The Basic’s Cadillac Division hit its all-time gross sales report in the course of the 1973 mannequin 12 months, with 304,839 automobiles bought. Then the OPEC oil embargo within the fall of that 12 months prompted oil costs to triple, whereas concurrently accelerating a number of damaging developments within the American financial system. Within the aftermath, gross sales of imported luxurious automobiles surged, the President resigned, the communists conquered South Vietnam, and Cadillac launched a compact automotive based mostly on the proletariat Chevrolet Nova. Gross sales of these Sevilles — which value higher than triple the value of their Nova siblings — proved sturdy, and so it appeared to make sense to create a Cadillac-ized model of the Nova’s alternative: the front-wheel-drive Chevrolet Cavalier, which debuted for the 1982 mannequin 12 months. Thus was the Cadillac Cimarron born, and that is what we have for at this time’s Junkyard Gem.

The Cimarron stayed in manufacturing for the 1982 by way of 1988 mannequin years, however gross sales have been strongest for the primary few years and so the 1982-83 automobiles make up the majority of my Cimarron junkyard finds. This very clear ’87 in a Denver-area yard is a uncommon late-production automotive.

Though the Cimarron was by far the swankiest GM J-Physique ever made, its Cavalier ancestry was unmistakable. Whereas the Nova-based Seville prompted some grumbling over the cheapening of the Cadillac model, the Cimarron impressed widespread anger and loathing amongst those that love automobiles.

Even with a leather-based inside and good audio system, the Cimarron nonetheless prompted ache to its homeowners who noticed cheapo Cavaliers (and Pontiac J2000s and Olds Firenzas) trying practically an identical at a look but costing far much less. In 1987, the record worth on a brand new Cimarron began at $15,032 (about $35,550 in 2021 {dollars}). The most cost effective Cavalier listed at $7,255 that 12 months, although the loaded Cavalier RS sedan with V6 engine began at $9,159.

For 1982 by way of 1986, the bottom powertrain within the Cimarron consisted of a 1.8-liter or 2.0-liter four-cylinder — sure, the identical double-digit-horsepower engines that went into Cavaliers — paired with a four- or five-speed guide transmission. The two.8-liter V6, rated at 125 horses, was an choice in these automobiles and have become commonplace tools within the 1987 and 1988 Cimarrons.

The five-speed guide got here as commonplace tools within the ’87 Cimarron, and patrons may get a $75 credit score by taking the four-speed guide as an alternative (if a four-on-the-floor appears laughably outdated for 1987, needless to say Toyota bought US-market Tercels with that setup all through 1996).This automotive has the optionally available three-speed automated, which value $390 additional. Only a few Cimarron patrons chosen the three-pedal rig, although I’ve seen a pair in junkyards over time.

Uncommon? Sure. Beneficial? By no means.

Pushbutton air. Tilt wheel. Cruise. Energy nearly every part.