The 80s were filled with vehicles that have stood the test of time. The 1980 Cadillac Seville is one of those cars that you may stumble upon as it drives past you on the road. A recent AutoWeek piece explored this classic car.
1980 Cadillac Seville
“The original 1976-1979 Cadillac Seville was based on the proletariat-grade Chevrolet Nova; it sold well but cheapened Cadillac’s image (a process that accelerated when the Chevy Cavalier-based Cimarron debuted in 1981),” according to the AutoWeek piece.
“For 1980, Cadillac moved the Seville name over to the front-wheel-drive platform used by the Cadillac Eldorado, Buick Riviera, and Oldsmobile Toronado, adding a very distinctive ‘bustleback’ trunk design inspired by Cadillacs and LaSalles of the 1930s.”
This is one of the first instances where automakers took cues from cars of decades past. Later on we saw companies in the sport/muscle class do this with cars like the Ford Mustang. However, this was a design cue that completely caters to class.
“I’m such a fan of the Bustleback Seville that I arm-twisted a 24 Hours of Lemons team into converting their race-winning 1984 Chevrolet Camaro into the world’s only race-winning Coupe Seville, via an ill-advised body swap,” wrote Murilee Martin in the article.
It is definitely a different style of vehicle and one that you can really appreciate even in the modern times we live in. This was surely class personified in 1980 and Cadillac seems to be continuing to hold those standards higher and higher as decades go on.
To check out the complete article on the 1980 Cadillac Seville, click here.