as good in person as the photos seem to indicate.

  6. Jack Quantrill

    They made a bad thing worse, by offering a diesel in this toad!

    • Mark

      I have diesel and ……. never any problem.
      Also Monte Carlo with diesel …. never any issue

      • ACZ

        That’s what I like to hear. I had a diesel Coupe deVille and a diesel Riviera. Never a problem with either. Both were great cars. Way too many nay sayers about diesels. Probably never owned one.

  7. Mark

    Perfect car – quality Nd durability
    I have 2 of them gas and diesel.
    Never any problems

  8. Puhnto

    My dad loved these and finally had one. It was a diesel, and he’d always wanted a diesel. Think of it what you will but it was actually nice to drive and very comfortable! He would have gone for this one in a minute, with the red leather.

  9. Rodney - GSM

    “Baby’s Got Back”

  10. CanuckCarGuy

    Always liked the bustle back cars from the Big 3…The white on this one is a bit of a downer, compared to some of the two-tone combinations of the day.

  11. Coventrycat

    Looks much better without the fake fabric top.

  12. BeeMoe

    Ugliest Caddie ever. Ever.

    • ACZ

      Have you ever looked at an 86 Seville?

    • theGasHole

      I’m guessing you’ve never seen a Cimarron.

  13. Mark

    Wow painful. How about the NEW junks coming from GM. They are very perfect or roomy inside?
    They looks like Chevy Chevette – oversized with upscale large wheels.
    GM had the worst recalls records last 8 years
    Every GM vehicle sold have 4-6 recalls.
    I own 1987 olds station wagon custom.
    1989 Caddilac Brougham, 1987 elcamino,
    Not single problems – no recalls
    This is my story

  14. Roseland Pete

    Always loved this styling.

  15. Paul

    Beauty or ugly is in the eye of the beholder. 😂😂To me the Chevy Cadillac Cimarron was the worst, closely followed by the 1985 and 1986 boxes that they put cadillac badges on. I liked the bustlebacked Sevilles as they reminded me of the Rolls Royce saloons.

  16. Stevie G Member

    I had a couple of these over the years, an ’85 like this, burgundy in & out with the velour seats & moonroof (very elegant looking but underpowered & rather unreliable with that 4.1 turf of an engine), an ’84 in firethorn red with white leather (same engine, same lack of both power & reliability, yet a less elegant, more pimp-ish appeal) and a 1980 Elegante series, silver over black 2-tone with black leather & a moonroof but a cast iron 368 cubic inch v-8 (4-6-8 engine with the 4-6-8 feature disabled). That was my favorite for both performance & reliability. A little bit of a penalty in gas mileage but REALLY worth it! I am actually not a big fan of this body style, but I like how they ride, they don’t handle bad, & in my neighborhood ya need a Cadillac to blend in lol. Right on the edge of a rather wealthy older subdivision to the west by a mere 4 blocks & a rather “diverse” part of town to both the east & north. No matter which way I go, a Cadillac is credible. Having worked for a hearse and limo dealer in the past, I drove a lot of Cadillacs & really liked them (except the 4.1’s & the Northstars).
    Those are my excuses for driving them. Truth be known, I just like Cadillacs lol. I love all cars, but Cadillacs, big Buicks & Chrysler products are my favorites.
    Anyhow, back to this Seville…I would love to have it. Great condition, excellent color combo, and the Olds 455 will bolt right in once that 4.1 grenades. What is to not like? Even the price is good. I wish I had. an extra $4,000 lying around.

  17. John


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