Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
We know the "compact" Cadillacs are a love-it-or-hate it proposition, the debate rages on every time a smaller car like the Cimarron or Catera is introduced by GM flagship make, but that's also why we'd put cars like this beautifully preserved 1989 Cadillac Seville Touring Sedan (STS) on our list of future collectables. Offered as a Limited Edition car with only 1,893 STS cars built in '89, the design has actually aged pretty well over the years and finding a low-mile example like this is not so easy (it's estimated that only 60 of these cars remain today), making them an affordable way to own something both rare and collectable.
There's no doubt that the 92,091 miles shown on the odometer of this elegant STS are authentic and the condition really bears this out. That's original White Diamond paint (one of only 4 colors available for the STS, and it's arguably the best-looking) on the bodywork and while it's showing a few very minor signs of age, along with a couple small areas that look to have been professionally re-touched to a very high standard, it shows incredibly well in person with a depth and luster that really pops thanks to pearlescence and metallic flake buried underneath the thick clearcoat. Lighter colors like this work particularly well on the Seville's redesigned rounded edges and aerodynamic aesthetic, giving it a luxurious, yet much more subdued look that certainly suits its upscale mission. STS exclusive features include a dramatically designed front fascia punctuated by a specialized grille with the iconic wreath-and-crest Cadillac badge integrated in the center, a color-matched lower air dam, side moldings, and side mirrors, a matte black export license plate surround, and a special cloisonn trunk lock cover that matches the badge up front. Up front you get matte black impact pads integrated into the front bumper, with similar vertical guard inserts found in the rear bumper, and the chrome trim that wraps around those bumpers is in really great shape, with the parking lights and directional signals flush-mounted up front, and red reflectors incorporated in the rear. Euro-style headlights were very popular in the late-'80s and early-'90s and they suit this sporty 4-door perfectly, while the three-color Euro lenses out back are the perfect endcap. The result is a unique car unlike anything that Cadillac had ever built and even though the design didn't last long, it still looks timeless today. And thanks to excellent build quality and conscientious ownership throughout the years, this STS still looks fantastic today.
Matching Beechwood leather works beautifully on a car that lets the sheetmetal styling speak for itself. Many Cadillacs from this era had such gaudy colors that it was hard to take them seriously, but for a collector, a timeless combination like this is what you want. The ultra-soft leather seats are in excellent shape with appropriate signs of use and age (mostly just light wrinkles in the front seats) but certainly no damage or any evidence of neglect, and the front buckets are 12-way power actuated with manual articulating headrests. The same great condition goes for the Beechwood Thaxton carpets and floor mats, the elegant door panels, center console, and the rear bucket seats that look almost completely unused. There's a lot of high-gloss elm burled wood trim inside this Cadillac, and it actually looks great against the light tan upholstery, with a high-class look you'd expect in a Rolls Royce. The industry's fascination with digital instrumentation hit its peak in 1989, but all the gauges here are fully functional and light up bright green when you turn the key, just ahead of that beautiful leather-rimmed steering wheel that is also accented in woodgrain. And everything was standard, including automatic climate control, power windows, locks, mirrors, and seats, a tilt column, cruise control, and a great-sounding Delco/Bose AM/FM/Cassette stereo. Even the trunk was finished nicely with matching Beechwood tara upholstery, and there's enough storage space to account for any long-distance trip.
Cadillac's sturdy 4.5 liter V8 lives under the hood, and while it won't win any drag races, the numbers-matching drivetrain has proven to be reliable over the years and is as smooth as anything else you'll ever drive. The 3rd generation Seville's featured the world's first computerized engine management system, and because that ECU paired with electronic dashboard so seamlessly and accurately, the innovation was copied by other car makers for years. The engine bay is quite original and in excellent shape with plenty of evidence of proper maintenance over the years. It starts easily with a muted V8 burble from the single exhaust pipe and the 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission turning the front wheels makes for effortless highway drives. The STS' biggest claim to fame was how well it performed on th
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